You can’t be a parent without connecting the dots to how you were parented. It’s involuntary… and eye opening. In honor of Father’s Day, here are 10 things my dad taught me, all of which I see developing in my own parenting style.
What I was prepared for was preparing my taxes. A pile of paperwork sat close at hand. An empty spreadsheet awaited the figures of another year gone by. What I wasn’t prepared for was an existential crisis. It’s no coincidence that Shirley, my incredible grandma-in-law, died nearly a year ago. It was a year after I started … More Taxing Poetic
Turn Around: A Love Story I got the call from Ryan on a Wednesday evening. “You’re going to have to pick up Szaba. I’m stuck in traffic.” The daycare was closing in 20 minutes. We share one car, and I was working miles away. I had to hop a bus and hope. Cue panic mode.
Looking past all the tantrums and nose picking, toddlers have a Yoda-like way of bringing us back to basics. I’m often reminded of that with my 2 year old. But last week, when I had an extra toddler in tow, their “force” was all the more pronounced. From home to work to school, the following life … More 2 True: Life Lessons from Toddlers
Carve out a spot in your house or a time every day that’s all about you. It’s your “sacred place,” as Joseph Campbell put it. Your break to remember who you are, to listen to your gut, and to live the life entrusted to your soul.
If you haven’t seen the “Double Rainbow” video by now, my husband would make some comment about the breadth and depth of the hole you’ve been living in for the past two years. I’ve included the video below, should you want to refute him or simple have a laugh down memory lane. Needless to say, … More Double Rainbow
My birthday is the day before Christmas, and my daughter’s is the day before the 4th of July. I mention it because holiday birthdays can make a person a little birthday crazy. (Just ask my husband.) To me, birthdays are a BIG DEAL. Because they have to be. Because you need to wave your arms a lot to … More Birthday Wishes for My Daughter
My gift to you this Friday? No less than a key to happiness. This Joseph Campbell video on childhood, living in the present, and the reflection of age is especially poignant to me as I prepare for my daughter’s second birthday next week. I hope it will be equally thought-provoking for you, no matter what stage … More The Timeline Mirror
I was having a bad day and walking the dog. It was about 7:00pm on a cool and cloudy Monday a couple years back. Oblivious to the world around me and in a deep state of musing (as I am wont to do), something made me look up.
Besides my sister Robin, there’s no one in the world I’ve been friends with longer than Amber. And yet, even I had no idea what to say to her when I found out her younger brother had died in a car crash. Four years later, this Castle Heart project finally gave me the nerve to … More Reach Out