Category Archives: Awareness

Truths that will change the way you see yourself – re-post

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A beautiful piece by Marc and Angel: ” a short excerpt from our New York Times bestselling book, Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs:

“In the end, all the small things make a big difference.  Every step is crucial.  Life isn’t about a single moment of great triumph and attainment.  It’s about the trials and errors that slowly get you there—the blood, sweat, tears, and the small, inconsequential things you do on a day-to-day… All of this has strengthened you.  All of this has led you to every success you’ve ever had.  All of this has made you who you are today.  And all of this proves that you have the strength to deal with the challenges in front of you.”

http://www.marcandangel.com/2018/09/16/10-truths-that-will-change-the-way-you-see-yourself-today/

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Back to school. Oh dear

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The School year restarted. So did a myriad of complaints. Parents complaints. And then we are surprised kids complain. And by the way “they have no reason to complain”, the parents say in one voice.

After hearing so many parents complain, I remembered about the wonderful book What All Children Want Their Parents to know: 12 Keys to raising a Happy Child by Diana Loomans. One these keys is “Leave your Values”.book

If there would be a championship of complaining, I would probably also get a prize, if not a medal of some sort. It is so much easier to complain then to acknowledge and appreciate for the human brain. We still can:

Appreciate that kids can go to school (I’ll not bring in the numbers of children around the world who do not attend school as they become family providers very early in life).

Acknowledge that a person invested in career of a school teacher, which is fun, if you are high everyday.

Appreciate the neural connections that form in the child’s brain, even if we know the mantra “the school prepares the kids for the jobs of yesterday and not tomorrow”.

Acknowledge your kid’s efforts and aspirations, struggles and successes, friendships and relationships ups and downs, etc.

Appreciate your role as a parent, who lives his/her values.

Acknowledge that school is important, but more important and life lasting is your relationship with your child, when the results on the evaluation sheets perhaps do not meet your expectations.

And have a slice of cake, or two, together to celebrate every school week 🙂 It works like magic.

Meaningful souvenirs

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Meaningful souvenirs

Bringing staff from trips is tempting. Money is easier spent on vacation. A new item brings into the house the need for space and care. Only thinking about dusting off all those trinkets on shelfs makes me tired. And there is not so much space on the fridge for new magnets. If it is not integrated into your kitchen furniture.

In Amsterdam I discovered a new kind of souvenir – make your own mug. It is proposed by Heinen Delfts Blauw, the ceramics maker.

It brought a new experience of coloring it together with my kid: discussing the colors choices, dividing the work, waiting for the final result while it is in the oven, sharing the first sips of water, … And that is what I call souvenirs.

Good morning Sunshine!

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whoever you are

wherever you are

Here is to teddy bears in our lives!

I had none as a child. I did not know they existed. Latter in life they arrived in different shapes and forms. Like this one, who is 18 years old.

They may arrive as partners who cook and keep your bed warm. Or as friends who are there when you need it most. Or as a bear shaped cloud to make you keep looking up.

Love to all teddy bears!

Good morning, sunshine

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whoever you are,

wherever you are

Here is to

the baker who made the croissant for my breakfast. It is the best in town. Check it at Francois et Fils.

my dear friends who offered me this lovely coffee cup.

the farmers who grew the coffee I drink.

the hard working hands of those who grew the nutmeg I add to my coffee.

and someone who will need a ton of patience with me today 🙂

be blessed you all!

Re-post: Sharenting – why parents need to think before they post

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Sharenting is a parent’s decision. No doubt. I look at it through my kid’s eyes: would she want the digital identity my sharing would create? The child’s safety and wellbeing are any parent’s main concerns. All we need to do is: Think before posting.

Some parts of this article resonated with me:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sharenting-why-parents-need-think-before-post-steve-blakeman/ by Steve Blakeman