Anthony Bourdain’s death has me thinking a lot. I get it. I get him. Along with Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I don’t know much about Kate Spade’s life but I’m sure I’d understand her as well. With that said, let me be clear that I have no intentions of killing myself. I … Continue reading Sanity
There is a Spanish song by Franco De Vita that has stayed with me for decades. It’s called “No Basta”, which means “It’s not Enough”. It’s about parenting. There’s a verse in particular that I think about almost daily, specially now that I am a parent: “No basta con creer ser un padre excelenteporque eso … Continue reading No Basta / It’s Not Enough
Over the summer P started trying to ride her bike. First she got on her balance bike. She was determined to get it down, and she did in about 3 days. She wanted to ride everyday. She gained so much confidence she was going down steep hills and ramps and loving it. She learned to … Continue reading It’s NOT About the Bike
Every summer P has gotten more and more courageous in the water. This was the summer she found the courage to jump into the pool. It seems so basic but I believe it’s a great leap of ability and courage on her part. I don’t know when it actually started but I do know it … Continue reading The Summer She Jumped!
The pictures above are of P learning to ride her balance bike last week. The small slopes in our front yard were perfect for her to get a feel for coasting. But you can see she’s not comfortable. I was so proud of her. She kept doing the slopes over and over again despite clearly … Continue reading The Balance Bike
I asked P today what she thought was the best thing about herself. Well, first I asked her what her best attribute was and she said “spending time with R”(her best friend). So, I explained “that’s your favorite thing to do but I want to know what you think is your best attribute or the … Continue reading I’m Funny
P finished her week of ISR refresher today. It was amazing to watch her go from being petrified of the water to having her confidence back in a 5 day period. P had two bad experiences this spring. One where she couldn’t reach the edge of the pool and the other she missed the last … Continue reading ISR Refresher
P has officially passed onto to Dave. Children follow a natural process of detachment/attachment. First they are attached to mom, or the primary care giver, then move onto dad and then finally they move onto an outside family member or friend. The last transition doesn’t happen until the teen years and I expected to have … Continue reading Dumped
We went ice skating with friends yesterday. It was a lot of fun! At the very end P started skating on her own. The last 40 ft before the exit door she let go of Dave’s hands and started moving on her own towards me. I’m so excited and proud of her new skill but … Continue reading Outside the Comfort Zone
Part of our pre-school transition program includes parenting discussions. We reached a topic that I’m having a real hard time with: giving children too much praise. We all read an article called “Five Reasons to Stop Saying”Good Job!” ” by Alfie Kohn. I understand the concept behind the theory but I’ve been having a hard … Continue reading Too Much Praise?