There are these weird not-so-sweet spots you hit as a grownup -- like the possibility of battling zits and gray hair at the same time. There's also the moment when you switch from stressing over how your parents screwed you up to stressing over how you're screwing up your own kids.
My grandma had a very large heart, and she sacrificed greatly to always make sure that her family came first and remained in a stable place.
I have 22 years of parenting experience. I've read hundreds of articles on how to parent. Often, I do find suggestions and insights that help, but parenting has a way of leaving me feeling humble, human and in need of more -- and so my quest for tools and tricks continues.
"Mommy, I don't want to grow taller than you. I always want to be able to look up to you," my tween son told me last night. I'm sure he meant that literally, but I couldn't help but take the message as a figurative one. Can I be a mom who will always be worth looking up to?
Getting enough sleep and eating well are critical for your child's growth and development. However, a few sugary treats and the occasional late night won't compromise his health in the long run.
My kids are human beings. With whom I am in relationship. It is one characterized by affection, trust, and attachment. I believe my children heed my influence because they feel secure and loved and free to make wise choices and empowered to behave well.
No one is going to knock on your front door and bring you the job you want, the partner you want, the body you want, or sunshine in a box. The only thing that will be delivered to your front door is what you have bought and paid for -- whether by money or effort or love.
People judge you if you don't confess undying love for parenting every single second of the day. But, here's the thing: It sucks. It consumes you. It takes away your life
Rayna embraced the struggle. When she faced adversity on the basketball court, she stepped up her game. She embraced the struggle. After contracting bacterial meningitis and losing her arms and legs, Rayna also stepped up her game (in life).
I try. We all do. But the fact of the matter is, it's almost impossible not to cuss after you have kids. So, after much research, here are the things that help me...
Part of growing up, it would seem, is slowly realizing one's perspective is not the only one to exist. This realization is a slower process, however, than one would imagine.
Sometimes difficult situations bring blessings. And one of these blessings was the bond that grew between my children and their grandparents.
What if the spill and its respective price tag were like pulling off a BandAid: quick and stings a little, but sufficient to remove a layer of armor I had built between myself and... well, in this case, myself?
Being more empathetic is one of my parenting and personal goals this year, so I started digging more deeply into this concept to understand how to put empathy into action.
Forgiving yourself is another way of giving yourself permission to get out of your own way. To see the truth for what it is, rather than hide behind it. If we take self-forgiveness moments, it changes our perspective, and therefore our approach to life. Our mood lifts, and we return to feeling happy and having that inner calm again.
How do you talk to your kids about drinking when they regularly see you enjoying a glass of wine with dinner?