The Responsibilities and Rewards of Parenting

When I first became a mom, I had a few freak-out moments over the huge responsibility facing me as a new mom and the fact that my life had changed forever – virtually overnight.  I remember clearly the fear I felt driving my new-born Zachary home from our first doctor’s appointment.  In that moment, I realized what a responsibility I’d taken on and was a bit overwhelmed by it all.   A few nights later, when Zachary was sleeping soundly and I was starving (with nothing to eat in the house), it hit me that my life had changed forever.  I […]

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Dangerous Assumptions (And How Listening Can Cure This Mistake)

Mom, are you even listing to me?  This is a question that Zachary (my oldest son) asked of me last summer.  He was trying to tell me something that was important to him and I was trying to “listen” to him while doing a million other things.  The unfortunate answer to this question was “no”.  I looked into his face and saw how important it was to him that I truly listen to him (and that I stop thinking about everything else).  On this particular day, he truly caught my attention.  So what did I do?  I answered his question […]

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Ripple Effect

I believe that each one of us can (and often does) make an impact on the lives of others, and therefore the world, through our everyday interactions.  I’m not talking about the obvious interactions where we know we make a difference.  I’m talking about the often unintentional and even subtle interactions we have with those around us each and every day.  Maybe you’ve offered a smile or a kind word to a stranger in an elevator or at a gas station when they needed it most.  That may have made a huge difference to that person on that particular day.  […]

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