We could see the wonder in his eyes, and in the eyes of the two other toddlers there that afternoon. Thankfully, they couldn't see the nostalgia in ours.
Not everything I do is because of "the divorce" or because I don't like you. Please try to remember what you felt like when you were my age. No matter how good a parent you are, I'm probably going to try to pull away or even rebel in small or big ways.
Introverted teens require less social stimulation and appear to be more comfortable than their more outgoing extroverted peers with being alone. I say let's celebrate both personality types and stop making the assumption that introverts are at a distinct disadvantage.
I will always love you, but I won't always like you. Now, as young kids, you do things that try my patience, and if a friend did the same things, I'd tell her off. But you are my kids, and I love you, so I don't. I imagine this feeling will intensify when you're teenagers.
Looking back I don't know if it was the inspiration of a courageous little girl who lived so close by, who was treated at the very same hospital, or our continued commitment in a world where it's hard to keep commitments, but I know that she and her siblings have gotten the message -- "when life gives you lemons, do something about it."
Any husband and father worth his salt will tell you that coming home to happy kids is so much better than coming home to a clean house... and the best ones will come home and tell you how awesome you are as they unload the dishwasher for you.
While I sat in that room, helplessly waiting for both my wife and my daughter to heal, I learned a lot.
A lot of parents nowadays are all into empathizing with and validating their kids, which is awesome, but don't forget that this doesn't mean you have to stop teaching them to be nice.
Maybe we should start looking at our bodies as amazing creations instead of things in need of constant tweaking to meet a made-up ideal.
Yes, I believe in parenting mindfully. To me, this means I hold an intention to raise children who are conscious, compassionate and thankful. But this is clearly a work in progress.
It goes without saying that your teen will pay much more attention to what you do than what you say. If you are constantly on the phone, text at stop lights, bring your phone to bed and are not present for your own kids, then they will follow your lead.
There are a few things in life that I have learned you absolutely DO NOT skimp on. Child care is one of them. (The others are plastic surgery, toilet paper, dish soap and a mechanic.)
Every parent, regardless of his or her values or disciplinary strategy, is guilty of pulling an occasional fast one, doing something a bit out of character in order to maintain their sanity throughout parenthood. And, I'm sorry to say, I'm about to expose you all -- or at least myself.
I'm going to let them cry it out... for five minutes until I go back in begging them to go back to sleep while considering climbing into the crib with them.
While I loved being a mom more than I can possibly describe, and while I appreciated the flexibility my career afforded me, most of the time inside my head I was a complete train wreck. I was riddled with the guilt that comes from the perfectionist belief that nothing I did was ever going to be quite good enough.
Our kids aren't all that different then we were at this age. But their access to social media makes their quickly made decisions capable of being a little bigger, a little louder, have a little more impact, a bigger punch, if you will.