Connecting with peace puts children in harmony with life. When children connect with peace, they live a life of joy, because that is what they attract.
As a mom of four, plus two step-children, I have learned a few things over the last 14 years. I'm not saying that what I have learned will work for you. I'm only saying that if it doesn't work for you, then you're probably not doing it right.
Diet Coke. Fed to my pristinely exclusively organic baby. I had two choices: I could freak out and make a complete jerk of myself to someone who clearly had zero ill intentions toward my child, or I could let it go.
We need to face it: No parent is perfect all the time. It's okay to have bad days, or to look back and realize we had a bad parenting afternoon. Junior will live. And we'll feel better for being honest, rather than wracked with guilt.
As a new mom, I resented my law degree. I resented the responsibility and the expectation it placed on me. But for the first time in a long while, I am grateful to be an attorney. I am grateful to have a profession.
Sometimes our work will force us to be away. Sometimes we will be tired. Sometimes things will be messy (figuratively and literally).
Our children see more than we think. We can tell them what to do, but they will follow the actions we take.
Your grandson told me recently that he picked me to be his mom before he was born. That boy has more wisdom and truth in his heart than any child I've ever met
Just as more and more businesses are opening their doors to kids with differences, you weren't able to think outside your own big blue and yellow box that afternoon.
Maybe it's time we put the cameras away and allow the picture to develop in our minds instead of on a memory card
If your child is in the midst of waging the unwinnable battle that is puberty, or even if he or she is just making some questionable grooming choices along the windy, circuitous path to self-acceptance, try to resist the urge to step in with a save.
You don't need a significant other to be significant. I wish I'd spent less time as a teenager thinking I "needed" a boyfriend. Enjoy friendships. They usually last longer, anyway.
Sometimes we need a little help to let go of the day or transition into another role (example: from working professional to parent). At the end of your day or the end of your work day, write out a few lines about what happened as a tangible way to "close the book" on that part of your day.
I know, logically, that the kiss didn't heal my hurts. The kiss was an expression of love and comfort. Now that I'm a mom, I kiss boo boos and owies to help them go away.
As parents, we have the responsibility to model resilience for our kids. To teach them to manage disappointment. To show them that not every slight is life-altering -- and that a medical diagnosis and not making the varsity team don't deserve the same emotional response.
Last week, I visited two public schools in Los Angeles to help lower and middle class seniors decide which college to accept by May 1. After speaking with these struggling students, I re-designed my presentations for the rest of this month to focus on these five topics.