“Being a mom is the hardest job in the world.” I hear this from my mom peeps all the time. Yes, parenting is a challenge, especially in our world today, but isn’t nearly everything? Continue reading
Purposeful Parenting Tip: You and your child were created uniquely and perfectly. Don’t waste your time trying to be like someone else.
“It’s perfect!” “It’s just what I wanted!” Those are the words we want to hear after we give a friend or loved one a gift. We spend a lot of time picking out something we know they will enjoy and love. We would never think to give a gift that wasn’t ideally matched to the person we’re giving it to, right? So then why do we discount our own gifts which have been perfectly chosen for us? Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Showing your emotions to your child in moderation is critical to their development of empathy and compassion for others.
Last night I watched The Voice coaches and contestants pay tribute to the victims of the Newtown CT shooting. Tears welled up in my eyes and gently fell down my face. My daughter walked in, saw me crying and said, “Mommy, why do you keep watching this stuff? It just makes you cry.” I told her that these tears are different. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Life is full of disappointments. Teach your child to deal with the little ones so they are better equipped to handle the big ones.
Disappointment. The ice cream cone that falls to the ground. The balloon that flies away. The toy that gets broken. Minor blips to an adult, but to a child, it’s the end of the world. Tears of sadness fall from little faces and a mom’s heart breaks just a little as she wipes the tears away saying “It’s ok.” The balloon will be forgotten, the toy may be replaced, but the pain of disappointment may linger for a bit longer. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Teach your Child Compassion for Others
I spent most of Sunday night hovered over the toilet. You know the scene. My son had so graciously shared his stomach bug with me and it was rearing its ugly head. I do believe there is nothing worse than sitting alone in the dark hugging the porcelain god and praying for it all to just stop. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: The shortest word in the English language is “No”.
Recently my daughter came home with paperwork regarding tryouts for her middle school play. She was very excited and wanted to learn more about the play’s characters so she could determine which one she should try out for. I explained each of the characters and gave a suggestion or two into which ones I thought she might enjoy the most. What happened over the next week surprised even me. Continue reading