I've done some deep diving into how I parent lately and thinking about what I'd want to share with others. One thing keeps popping up for me. Apologies. I wonder how many parents apologize to our kids. Society tells us that we are all knowing. That we are the guides, the teachers, the ones who … Continue reading Bedtime apologies
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"Mom, come quick, you have to see this bird. It's so beautiful," she said. I was in the baby's room getting them ready for something. "Can I borrow your phone? I want to take a picture," she asked. I handed over the phone and finished what I was doing quickly to make it over to … Continue reading The robin
"Mommy, you should eat slower so you don't eat so much," she slipped into our dinner conversation. I jumped, without thinking. "We don't tell people how to eat, not how much or what speed or their choices," I sternly responded. I wish I had replied more gently, made it a moment to share why. But … Continue reading Jelly beans
I've been writing for two months and have shared very little. Unsure of what to say out loud. Unsure if it's even meant to be heard. In March, it became clear to me that my parenting was short sighted. I had been focusing on my kids so deeply that I was missing what I needed … Continue reading Raising justice and healing me
The other day, I saw a post on facebook that I decided to share with my daughter. Here is the picture. I quickly noticed the issue and wanted to see if she did too. I showed her the picture and we talked through what it said. I asked her what she saw. She noticed that … Continue reading Small steps
I've been thinking a lot about what I'm teaching my kids about bodies. I have made a point to not talk badly about bodies including my own. In fact, I've gotten pretty good at silencing my inner critic, telling myself this or that is not true. But, I've also noticed that I don't outwardly love … Continue reading Self-acceptance and the body