Most people can't imagine commanding their friends, acquaintances, or co-workers to "unfriend them" in real life when they don't agree with them about every detail on a trending topic or tightly held belief. So why do we do it on social media?
We all have those "Oh man, I really screwed up" times during parenting. And, we spend days after feeling stupid or annoyed or guilty, until, you know, someone else does something just as dumb so we can feel better about ourselves.
Babies enter into the world utterly dependent on their caregivers. The art of good parenting comes in knowing when to help our children grow strong by letting them struggle on their own. The story of The Man and the Butterfly demonstrates the importance of helping wisely:
It's most important to keep your heart, mind, and soul open in love and appreciation to those who have led by example to help you do your best for your own family. Perhaps our own children will remember this security and love, giving them the solid foundation that will help them break new ground in their own future family life.
I am a work-from-home mother of three who has spent the past few weeks dreaming of the new school year. Now that the 2015 school year is almost here, I can barely contain myself.
They say all kids are special. Well, if that's true, then doesn't "special" lose meaning? If every single child is special, does ordinary become extinct or nonexistent?
At the car, I realized my husband wasn't with us. I buckled the kids in, said goodbye to friends, and got in the seat when he popped up with... a bag from the store with the dress that cost too much money and that we weren't going to buy.
You can absolutely love an animal to the moon and back. But at some point we have to acknowledge that this whole child/pet comparison thing is a little bit crazy. Pets and kids are not the same. If I raised my kid like a pet, I'd be in prison. And that's a pretty huge difference.
My scars tell stories of childhood folly, poor judgment, and horrible luck. My hope is that these stories will someday make the leap from "bar anecdotes" to "teachable moments for my children."
I met Anne Armstrong through an online business course we both took, and her My Gnome on the Roam project really spoke to me. At the time, I was looking for ways to better balance my new career path with my kids' growing needs to connect and have my attention, so that I wouldn't feel that exhausting "guilty" feeling of missing out and not doing "enough."
Louisville trial lawyer Sheila Hiestand is 6 foot tall, outgoing and vivacious. She has the total inner confidence that made her a Hall of Fame college basketball player and now one of Kentucky's top trial attorneys.
Our Utah trip tested the fears of at least one of us. Together, we marveled at the vast landscape, the untouched earth, and as a pair, we found a home in the great outdoors. I'm sure it's a concept that resonates with many of us, but which is actually attained so rarely. It's what keeps us enjoying our beautiful country. But I still asked myself: Was it the place? Was it my daughter? Or was it me?
I started with a very basic definition of dead: something that's not moving or breathing. Then I explained how some things are never alive and others are alive for a while and then they die. And finally, I used Elmo's World type questions to help him sort out the ideas and the differences.
At age 64, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour is still going strong, and has so many life lessons to share for moms and others.
Remember that crazed clown at the circus? She was the one spinning a dozen flaming torches while peddling a unicycle on a high wire as the out-of-tune calliope wheezed out a medley of manic music. Young women today probably aren't impressed with frenetic clown tricks because that vision represents their daily life -- a never-ending juggle of family, job, home, community, and self.
I learned that people's perception of my abilities paled in comparison to my son's perception of his mother. His laugh when I stopped to play with blocks or his smile when I stopped to read him a book, was -- and is -- better than any congratulations I'd receive on any project.