How do we teach our children to be grateful? I keep trying to teach my 7-year-old about being content with what she has and that happiness does not come from outside material items but rather from within us. But lately I feel like my messages aren’t getting through. It seems like every time I, or
Dear Self at… Age 2: You’re so proud that mommy hung that ornament you made. It’ll be a few more years before you realize she hung it on the back of the tree. Don’t judge – 30 years from now, you’ll be throwing away your kids’ artwork when they aren’t looking. Age 5: Your kindergarten teacher IS
So many times I find myself trying to cram so much into my spare time. I mean, who doesn’t? We have such little free time. And in this little bit of free time, who doesn’t feel the obligation to pursue activities to keep our little ones entertained whiling trying to also create memories for them?
I think I’m pretty lucky. I lived in the same house for my whole life until getting my first apartment after college. Even then, my parents remained and I was able to visit any time I wanted. That big, brown house on the end of Jade Tree Lane, full of trees and memories, was such a staple in my life.
Like fellow blogger Gena recently wrote in her post, I am a type A person, and by extension, a type A parent. I try…really hard, actually…to just go with the flow, but it’s not something that comes naturally to me. I like things planned, organized, and done ahead of time. Dinner is always at 6:30, baths