Today is a good day. I showered for the third day in a row, no small feat when you are at home with 2 young children and can’t shower at night since the sound of the shower wakes up the baby. And, I have caught up to the present day in the Do Good Reading Challenge. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is indeed a great day.
Day 22: “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” This quote by Napoleon Hill came to mind when I read 12 Days To Make Every Day Count written by Diane Lang on her blog Creating Balance and Finding Happiness. Number 7 on her list reads, “Every problems/issue or negative situation is a learnable, teachable moment. Always ask yourself: what can I learn from this situation?” I love this because it reframes the idea of a “problem” and gives you the chance to turn it into an opportunity. When I was a manager in the nonprofit world, I would often tell my staff to come to me with solutions not problems. It was something that a former boss of mine had instilled in me and I always felt empowered by it. This is not to say that we wouldn’t discuss the problems and solutions, but I wanted my team to feel empowered to create change. There is nothing like that feeling of knowing that you have solved a problem and made a significant contribution to your company, household, neighborhood or community group. So, friends, next time you face a bump in the road, be creative and find the opportunity in it.
Day 23: On my journey through the Blogosphere today I met a woman who is on a mission to make positive changes in her life and be the person she wants to be. Her blog The Journey of a Baby Giraffe is focused on the 100 in 2013 challenge that she has embarked on create change in her life in one year’s time. I love this idea of creating a list of goals and working towards it over the course of year. What makes this list unique is that it is a compilation of goals from the very simple (#83 – Take a bubble bath) to the very complex (#3 – Get into Grad School). It is quite insightful of the author to recognize that the “little things” are just as important as the “big things” and deserve a place on the list too. On a side note, I love finding other Philadelphia area bloggers and this happens to be one of them. Yet another reason to follow her progress!
Day 24: I feel validated about my inability to keep up with my daily reading and posting for the Do Good Summer Reading Challenge. It’s one of the perils of summer time with children, according to JustMomMatters. Her latest post, Summertime: When Inconsistency Is Inevitable, really rang true with me. She writes honestly about how difficult it is to complete any writing projects when her three boys are at home and longing to hang with her. Sure, she has started many drafts, but most have yet to be finished. And that is okay. She is doing what is truly important at this point in her life – being a mother to her boys who want her to play with them. There will come a time in our lives when our kids will not want us to be near them, let alone talk to them. So, we need to seize the moment and have fun with them when we can. And this is why I am not upset that I am once again behind in my writing. I have been doing important things, like painting with my girls, splashing in pools, having tea parties and playing house.
Day 25: How do you teach compassion to your kids? That is the opening line of today’s blog discovery, All Day Mom. The title of Carissa’s post, Teaching Kids Compassion: Family Does, caught my eye when browsing the parenting blogs because I am always looking for ideas on how to inspire empathy in my children. Carissa’s grandmom recently had an electrical fire in her house and unfortunately her insurance does not cover cleaning or replacing her goods. So the family has come together to help her grandmother recover from this crisis, because, as Carissa says, Family Does. It’s true. Family should take care of family. In this case, Carissa went over to help clean out her grandmom’s house and her kids tagged along out of necessity. It was not in the plan for them to help, but they jumped into action despite her encouragement to stand aside. It was then that she had an “AHA” moment and realized that they could handle some of the tasks ahead and that this was compassion in action. Her kids saw the state of their great grandmom’s house and wanted, no, needed to help. Her point is that we do not need to shelter our kids from tragedy or crisis. Within reason, we can involve them in helping in the recovery and nurture their inner-compassion. What do you think?
Day 26: Today, I found She Loves Mystery So Much She Became One and she made me laugh. Thanks to her for that. “Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then it is suspicious.” This is something that every single parent on the planet can appreciate. I can’t count the number of times that I have said, “It’s too quiet in here” and then leapt up to see what the girls were doing. This was just the kind of post I needed to read on a Friday night, after a day that I spent wishing for silence so I could catch up on my blog. Had my wish been granted, I probably would have paid for it big time. Let’s face it, kids who are up to no good are quiet. Quiet like ninjas. They are so focused on their transgressions they can’t even be bother to make noise to disguise their naughtiness as normal play. There was a time when our family was visiting with The Hubs’ best friend’s family who has a daughter about Josie’s age. The two of them disappeared for a while and finally one of us adults observed that they were being much too quiet. Oh boy. The Hubs and his bestie went off to search for the missing girls and found them in the master bedroom huddled together painting each others nails. And their arms. And the floor. And let’s not forget the walls. Yes, silence is golden until you have children. What trouble have your children gotten into when you realized it was too quiet?
Despite the fact that I am having trouble posting on a daily basis as I’d hoped, this Do Good Summer Reading Challenge has been awesome. You should join in. Let’s help each other find awesome blogs.