We had an amazing gift, did we really want to jump onto that emotional roller coaster again? If not for those lightning strikes on Little Tree Lane all those years ago, I could very well have been a person who believed you beat the odds but once in a lifetime. But as it happens I was not.
Yesterday, I was an a-hole. Today, I'm, well... I'm a little bit less of an a-hole. I've approached the end of judgment.
Of all the virtues, honestly might be the trickiest. As a parent, I can understand the mentality of, "thanks for telling the truth... but you're still in trouble for you bad behavior." Being honest doesn't excuse bad behavior. But should it?
Let's hope for more children's narratives with strong girls and women who enjoy romance without it being the only driving force in their lives. Maybe sometimes the stories don't have to include romance at all.
Step 54. Clean up three pounds of cereal from the floor. Wish for a dog. Step 55. Explain that you don't care if they think they washed their hands, they are still completely covered with Nutella and they need to do it again. Step 56. Go find your shoes rather than hear screaming at close distance.
We never have only one talk about anything! Kids learn through repetition and they need reminders every day to help them make good choices. So, why would I treat something as important a sex any differently?
When my son pitched a two-hitter and knocked in the winning run, I cheered. When he got into the college of his choice, I hugged him. When he won the English Student Of the Year Award, I shrieked. Still, it all pales in comparison with my reaction to when he said he had a date for his school's senior prom.
The Golden Girls shouldered each other's burdens and shared in each other's good times. It is funny, heartbreaking and beautiful to watch. I hope that my daughter is blessed with great friends with whom she can share both joy and sadness.
If you choose to learn what your consciousness is teaching you -- because it really is a choice -- and you don't want to feel like you're Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day," then take note of these three ways to gain awareness and remain cool, calm, and centered no matter what happens.
"I have anxiety today." You wouldn't believe how often I hear this statement from my friends. Heck, I probably say it to them several times each week...
By now we've all been accosted by the news that Fox -- the brilliant organization behind such gems as Bones! and The Swan! (note my sarcasm) -- has canceled The Mindy Project. Let's all take a moment to sob. And sob some more. Now hiccup cry. Now breathe deeply. One more sob.
There are certainly times when magic can be created in an instant. But more often than not, it takes time and nurturing to cultivate something magical. So once we have it, it needs to be both cherished and protected. That way, if someday it leaves you forever, you will appreciate it all the more.
The answer to the question, "How can I be a good parent?" may be as simple as applying what we know about what makes a good corporate manager to parenting.
Sometimes the push toward progress is so fast and so furious that it's tempting to look backward only in order to put your company's growth in perspective. For instance, last year we had 250 employees.
Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Sir Ranulph Fiennes - the world's greatest living explorer - for Spartan Up! The Podcast. Fiennes has an arsenal of backbreaking, boundary-pushing, life-risking, hard to believe stories; the type that transport you right to the very places he triumphed over.
Career woman. Involved mother. Loving partner. Is it really possible to have it all -- and not have a nervous breakdown from the stress?