Monday, December 1, 2014

His Best Good California Friend


When this picture was taken, my son was 7.  It's been 2 years, 8 months and 5 days since Brytin has seen his best good California friend.

Tomorrow, the day he changes from a single-digit age to a double-digit age, he will mark the day with his favorite super saiyan beginning a week-long adventure in Louisville. Brytin has no idea that is how he will spend his evening - or the next week.

His morning will be the same as every other birthday I have celebrated with him - decorations, cinnamon rolls, and a picture in front of his closet door.

But by 6 pm, the anniversary of his first decade of life will become a day a he will never forget.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MommaBear is ANGRY!

This is the article that started it all for me…

Fentanyl-Laced Heroine
 
Somebody is poisoning the illegal drugs and no can figure out who or where in the supply chain. Someone is adding hardcore pain meds to the heroin supply and it is totally undetectable. And it is KILLING people.

It’s so upsetting to me. It is so scary. What if it were my kid? What if my kid decides to "experiment" like I did in high school? What if?!!

And it pisses me off that America decided that legalizing marijuana would be GOOD for us?! I just don’t get how that is even possible. How can I help my kid understand that drugs are BAD when they are legal?!! And there is this general state of acceptance throughout the whole country!

And then there was this...

Snap out of it, America!

And I damn near lost my mind! I work VERY hard to get my kids to make good choices. I work VERY hard to help them understand that they need to be responsible members of society. And then I read that one in five drivers on the road is under the influence of something?! So my kid, driving along, making good, safe choices suddenly gets hit by some asshole who needs Xanax to cope with life?! And our states are thinking that the answer to this problem is to legalize marijuana?! WHAT?!

I don't often post my emotional opinions on any of my blogs. I usually take days and sometimes weeks mulling over ideas and sentences and the overall tone of each of my posts. But this is just absurd.

How can I keep my children safe?! How can I protect them? How can I teach them that drugs are bad?!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Kids are Blessed by FOEC Too!

Teaching my children to love beyond themselves has been a struggle. But we have had great success through our service at/for Eastern Cemetery.
Brytin helped make crafts to sell to raise money
Brytin scrubbed a tombstone with some magic D2
Our first day - flagging Veterans' sites on Memorial Day

Daelen can sleep through anything
Sometimes they get a popsicle break
Daelen does some scrubbing too


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Videos of My Fish

:12 through :17 you will see Daelen in pretty good form for a three-year-old
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Cannonball! Daelen saw it first in, "Sandlot," and has been perfecting his technique ever since. He practices every week in the pool and as often as him mom will let him on the bed!

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Brytin is still working on his dive

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Brytin narrowly wins the race!

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls

I try to never involve my kids in the harsh realities of this depraved world, but this is such a big deal.

It is a Terrifying Reality

And it was the catalyst that finally got me to open a Twitter account. #BringBackOurGirls






Sunday, April 27, 2014

Uno!!



Much to Brytin's excitement, we had our first family game of Uno tonight.

A wonderful time was had by all, especially Daddy, the winner.

Much to my chagrin, I realized that time having fun with my children is just as important as time spent teaching my children.

posted from Bloggeroid

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Milestone #432

Today is the day my three-year-old Daelen will get in the pool by himself.

We have been taking swimming lessons for almost a year at the YMCA. It has been so much fun!

Every Saturday, Daelen and I get in the pool and he does all kinds of cool cool tricks to learn the fundamentals of safe water play.

Now that he is three, though, he has graduated to the next level, and Momma doesn't get to be in the pool with him.

I've tried hyping it up to be an awesome thing, but he is none too excited.

"Momma you get in the pool, too," he says every time I bring it up.

"Daelen is a big boy now. He can get in the pool all by himself!"

"But I want you to hold me."

"You don't need me to hold you; you can swim!"

"No I can't."

Yikes. Looks like he is as mixed up about today's milestone as I am! Hopefully his teacher, Ms. Pat, is there to help him through this transition.

posted from Bloggeroid

Monday, April 7, 2014

Grit

From NPR News, Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

http://n.pr/1i9iHdb

When did this stop being learned organically? No one ever learned grit, resolve, determination, or perseverance from a textbook. We learned it in life. Why aren't our kids learning it? Rather than create new curriculum, why not figure out what changed, why it is missing and why they aren't learning it from their parents and environment?
posted from Bloggeroid

Friday, February 14, 2014

Parenting Transforms Us

Remember when I said this?

Because he said this?

Well, now she is saying this:

** My Valentines Wish for You
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"Behind the anger, behind the disrespect, and behind the manipulation is a scared child in desperate need of connection, love, and acceptance. ... If you show up for your child in a different state, he can only be different...When you are in a loving state, you automatically do the right thing...Love never fails." - Heather T. Forbes

"Whatever the question, love is the answer." - The Dalai Lama

What does Valentine’s Day have to do with parenting? Love. The purpose of Valentine’s Day is to celebrate love of all kinds. The purpose of parenting, quite obviously, is to raise children. But I believe that parenting has a secret purpose -- to transform us, the parents. Loving our child helps us to heal ourselves, so that we can live more fully.

We all forget that, of course. Everyday life often seems like a series of struggles to get our kids to sleep through the night, use the potty, brush their teeth, eat their dinner, stop teasing their sibling, do their homework. Those struggles can take all the joy out of parenting.

But it doesn't have to be that way. It's true that we don't actually have control over our kids, who, after all, are human beings and will make their own choices. And it's true that our ideas of what our child "should" do often won't align with our child's ideas. But there are ways to avoid many of the struggles to begin with, by:
* Staying connected.
* Seeing things from your child's perspective.
* Staying calm.
* Looking for win/win solutions.
* Helping kids with the upset feelings that drive them to act out.

And even once there are hurt feelings and anger on both sides, even once it feels like you're trapped in resentment, there's a way out.

The way out is love. Not some lofty, grand idea of love. Not the feeling of love, which can be hard to access when you're in a state of fight, flight or freeze and your child looks like the enemy. By love, I mean an action, that nitty-gritty, courageous thing you do in that moment when your child is acting like he's possessed and you're at the end of your rope, ready to give up. The choice that faces you in those really terrible moments, when you're hot with rage and cold, deep inside, with fright. The choice between love and fear.

It's not complicated, really. You just forget everything you've been taught about what you're supposed to do as a parent. Tell yourself: "Whatever the question, love is the answer." Blow out your breath to shift yourself back into belly breathing, which calms your nervous system. Remind yourself that your child's behavior is not a reflection on you; only your reaction to his behavior is a reflection on you. Every moment you have a new choice of how to react. Breathe. Let go of all those fearful thoughts about how your child is turning out.

Then, look at this beautiful child you love, who is acting in such an upsetting way at this moment. Consider how terrible she must feel inside to be acting like this. Remind yourself that her upset is a physiological state. Someone this out of control can't listen to reason and can't learn at this moment. What she needs is to feel safe enough to move from "fight or flight" back into a state of equilibrium.

How do you help your child feel safe? Love.

Forget about the behavior for now. Go beyond it to heal the cause. Just pour your love into your child. Stay present. Breathe. Accept who she's being at this moment -- all the tears and rage and rebellion. Soften yourself, and she'll soften, too.

Love your child back to feeling safe, and you'll find affection and cooperation return too. Love never fails.

Not complicated, but one of the hardest things you'll ever do. Shifting ourselves out of that state of fear and into love takes all the courage and strength you can summon. But it always works. No child is beyond your love. No love you give is ever wasted.

So my Valentines wish for you is that you find yourself able to shift, over and over in those tough moments, from fear into love. That these shifts bring you fewer tough moments and more melt-your-heart moments with your child. That you find yourself really enjoying your precious, unique, amazing child. That you love being your child's parent. That you rediscover the depths of your love.

Love never fails. Whatever the question, love is the answer.

Happy Valentines Day.

Dr. Laura