Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Train Analogy and Helping Your Child Work Through Their Emotions

My heart is hurting tonight…I come up feeling like I continually fail when it comes to parenting my children lately. As clichéd as it sounds, It’s a truly fine line that we walk as parents…we are the teachers, the nurturers, the role models, the disciplinarians, the rule-setters, etc. We are often so many more things to our children, and so many of them at one time.

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My Darling Children: I Have Failed You

My dear, sweet, wonderful children, I know that life has not always been everything that you imagine when you wake up every day. Every night I am with you, and every night we are together on the phone, I wish for you to have “beautiful, happy, and the sweetest of dreams” because I want you to live in a world where you either only see the good in things and people, or that you FIRST see the good, and judge accordingly.

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Twin Girls in Georgia Die After Being Left in a Hot Car

Tragedies like this should never happen.

Please understand that there are absolutely no circumstances in which it is safe or remotely okay to leave someone who is not capable of fending for themselves (regardless of their age) strapped helplessly inside of a place where they do not have access to basic life needs.

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Bravery in the Face of Tragedy: One Mom’s Advice to Parents

Go hug your babies right now. Soak in their smell, look at the innocent sparkle in their eyes that is lost somewhere between childhood and adulthood. Really feel how they squeeze you. Set down your phone and see them through the lens of your eyes not only the lens of your camera. Remember the feeling of their head on your shoulder, their hand in yours, their sloppy kisses on your cheeks. Nurse them one more time. Sleep is overrated. Listen five minutes longer about Star Wars, Minecraft and Disney princesses.

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Why I Am Raising Soft Kids by Jen Johnson

(Originally published on Choosing Kind blog by Jen Johnson.)

Life, recently.

Sweet mother of all that is holy and good, you guys, my heart has been so weary.

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