I saw the statistics and I wanted to know: what can I do, as a parent, to help my children so I feel like I’m doing something other than just worrying.
I don’t know any kid who comes home from school and says, “I just want to put my feet up and rest.”
They come home and grab their legos or video games or art supplies or sports equipment. And, yes, sometimes they grab books too.
They search out activities that light them up. That fill their internal energy tanks. But how often do you do that as an adult?
But, here, the choice feels clear. I know 1000% whose side I’m on. My co-worker is right here. And she’s more vulnerable, like the lion tamer. Versus our boss who, like the lion, holds a position of power and could take us both down. I need to protect the more vulnerable person. I need to calm the lion – without getting eaten.”
We often take time in the new year to reflect on the past and plan for the future. This can be really stressful. Especially as working parents. We might be tempted to scour the internet for the answers. But when you trust yourself, you can relieve your own stress. My relationship with stress started way […]
As I continued to catastrophize, I got really tired and decided that Plan B – to sit in front of the gate holding it closed all night long – was my best option. In my best dramatic Jewish mother fashion, I told the world I would sacrifice myself to save my family.
And, then a better idea came: To practice what I preach.