This phrase came to me while I was folding clothes today. Odd, yes, I agree. But hear me out for a minute. Continue reading
Purposeful Parenting Tip: Lend a hand to another mother even if you get nothing in return.
Some of you may have heard of a cool business called “Help A Reporter Out (HARO)”. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s like a cry for help from reporters who are looking to write stories and are in need of content – quickly. As a subscriber, you review the list of current requests and if you have content that would prove helpful to them, you respond. You may even get quoted or be featured on TV. Brilliant idea! 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
Purposeful Parent Tip: Letting go of our children, while difficult, is necessary.
Moms and dads placed their kids on the school bus this morning or dropped them off at school feeling a bit differently than just a few days ago. The events in Newtown CT have forever changed this morning ritual. Whereas in the past, these few minutes might have been spent with a quick kiss and a “see you later” message, today, there were a few more kisses. A bigger hug. A message of “I love you.” 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