By the time my daughter reached the fourth grade, I had little involvement in her studies and now, as she heads toward the end of the 10th grade, I have none. Nor do I have to ask her to do her homework. Or study. Ever. I wish I did.
We are an infinitely small piece of something that is infinitely large, unknowable and majestic. And relative to these realities, what other people think about you simply does not matter.
Although energized when we finally reached the summit, I appreciate the experience so much more now as I reflect back. The photos and videos are reminders of what I accomplished that I didn't fully recognize during the trek itself.
When I found out that I was having twin girls, I remember immediately thinking, "oh wow, I can't wait to decorate their room!" Then that emotion was followed by, "are my only options pink and purple?"
It's easy to be at peace when everything is going great. When we have the money, people, time, and everything we want in life is exactly the way we want, peace is easily attainable. But that's rare.
The first 18 months of my baby's life were filled with moments I felt the need to apologize for. Like when I used her naptime to binge watch Game of Thrones instead of reading that Baby Whisperer book. Or when that wine cork popped and woke her up 30 seconds after I left her room. Or using my last two dollars at a garage sale to buy Fifty Shades of Grey instead of the teddy bear she was eyeing.
Take a moment now, pause and wake up. Look around you and realize that everything you see, everything you experience is a gift, and someday it may not be here. And, be grateful that someday it may not be here, for that is precisely what makes it all so precious.
All that's required is opening your heart and your arms in acceptance.
Being the mother of a toddler is definitely a roller coaster ride. It's an experience that cannot be put into words and cannot be bought with a price. You just have to experience it.
When I was in high school, I did a program called Outward Bound where we hiked across Colorado for two weeks. On one of the mountains we were hiking, ...
I've become aware pornography isn't going away. It's a problem and we parents have to be willing to discuss it, not just with our daughters, but with our sons as well.
Since our kids turned pre-kindergarten aged, our rule has been: They will eat everything on their plate or they don't get up. I put a small amount of every meal component (usually a protein, a carbohydrate, and a vegetable) on their plates, and they have to eat everything. Plus drink their milk. Sweets are saved as weekend treats. And here's why.
I have therefore decided that we can very much look forward to our twilight years. The years, in which we can be grandparents, doing grandparent things and making grandparent judgments. I have taken notes and here are the 10 ways that we will be better grandparents than we are parents:
The next time someone actually asks you for something, and your inner voice says no, tell them.
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