Fractions, Compassion, and Sharing

Fractions, Compassion, and SharingMy son approached me and asked, “I can’t remember which is bigger: one-half or one-twelfth?”

 

This, of course, led to an impromptu math lesson.  We talked about fractions.  I explained that the denominator – the bottom number – of a fraction tells you how many equal parts something is divided into.  I explained that the numerator – the top number – of a fraction tells you how many of those equal parts you’re discussing.… Continue reading

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child
Our remaining cloth diaper stash, ready to pack up and give away.

Whenever the topic of potty training comes up (and it does when you hang out with other parents of young children), I joke that our dog toilet-trained my oldest son.  And I say it only half in jest.  One night when I was cooking dinner, my son – at age 2.5 – came in and announced, “I peed outside, just like Mazel[-dog].”  He declared that he wanted to wear underwear, and he was going to pee outside like the dog all the time. … Continue reading

A Day of Snowed-In Fun

A Day of Snowed-In FunThis past week we had a lot of snow.  In fact, there was so much snow that we got snowed in.  My Sweetie graciously takes care of the snow blowing when he’s in town, but he was on the road during this storm.

 

While the boys and I were a bit disappointed to cancel a brunch-date with a dear friend, it felt nice for the weather to declare a day of rest on our behalf.… Continue reading

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.”

― Roald Dahl, The TwitsContinue 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

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