Thought for the Day: Roald Dahl

Thought for the Day: Roald Dahl

 

Our thoughts define who we are.  Let’s choose thoughts that are beautiful, kind, and full of love.  And may those compassionate thoughts make all of us lovely.

 

 

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

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Getting Kids Involved with Preparations for a Special Day

Happy Thanksgiving
A Pumpkin painted by my 7-year-old.

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought you might find a reminder about this post from over the summer helpful.  In it, my friend Lainie discusses how she uses a Sticky Note Wall to help involve her kids in preparing for a big gathering or celebration.

 

You can find the post HERE.

 

This is a great suggestion for families, especially once your kids can read.… Continue reading

Encouraging Self-Sufficiency: Teaching my 7-year-old to do Laundry

Encouraging Self-Sufficiency: Teaching my 7-year-old to do Laundry
My 7-year-old loading the washing machine.

Before my children move out of the house, there are a wide variety of skills that I want them to master.  Basic self-care, home care (HERE and HERE), basic repair skills, cooking, financial literacy, and many other things along these lines.  One of these skills is doing laundry.

 

My 7-year-old, who has watched me do laundry from the time I wore him as a newborn, recently expressed an interest in doing the laundry himself. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: John Lennon

Thought for the Day: Lennon

 

This last week I’ve heard people say that this election proves that our country is falling apart.  Others declare that finally our country can be saved.

 

Whatever your belief, and no matter who you voted for, I hope we can agree that we all need to treat each other with kindness and compassion.  As humans, our similarities are far greater than our differences.… Continue reading

Teaching Compassion to and Learning Compassion from a Young Child

"<yoastmark“Mama, wait!” my three-year-old called as we were leaving the park, “There’s a worm on the sidewalk and I must save him.”  My son did his best to gently pick up the worm (it took three tries to get the worm securely onto his palm), then explained to it that worms need dirt to survive so he was going to relocate the worm to the nearby grassy area. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Thought for the Day: Gandhi

 

Our thoughts lay the foundation for the rest of our lives.  Knowing that, let us choose thoughts that will drive us toward the lives we want to live.

 

Think peace.  Think simplicity.  Think gentleness.  Think brotherhood.  Think sympathy.  Think honesty.  Think kindness.  Think justice.  Think understanding.  Think benevolence.  Think integrity.  Think harmony.  Think compassion.  Think love.

 

 

“Let your thoughts be positive for they will become your words.… Continue reading

Voting Matters: Talking with your Child about the Election

Voting Matters: Talking with your Child about the ElectionElection season is upon us.  No matter where you sit on the political spectrum, I hope that you agree that voicing your opinion by casting a vote is vital to protecting our freedoms and shaping our government.

 

Voting is the chief right and duty of all citizens.  Our founding fathers granted a vote to white landowners at the founding of our nation. … Continue reading

Simplify Saturday: When an Object has Outlasted its Usefulness

When an Object has Outlasted its Usefulness: Saying Goodbye to our 24-year-old CarIf you’ve spent any amount of time reading my blog, you know that I’m a big proponent of using things until they wear out.  In our house, we do our best to use things until they no longer work for us.  We wear clothes until they no longer fit or they get worn through.  We use appliances until they can no longer be repaired. … Continue reading

The Rationality of Irrationality: Listening to an Upset 3-year-old

The Rationality of Irrationality: Listening to an Upset 3-year-old
My 3-year-old with his self-bandaged foot.

My son got a splinter in the arch of his foot.  It wasn’t very big, but it went deep under the surface of his skin.  After lots of hugs and kisses, I gave him an ice pack to hold on his foot while I went to gather our splinter-removal supplies (sharp tweezers, some Thieves oil, and an adhesive bandage). … Continue reading

A Circle of Caring

A Circle of Caring
A delicious meal brought to us by a caring friend.

Last week was a tough week for us.  I mourned the death of my mother-in-law.  A friend’s dog nipped my 3-year-old, who then needed an emergency tetanus shot.  A wasp got under my son’s shirt and stung him 8 times before I managed to flush it out.  I missed my husband while he was out of town (big things always feel more difficult when we’re apart). … Continue reading