Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2 Midweek Inspirational Parenting Quotes

PatienceKindnessBeliefTrustHugsAcceptanceToleranceForgiveness…

And don't forget...
Want your deposits to be worth more than gold?
Spend time with them, doing something they love.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter...Another Time of Hope



"Believer, or non believer, there is no better time to dedicate ourselves to that universal mission..."   -President Obama, at the Easter Prayer Breakfast this month.

I find it no coincidence what I am about to share.

Today is Easter Sunday, April 20th.

I am not quite sure how many times since 1999 that Easter has fallen on the 20th day of April (if any) but I don't find this ironic- NOT AT ALL, I find it quite fitting.

First, I want to wish you a very happy Easter with your loved ones, and no matter what you do (or don't do today) I hope it is a blessed day.

Second, I want to share with you what our President said to us:
"This Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I, will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the resurrection of Christ, the salvation He offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter Season.... These holy days have the roots and miracles that took place long ago, and yet they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our responsibilities to God, and as God's children our responsibilities to one another."

He went on to say that we have a shared commitment to love others as we love ourselves.

Here is more on his breakfast speech.

Now I want to tell you that today is also the 15th Anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, in Littleton, Colorado- and I just finished reading the book, "Rachel's Tears". This is a book written by Columbine victim, Rachel Joy Scott's parents.

While the choosing of the book last week was purely at random, so was my completion of it on the eve of this horrific anniversary. Chosen a couple of weeks ago-my teenage daughter read it first, and as I packed up library books to return, I noticed this one and decided I would take it with me on a trip I had planned. I expected to be able to find time to read it, and I did. I was not so sure I'd be able to finish it in a week (rather a month is what it usually takes me) but I did. I had not known I would finish it now... or that Easter was the Columbine anniversary.

Some things said in the book ring true to my feelings in regards to school violence, the weak political solutions being thrown at it, as well as the lack of time parents spend with their kids and the horrible, negative, hateful games and music kids have access to (which only feed negative thoughts, isolated feelings and images of themselves- and others). This book was full of lots of different thoughts, feelings and reflections. But, before we get too negative... the book, most of all, was a tribute, a challenge and spoke of hope.

There is nothing that can bring back the ones lost or harmed on that fateful day, and sadly, not much seems to stop this sort of thing from happening over and over again (even in my back yard and in my home state)...BUT...

Ironic, as it may seem, coincidental I would never believe...here I am, with this book, this Easter Breakfast speech, and I know that there is a reason for it.

I am to write to tell you that we are supposed to take this challenge of recognizing that:

"The common thread of humanity that connects us all...is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves." - President Obama

Rachel Joy Scott, a teenager who, at any given moment, struggled with common teen issues, questions and hurdles, while attempting to navigate a life of change and uncertainty, still found it in her young heart to love someone everyday (strangers and friends alike). If we, parents, adults, did this, and we took the challenge of caring for other adults and even other people's children, where could we take this nation?

I'd imagine, a better place, that's where.

I grossly disagree with one thing from the book... that Rachel Scott was killed because she believed in God and because she openly admitted her faith...if that were the case there would have been a long list of people in line wanting to kill her...it was the exact opposite... she was very loved (as were all of the victims of that day).

As we are clearly seeing, it's more about people who cannot achieve that feeling of love who find it best to rob others of it.

I truly believe that day had much more to do with what we are missing, rather than what Rachel was offering.

Will you take the challenge and put aside differences today, for Rachel, and find your place of love and offer it to someone? That is what the President asks you to do and it's what Rachel wanted for everyone.

Just love one another.

In addition, if you are a parent, please get involved in speaking to your community leaders and school educators and superintendent to find out what they are doing to prepare in case something like this were to happen in their district
Read more.


Happy Easter to you and yours- and if you are looking for something more in your life, know that it may just be that you are the gift to someone else. Because it is often through giving that we are able to receive the most divine feeling of God's love.











Saturday, April 19, 2014

THERE'S STILL TIME...TO DECORATE YOUR EASTER EGGS!






Many of us have already completed the Easter To-Do List, but if you haven't yet, or if you didn't plan on decorating eggs, here are some last minute fun and easy ideas for you and your family.


Art isn't just for kids you know... just because you might not have little ones (or don't want to make a mess) there are still plenty of simply artistic egg ideas for you!


17 Unique Egg Ideas Slide Show - find out how to do the chalkboard and ombre egg here!


Check out Apartment Therapy's Ideas - ummm, hello BEDAZZLED eggs!


Plaid, Kool-Aid & Muffin Pans OH MY!


Got Pinterest? Here is the mother load of decorated (and decorating with) eggs- endless ideas!


Want the best golden eggs on the block for your Easter Dinner? Ask Martha!

Enjoy your Easter Eve and Happy Decorating!!


















Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Help A Child When They Fail


Try Free Online Spelling Bees Here
My daughter is a stellar student in English/Language Arts. She went out for the spelling bee once.

Proud of her for getting involved a little more outside her immediate groups, we supported her although we knew she really wasn't the type to get up in front of people with comfort and worried about her success.

Her younger sister could tell right away that our star was nervous. I was nervous myself, but must have also been so excited that I either didn't notice, or discounted the signs, so that I wouldn't be more anxious than I already was.

She bombed. 

Yes, it's true. She flubbed up. It was a simple word. And it was quite early in the game. It was awful.

She had to sit there for the next hour listening to all the other contestants compete with one another spelling words she could easily have spelled in her sleep, we wondered what her first words would be. We wondered what her reactions were to her own error.

When the contest was over and the children were applauded, we could tell her attitude was sour. She was an A student in English. She was top in her class. We knew she was not taking lightly the fact that she just blew her chance at proving her smarts and couldn't make it as far as she knew she could have.

We hoped that her participation certificate would cheer her up, but it didn't…she barely took it when we handed it to her. She barely smiled, and worst was she just wanted to dodge out and hide under a rock (or maybe in a locker if it were closer).

What did we do to help her? The only things we could:

1. ENCOURAGED HER: We reminded her that this event was more about who she was and what she did, over whether she was a winner or loser. We pointed out that she made it to an honorable level, and not only because she was brave enough to go there. She had proved her knowledge by being invited to participate. She had proved to herself also, that she was strong because she summonsed the courage to be on stage in front of a couple hundred people.

2. WE EMPATHIZED AND SHARED OUR EXPERIENCES: She was not alone. There were other kids there who got nervous and let her mouth get ahead of their mind, and we'd made big flubs too and it isn't the end of the world.

3. LOOKED FOR THE LESSON: We asked her what she learned.

She was appreciative of our support and positive encouragement, and we never teased her or mentioned anything again about her time there that night…nor did she ever go out for a spelling bee again.

I think she found the lesson.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun Friday: April Fool's Prank Payback


"Crazy Girl Cross Eyed And Pulling Her Ears" by Stuart Miles @ freedigitalphotos.net


Someone showed me this video the other day of these students getting their teacher back
 and I couldn't help but laugh…

He had it coming I suppose…

But wait, the joke gets funnier at the end…


My favorite part about this whole thing was that the teacher was remorseful….
and had a sense of humor.