Today, most people wouldn't even guess that my son is an introvert, and I think that's because he's been well supported and understood in his early years. He totally enjoys parties and chaos now, but he has a definite limit, and he can identify when he's reached that limit. That's when I hear the question, "Can we go home now?"
We aren't just here to work and pay bills and rush around. As humans, we have the luxury to witness and marvel at the earth on which we find ourselves. We can all take that breath every now and then and fully drink in the loveliness.
Is there a way to hit pause on our to-do-lists and just give ourselves permission to play? I think we must. Play can be simple or elaborate. Think back to your own childhood and remind yourself of what brought you joy. There are no rules, except of course, that you have to have fun!
You know those moments when your child is grouchy, whiny, or lashing out? Well, there is an (almost) instant cure that will soothe the most troubled little heart or weary body. Reading Aloud. At the heart of this idea is connection, and that’s what children (and any human) need most when they are having a hard time. They need to […]
I think it's so important to be open to creativity as an adult, and to encourage our children in their exploration. And also, those to- do-lists will always be there, so let's enjoy the ride shall we?
When I find myself in a mood that I can’t stand, or when I can’t believe how messy my house is, I perform this small, simple ritual to make myself feel better; I clean the kitchen sink. I take my time, scrubbing, and making it as shiny as can be. Then I leave a little splash of water in it, […]
In my experience, these 4 things have made the most positive and lasting contribution to my happiness. They take time and consistent effort, but without them, I become irritable, exhausted, and impatient. With them, I am a source of energy, compassion, and creativity. Even though I often have to talk myself into making these things a priority, I am always, always, so glad I did!
We all have days when things are not going well. You're grouchy. You're tired. You have no cream for you coffee. Whatever the reason, you find yourself spiraling and you know an explosion is imminent. So what do you do? In my humble opinion, you have two options..
Option One ~
When a baby is held in a caregiver's arms, she is experiencing the world at the same physical level of adults; she sees more, touches more, feels more, and hears more than babies who are carried at knee level in a stroller or car seat.