3 results for month: 08/2013


Four Agreements

from Carol Each time the holidays approach, I am reminded of family gatherings when I was a young child.  The beautiful moments of food, frolicking and football were always scattered among a few arguments about God or politics or the best make and model of a favorite car.  Things haven’t changed much, and although these conversations are mostly unimportant and inconsequential, they evoke some pretty powerful words and emotions. CP is a small school and I often {jokingly} say that it is like Thanksgiving... every day.  Meaning, that due to the intimacy level, the students often speak and act toward one another like siblings or close family ...

Happy Parenting: 15 Things to Let Go of

Because parenthood is challenging, we can sometimes forget how to just be happy in the midst of it all. Consider which of these 15 items keeps you from happy parenting. Let them go. Allow yourself to be a happy parent for your child—and yourself! 1. Give up “supposed to” We were conditioned by our own early family experiences to believe that parenthood or childhood are supposed to look a certain way. But if you hold onto the way things are “supposed” to be, you may miss enjoying how they actually are. Be willing to question what you prioritize as a parent and why. 2. Give up on keeping score What does your mental score-card keep track ...

Micro Managing Children

This article from Psychology Today explains the dangers that come from parents micro-managing their child's education (and other aspects of life) without the substance of  confidence to back it up.  Of course we all want the best for our children - to provide the very best opportunities - but the most pampered and force-fed child is not always the most prepared.  The one that has learned how to play the game, or better yet, learned how to manipulate mom and dad to manipulate the game often find out later they were playing the wrong game. Perhaps proper preparation means that we allow them to fall down and then have the courage to get back up. ...