Archives for 2007

Don’t Worry!

It was one of those dull, gray Monday mornings earlier this week when I was sitting in my doctor’s office being administered a medication via IV for several hours.  Unfortunately, I had neglected to find a good book to accompany me on this boring morning in a cold, geriatric environment. Therefore, I had a lot […]

Parents – 12 Holiday Tips For Balance, Harmony, and Joy

This time of year, we look forward to the excitement and fun of the holiday season: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year are all occasions to rejoice and celebrate with family and friends. With the holidays, though, comes more than the usual amount of juggling, multitasking, planning, making, going, doing … the to-do […]

Progress, not Perfection

Progress, not Perfection Yesterday I noticed a bumper sticker in my dentist’s parking lot which read, “Progress, not perfection.” Hundreds of examples of how to apply that motto to childrearing rushed through my head as I made my way past that shiny sedan. Although most of those ideas flew right out of my brain by […]

Pursuit of Comfort

One of the greatest fallacies of our time is the mistaken social rule that “happiness means being comfortable”. When was the last time that you saw modern-day movie where the hero or heroine was happy to be in an impoverished and uncomfortable state? Advertisers play upon this unspoken rule by convincing us that pain need […]

You Can’t Teach It If You Don’t Know It!

If you were asked to deliver a lecture about marine biology in thirty minutes, would you be able to give a terrific speech? Probably not. And neither would I. How about if the subject was antique marble collecting? Or ancient Chinese weaving techniques? The point is: We cannot teach that which we do not know. […]

Mom Song

Go ahead… you deserve a laugh!

“Who wants to be an emotional millionaire?”

Happy. Sad. Most youngsters can recognize these feelings from a very early age. However, what about the myriad of other feelings that pop up within our hearts? Anger. Loneliness. Excitement. Jealousy. Worry. Disappointment. Anticipation The ability to express and recognize our emotions has a tremendous impact on our lives. Our ability to communicate with others […]

Juggling!

Every busy parent knows that life is a continuous juggling act in the midst of a three-ring-circus.  Trust me, I have three little boys, each of whom manages to demand, perform, and behave in excess of a Barnum and Bailey show! Every day you pack enough sandwiches and cook sufficient food to feed small third-world-country.  […]

Protecting Our Children

Protecting our children By Wade Meszaros,  Mental Health Child & Youth Therapist I have been involved in counselling families and children for the past 15 years. One of the most devastating experiences a person can go through is an abusive experience. I have found over the years the most horrendous damage is done when a […]

Responsibility!

There are so many powerful thoughts regarding raising small souls cruising through my mind today that I scarcely know where to begin! We recently returned from a most unique vacation- a wilderness program for ‘at-risk’ teens in the San Francisco Bay area. After my husband worked in the camp for the latter half of July, […]