Parenting

Time makes you bolder

Time makes you bolder

Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” is one of my favorite songs about life and embracing change. For me, it’s about evolution, courage, and growth. Depending on my mood, the lyrics feel nostalgic, happy, hopeful, and sometimes bittersweet.

Change is inevitable. It’s often scary, paralyzing or frightening. Yet it can also be exhilarating, freeing and liberating.

The lion, the cow, and a lesson in resilience

The lion, the cow, and a lesson in resilience

Once upon a time, I missed the parenting memo.

The one that said kids know what they want. Until the moment that they don’t. The one that explains the fine nuances of raising children, and how sometimes parents need to stop struggling and start being flexible to create win/win situations.

When my kids were little, they were going to be cows for Halloween one year. That is, until Halloween morning arrived.

Good morning, great kids

Good morning, great kids

Good morning!  Forgot your homework?  That permission slip was due yesterday?  Where’s your backpack?  Hurry up, catch that bus!  Never mind, I’ll drive.  Where are my keys?”…Does this sound like your home?  I bet you probably started off with great plans to stay on top of the paperwork, assignments, and get everybody off to school on time.  How are you doing so far?  Do you find yourself fishing out leftover lunches and forgotten school papers, or racing over to school to drop off forgotten reports and lunches?  There is a simpler way.

Let them be little

Let them be little

Kids are pressured to grow up too quickly. Summer is the perfect time to let them be little for just awhile longer. Last week was my nephew’s Farewell to First Grade. Do you know the song Let Them Be Little? Yup, that song got me totally choked up! Raising children is about the quiet moments, shared memories, and traditions we create at every age.

In my nephew's first grade room, I remembered how quickly my own children have grown up.