Recently, I was chatting with one of my daughters about her future and the conversation wound it's way around to parental expectations. She said, "You know mom, I think a lot of parents tell their kids that they can do anything they put their mind to, but I think what most people don't understand is … Continue reading the story "Put Your Mind To It"
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My life as a mother is pretty easy right now. My children are grown and pursuing their independent interests. They still live at home but less and less are they needing my help with much of anything at all. We are developing different ways of relating - having lots of fun, but spending great … Continue reading the story "Good Mama Sue & The 3 Bears"
I was watching a program this morning about debt reduction. A young couple had found themselves living beyond their financial limits and they had called an expert for help. After the initial assessment of their situation, many tasks had been required of them, in order that they might return their circumstances to a balanced state. When … Continue reading the story "Matters of the Heart"
All the wisdom this week points to burdens. Don't collect them. Don't go looking for them. Don't even give them the time of day. Enough will accumulate without your effort or attention. Deal with those swiftly and without grudge. Get back to joy as soon as you are able. Be vigilant in this regard. Your over all wellness depends upon it. (The … Continue reading the story "On Collecting Burdens"
"Maybe because I never saw myself as “figured out” by the time I started to have children, I always assumed that they had as much to teach me as I had to teach them. When our first daughter (Hannah) was born I knew she was physically dependent upon my care, but I thought … Continue reading the story "Listen to Your Baby"
Back in the days when I used to attend church regularly, I was, for two years, privileged to be a parishioner under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Roy D. Bell. Roy was an intelligent, no-nonsense man who was willing to reveal his humanity, good and bad, and who had such an obvious care and concern for people without being at all saccharin. One Sunday morning, … Continue reading the story "High Expectaions / High Support (Excerpt from “How to Treat your Toddlers…”)"
Last night I was invited to a small and lovely dinner party - four women, two of whom I knew (myself and the host) and two others who were new to my acquaintance. As we sat around the candle lit table sharing food and conversation our thoughts often touched upon our grown children. We all told stories from our own experience about the phase of parenting … Continue reading the story "Children in Transition."