This year’s family vacation was short but heartfelt. We went to the country to visit family. My son was overjoyed. He was welcomed, fed, and showered with love. He tirelessly played, laughed, and made new friends. His huge smile revealed how much he needed and appreciated this moment. I don't think we realized how this... Continue Reading →
For children, a healthy view of self happens when children can acknowledge, recognize, and have confidence in their goodness. This week I reviewed two great children's stories that deal with issues of confidence and positive self-affirmation.
This is simply one of those books that everyone needs to read. There have been moments in my life where I have been extremely self-absorbed. This novel is like a gut check.
Living a healthy lifestyle should not be hard or confusing. What started as a food frustration has become an awakening. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan has been there for me in this time of food “awakening”. This book deals with the complexities of the food on our plate.
Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman, addresses the issues of voting rights in the United States. To be honest, after reading this book, I felt disappointed in myself. When you truly understand the violence, assisatations, brutality, and murders that had to happen in order for a person to simply check a name on a ticket, you either begin to understand and revere the privilege you have to be able to vote; or, you begin to understand how entitled and self absorbed you have become
what happens when he begins to understand that something unexplainable is happening. Here is a list of kid-friendly stories that explain the Pandemic and uniqueness of the times.
My child loves yellow cheese. Kraft singles, sharp cheddar, or Velveeta, as long as its yellow, it doesn't matter. Like most toddlers, he tends to be a picky eater. But when I found out how much he loves cheese, I used it as leverage to motivate him to be the balanced eater that I wanted... Continue Reading →
As we journey through the age of 3, I know that this will be a story that JohnJohn and I will reference often. There will come a time when he needs to be reminded of what it means to be virtuous or what to do when he faces another adversarius “troublemaker”.
There is no such thing as a sitcom, perfect parent. Trauma, no matter how it presents itself in the family, affects children. What is to be appreciated is how honest the writer is in illustrating this trauma.