Tag: Gratitude

Our Common Ground – Winter Solstice Traditions Celebrate Light

So the shortest day came, and the year died, And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep the year alive, And when the …

Deck the Halls with Mental Well-Being

My son burst into tears as his friends waited at our door to play. He had fallen up our stairs and gashed his shin on the metal rims of the hall steps. I plopped on the floor to comfort him and as he turned to me, he said, “Mom, you told me to hurry.” And …

Monkey Mind at Bedtime, Reflecting on Children’s Thinking

“I just can’t go to sleep!” E said summoning me well after our nightly bedtime ritual had taken place. When I guided him back to bed, he layed down and flopped his feet up in the air with his body in a constant wiggle. Since I observed his physical restlessness first, I gently guided him …

Exploring the Past to Appreciate the Present; A Simple Family Thanksgiving Experience

Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on or a motivating factor to act upon. – Denis Waitley It’s not unusual for our family’s thoughts and conversations to turn to those who are missing at our Thanksgiving table. A small family to begin with, it …

“Fall” In Love with your Family in November

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow If you only have kindness and compassion, you see every person with love. Recently I read about a Kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, where one of the school shootings occurred, and her response to that tragedy. …

How Do You Cultivate Gratitude in your Family?

This month, in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am focusing on gratitude and how a family can instill gratitude in their daily lives. Help me with my research and contribute to our community!   In what ways do you promote a sense of gratefulness in your family? Do you have any rituals that you …

The Best of 2014

2014 was a big year for Confident Parents, Confident Kids. This community moved from 275 followers to 23,000+ strong! Thank you for being an essential part of this important dialogue. Together our collective wisdom can strengthen our individual lives. What are your hopes and dreams for your family this year? Please write in the comment …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every repast can have soul and can be enchanting; it asks only for a small degree of mindfulness and a habit of doing things with care and imagination. – Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life This photo depicts my father’s experience of Thanksgiving on a farm in a small town in Ohio. Though my …

A Rush of Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy I came into the bathroom this morning a little foggy-eyed to put on my makeup and get ready for the day as my son was putting on his …

Healthy Relationships: The Cornerstone of Gratefulness

“You have brought yummy treats! You are so nice to share. But me, I have nothing. My cupboards are bare!” Mouse squeaks, “Don’t fret. There’s enough, dear Bear. You don’t need any food, you have stories to share!” His friends hug him tight. “It will be all right!” And the bear says, “Thanks!” – Bear …

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