Tag Archive: kindness

Our little ambassador of love

She scurries off to the dining room mid-sentence (aka the kids’ playroom and craft center) and comes back in no time with two handmade Valentines. One for me and one for my husband. A trail of glitter, scrap paper, and tiny red hearts left behind. She effusively exclaims that Valentine’s Day is her favorite holiday….

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Nothing and Everything

I still cannot even speak the words. Like all of you, I’ve been reading about it since the horrific news flashed across my computer screen on Friday morning. I’ve even gone on live television and have written a column for my local newspaper discussing ways to talk with your children about this tragedy. But still…I…

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Lost in the parent shuffle

As I walk into the exam room, she’s already on the exam table. All 18 pounds of her. She’s grabbing her toes and has a wide smile on her face. Her mother and I exchange greetings and we begin discussing her growth and development. I shine the otoscope light for her to see. First into…

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On losing my perspective and getting it back again

I got knocked down. Completely out of breath. My direction unknown to me. All perspective lost. All I wanted to do in those moments of fear, hurt, and humiliation was to hide. To gather up my little family, lock our doors and keep those cruel words at bay. But they assaulted me at every turn….

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Tweaking our parenting perspective

I’m not a parenting expert. I don’t have all the answers to doing this parenting gig “right”. Not by a long shot. In fact, I’ve been very candid about my parenting mishaps. Take a look here and here. Oh, and here too. Parenting is hard. It’s also the most important thing we’ll ever do. We’ve…

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Boys Will Be Boys?

This is more of a question than a statement. As mother to a newly crowned six year old, this popular refrain weighs heavily on my mind. I had never given the notion that “boys will be boys” much credence. It’s a sentiment I’d often hear from parents observing their own boys pushing or shoving each…

Kindness Matters

When someone asks me (usually, it’s my husband) what I wish for our children, my usual and honest answer is, I just want them to be happy and healthy. Simple, true and it really is what I want for them. Then, I read this article on The Motherlode, an excellent New York Times parenting blog, and…