I began to tell my children about all the good things that happen. All the people who are good that far out number the bad. Often we don’t recognize or acknowledge these things. We do good quietly. But, doing good is contagious. I learned that from Ann Curry’s #26Acts of Kindness movement.
Along with many others, I am trying to put one foot in front of the other as we mourn the innocent lives lost on Friday in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy. As President Obama said last night, when you become a parent, the children of the world become your children. And, as details unfold about the acts of heroism on Friday by teachers and we get to know the victims better, our hearts break some more.
What are the things that you want to do with your kids before they leave childhood behind? I feel like I can write this list with authority now that I have almost grown kids. Most of these things my children have done, except for my oldest who still has not mastered the cartwheel. It is something that makes me laugh every time he attempts it.
Having said that, there is no magic formula for parenting kids (wouldn’t THAT be nice!), but I think that this book has helped me realize some areas where I can improve, especially when it comes to the way that I communicate with my children. I feel like this book gave me ideas to make things better. It is easy to get “stuck” in one way of doing something and not be able to see your way out of it, even when you know it isn’t the best way. How many of us have had the horrified realization of hearing our own parents’ voices coming out of our mouths?
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