Purposeful Parenting Tip: If you start something, finish it.
“Finish your shot!” “Follow through!” These are the words I hear often at my children’s basketball games from the parents in the stands. For those of you with children in this sport, you know that these commands are instructing the kids to not just throw up the ball and move on, but rather to see it through to either ensure it goes in or to rebound the ball and try again. In short, don’t give up. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: It takes more than wishing to make your dreams and goals come true.
My daughter has just learned a valuable life lesson. As you know, my kids and I spent time on New Year’s Eve morning writing out our aspirations and goals for 2013. One of my daughter’s goals was to not argue with me as much. That goal came crashing down in a fiery ball the other night. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Be grateful for the year that passed and dream big for the year ahead.
Happy New Year! You made it through the holidays and now you have a brand new year in front of you. What is it going to look like? On New Year’s Eve morning, my children and I sat down and listed all of the things we were grateful for in 2012 and we planned ahead for what we wanted 2013 to be. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: There’s more to Christmas than presents. Share the Christmas story with your children.
The shopping is done. The dinner is being prepared. The gifts have been exchanged. Take a deep breath – it’s Christmas Day! For weeks you have been getting ready for this day and it is here. How will you spend it? Who will share this day with you? What memories will you create? 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: It’s OK to show emotion in front of your children. You are not a robot.
About four years ago, my daughter walked into my office and saw me crying. She asked me what was wrong and within seconds, said, “Grandma died, right?” I squeaked out a “Yes” and hugged her. I walked into the living room where my son was sitting on the couch and told him the news. I explained to both of them that Grandma was very sick and that her body just couldn’t fight any more. She was in heaven with the angels. Continue reading