Appreciating another’s individuality is a lovely idea, except for the fact that individuality sometimes scares us.
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Do you ever wonder why one child comes unglued if you get mad at them while your other could care less? This is a fantastic book that helps you understand different personalities–first and foremost, your own. By taking a short quiz at the beginning, you find out what “color” you are: red, blue, white or yellow. The main distinguishing factor between the colors is what motivates you. Reds are…
Recently, while with a couple of my kids, we saw a mother, father, grandfather and six children walking by us. With large opened eyes, and a slightly louder-than-it-should-be voice, my six-year-old, Ellie, announced, “Wow. That is a lot of people.” I started to tell Ellie it is only one more (child) than our family […]
Recently, while sitting with a group of women learning from each other, one mother described how she spent an hour or so playing ‘Zoo’ with her children. She was actually down on the floor playing with them complete with animal sounds and gestures! I was touched by her sincerity and emotion as she described the […]
It’s confession time: I have a shopping problem. While my husband might be tempted to tell you the problem is spending too much money (which maybe it is sometimes), the real problem is that I’m not investing money in things that will last me a long time.
June Cleaver has been the butt of many jokes over the years. She became the quintessential mother during the postwar era, donning pearls and heels on an ordinary day while dishing up moral guidance and comfort alongside her hearty and well balanced five o’clock dinner. For whatever reason, she came to represent all things good and […]
In 1984, my mom died. She was 50 and I was 19. She had breast cancer. Let me back up a minute to tell you why she died. We were a bohemian, hippie family living in Topanga, California. We were vegans (that included no white sugar or white flour) and only organic food. We […]
I believe that I can learn from anyone, even if I don’t agree with them, particularly if they share their successes and failures in achieving something. Amy Chua does just that in her book as she recounts how she helped her children become great musicians.
So often these days, every kid gets a trophy just for playing on a team and standouts are not recognized very often for going that extra mile. Do you think, if you dig deep down, the blame for this should be traced back to our moms (in the end, isn’t every thing always blamed on the moms anyway — smirk)?
I just read a very interesting article in the New York Times called “Fear (Again) of Flying” by Judith Warner. The article talks about how so many women in the 1970’s wanted OUT of traditional roles that felt restrictive. They wanted to reach higher and expand their horizons and create new possibilities for themselves and women […]
As a child, I remember my parents singing a blessing known as puja over an offering of fruit. The blessing was during a special ceremony where I was being given a new Mantra, a special word children focus on as they meditate. Children’s meditation consists of focusing while allowing other thoughts or distractions to come […]
We talk a lot about the mothering attributes we want to develop, but now it’s time to reflect on what our kids want us to develop–or better yet, the qualities they already recognize and appreciate in us! Perhaps this small survey will provide valuable insight into what matters most to our children. So think about it, […]