Somewhere in my youth I got the impression that there are two types of people. The extraordinary... you know those people who are beautiful, popular, super intelligent, or rich. And then there are the ordinary...people who have to work exceptionally hard to accomplish things, who have bad hair days, and have many bumps in the … Continue reading Letting go of Ordinary
I have a confession to make. One of my pet peeves is when someone says "Hey, how are you doing?" but they don't listen or really even care about my reply. I have been tempted during one of my off days, to spill my guts and say something like "life really stinks right now because … Continue reading Face Time: The value of setting apart time for face to face conversation with children.
When I was a child, my siblings and I spent very little time being entertained by our parents. We found countless ways to fill our time. For example, while waiting at the supermarket checkout, we either helped our parents load the groceries or talked to the cashier. (Once I even stole candy, "oh no"). When … Continue reading Tolerating Boredom
Have you ever (like me) glanced at people's pictures of their seemingly perfect family/selfies on social networking sites and wonder .... how is it possible ???? I mean, when I actually try to stage a picture of my kids, one is typically looking at some vehicle passing by and the other most likely has food … Continue reading Being Real: “It okay that all your ducks aren’t in a row”
This week we have been continuing our goal of recognizing the necessary people in our life. In my last post, I discussed how I was motivated by the book "Listen, Love Repeat" to make a list of the essential people in my family's day to day life. Our aim is to slowly go through the … Continue reading Necessary People (part 2)
Mail Carriers. Plumbers. Cashiers. Sanitation Workers..... are all necessary people in our day to day lives, however we often forget their importance.... until there is a problem. A few days ago our power went out in the middle of the night. I wasn't too concerned until 5:45am when my toddler awoke and it was still … Continue reading Necessary People
Mehhrrr... Mehhrrr.... is my favorite line from the children's book Crankenstein. A story about a young boy who sees the glass half empty. Have you ever had a day when all you could say was "Mehhrrr" in response to the trouble that comes your way. Let's face it, we all have cranky days sometimes. Those days … Continue reading Loving Cranky People
I came to this realization a few weeks ago that in order to show more empathy, I need to slow my life down. I figured that if I began to pack less into my schedule then I would be able to more readily notice the needs of other around me. Strangely, this new revealation set … Continue reading Slowing Down