A mum I once met (after I had given a talk) told me that her daughter, A, (then 5, now 17) had made her a Mother's Day gift and presented it to her after a long day at work. When she saw the gift, she couldn't recognize what it was, and bothered by her own stress, said to A, "What kind of gift is this? So ugly!" A started crying and ran away.Read More
This morning as I was getting Zoey ready for school, she refused to put on her school uniform. I tried a few times, with her saying 'no' loudly each time. I knew that doing it the straightforward way wasn't going to cut it, so I had to innovate.Read More
When was the last time you did something YOU really enjoyed? When you experience positive emotions like JOY, not only do you feel good, it also enables you to undo the harmful effects of stress. Furthermore, you become more open-minded and are able to see/do things in novel ways.Read More
So, Zoey stirred at 1am looking for some milk, and Sherrie was running a fever. And now.. I can't seem to sleep.. ho hum, might as well make the best of it.
Typically 6 years ago I might've worked myself up to a panic (fever is never fun), forced myself back to sleep (and gotten a headache) and woke up feeling like my night was ruined (not a good way to start the day). But now, as I sit here facing the computer, I feel...CALM.Read More
When children have a growth mindset, they are able to accept and embrace challenge, willing to take feedback, practice and put in more effort when they fail and are open to taking risks and trying new things. The basic premise is that their efforts can influence how their talents, abilities develop.Read More
This quote caught Sherrie's attention today. It is on my wall facing me as I work, to remind me that as a human, as a mum, as an entrepreneur, I will fall. Every single day. What makes the difference is what I do when I fall - do I wallow, cry, or get back up? The truth is, I do all 3. After all, falling is never easy, sometimes painful & almost always a lesson to learn.Read More
I love this video from Brene Brown. It clarifies the distinction between these 3 topics and I find them particularly relevant in our roles as parents.Read More
"What if I cannot find anything good about her?" was a response from a mum when I asked them to do an exercise to identify the strengths in their kids.Read More
I love this topic on the 5 love languages. Gary Chapman is the brain behind this and every time I share this (with anyone), it resonates deeply.Read More
I get asked this alot! When I share about using positive psychology applied to parenting, some parents fear that it's a free-for-all and that i'm happy so i'm positive all the time, so the kids run amok.
Actually, that is not true!Read More