My youngest plays DJ on the morning ride to school. She’s six. This is her playlist: Shakira: Try Everything The Greatest Showman: This is Me Pink: Just Like Fire Sing!: Johnny’s I’m Still Standing I asked her this week why she picked these songs and her response was “Because I’m going to go to school … Continue reading Get Pumped Up!
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
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
I recently bought P a My Little Pony doll. As soon as we got home P cut the pony’s hair. I asked her why and she said “because the hair was getting in her eyes and she should have it like me”. I was in awe of her response. How amazing that she feels dolls … Continue reading Be Like Me
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
We were invited to a princess birthday party today. It was soooo over the top and I hate to say it but….. amazingly wonderful! As much as I dislike the whole princess mentality I bought into this event. Watching these girls in their magical world of dress up and pink with Snow White was quite … Continue reading My Strong Princess
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?