Some days it really feels like the only way to keep sane and keep going is to shut the computer, throw your phone into the nearest body of water, and slap in some earplugs.
The news is filled with despair and devastation. The response to hatred is often tempered with more hate.
By the end of a day when that's all that's passed through the newsfeed, it's hard to muster up the wherewithal to effectively support our kids through their own fears.
The sad truth is, despite our best efforts to shield them from all the scary things in the world- the big, bad, completely unexplainable things like terrorist attacks- it seeps in. They overhear the hushed conversations at school drop off or directly from classmates. News reports of suicide bombers swoop in faster than we can change the station.
One tool we've used to help our kids feel safe, loved, secure and compassionate in frightening and uncertain times are these great podcasts from our friends at Sparkle Stories. Each written in the aftermath of difficult news stories, these three free stories are just a relevant today.
Hug your kiddos. Just like always, but extra.
It’s the New Year, and I have been doing a lot of thinking. I want to say, with all of my heart and all of my soul, that I am sorry. I want apologize for anything (and everything) I have said or done that made you feel less-than or sad or small.
This year I am resolving, with a twist. There will be no diet, exercise, less swearing and drinking, "more church" kind of resolutions. This year I'm simply letting go of the things that are just not productive nor conducive to my life. This is the year I give up several of my hard-earned mom-related titles.
Surround yourself and your kids with piles of magazines and update vision boards for the fresh, new year to come. If nothing else came from this evening together, we exercised our creativity and bonded while reenacting some of the over-the-top advertisements we came across.