I think I can

Someone close to me once told me, “The difference between you and many others is that you really believe you can do just about anything”. Wow. Even as I sit here struggling with so many things, she was right. I do believe that ultimately, I will figure it out. Where did this come from? It came from the combination of teachers, priests, aunts and uncles, parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors throughout my life. Luckily for me, the majority of those placed before me understood the responsibility of each moment they spent with me as a child. They understood that every…

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A Child Knows

A bowl of oil.  I’m just glad I asked.  Even at 4 years old, my son taught me an important lesson that day.  Apparently, kids have their own thoughts.  And apparently their thoughts are not what their grownups think they are. For months we struggled with bedtime. As we saw it, this behavior could not be tolerated, and it had to change.  Afterall, we needed our sleep.  But he wasn’t having it.  We had so many theories of what was wrong.  As you can imagine, with every theory came a different trick or strategy.  A hug, a scolding, a pill. …

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Positive Emotions Can Save Lives

Last week, it happened again.  Another young life in our local community was lost to suicide. In 2017, the results of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed that 17.2% of students had seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous year. It was noted that the percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous year had increased significantly from 14.5% in 2007 to 17.2% in 2017. To hear these results, particularly after the loss of another of our children, it can feel scary and overwhelming as a parent, a teacher, or anyone else responsible for the safety…

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