Teaching Thankfulness and Gratitude

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the difference between a day and a whole life. Sometimes it’s difficult to see the difference between life and a moment.  *The words in italics are about my spirituality. Feel free to skip that and just read about how we guide our children to being thankful and showing gratitude. * Easter is…

The Danger of Positive Thinking

Some of you’ve heard me talk about Positive Thinking before and how important it is to me, specifically to my journey through chemo. So you may wonder why I’d suggest ‘positive thinking’ is dangerous. I’d like to explain why I believe it’s dangerous as well as why things like positive affirmations and ‘support’ from friends…

Moving from Black to Beige

I’ve spent much of my life in a black box. I seldom felt I was good enough for others, I didn’t have a sense of self. I didn’t know who I was. Those feelings continued until very recently. Life in a Black Box wasn’t always dark, but the best I ever saw was a muted…

Failure to Thrive

As a nurse working in the Intermediate Care Nursery with premature babies we watched for and treated babies who were ‘failure to thrive’. Those babies didn’t grow, didn’t develop. Sometimes it was a simple matter to help those babies thrive, sometimes it took more work to find out why those babies didn’t thrive. Today I…

A Box With No Windows

A friend recently told me about a parenting moment where he yelled at one of his children, repeatedly, while they were on an outing together. At the end of the outing they were both angry, upset and picking fights with everyone else. Instead of building connection, the outing pushed a wedge between them. While my friend and…