Earlier this month, I turned 40! One of the problems with having a birthday so soon after the holidays is you are often too tired to celebrate. My oldest son was born on January 1st which mean that, by the time we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas (I’m Jewish, my husband isn’t), and his birthday day … More New Year, New Decade
As children, we are often told, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” and “think before you speak”. We aren’t often told, though, why. … More Empathetic communication: understanding intent versus impact
The theme song to Reading Rainbow is in my head after I showed my kids an episode. It made me think of butterflies. And caterpillars. And life lessons. … More Beyond the Very Hungry Caterpillar: What this insect can teach us about self-care
Have you ever felt like this? Or this? Those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Everyone has them. Even kids like Alexander. But, when those days stretch to weeks and even months or longer, you may be at risk for burnout. What is burnout? The term was coined in the 1970s by American psychologist, Dr. Herbert Freudenberger. … More What is burnout and how you can start putting out the fire.
I came across this quote a while back: If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” -Marvin Gaye
“To err is human”, right? But then why do we get chastised and scolded by our parents, teachers, bosses, when we make a mistake? And, even worse for our psyche, why do we judge ourselves so harshly? In their book, When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough, Martin Antony, PhD and Richard Swinson, MD discuss how both our biology (genetic make-up), and … More Confessions of a recovering perfectionist 1: Embracing imperfections