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Thursday, September 30, 2010

a play house for grown ups...

Not only would I love to be able to create a fun and free retreat for my child to play in, but I, too, would not mind escaping to this little hide away from time to time.  Isn't it lovely?

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

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Monday, September 20, 2010

a reminder to ALL parents...

1. I will accept the talents, strengths and weaknesses of each of my children.

2. I will acknowledge that they need to go through challenges and complex situations on their own and to learn from failures.

3. I will not berate them and make them feel less valuable based on how they perform because I do not want to cause undue stress, anxiety, or resentment towards me or their activity.

4. I will let them know I am proud of them no matter what.

5. I will guide them and show them how to be better at their activity but in a manner that does not make them feel worthless.

6. I will be sensitive to my children's developing need for praise and sympathy and will limit my criticism to really important mistakes because I want them accept success with humility and defeat with determination to do better.

7. I will not mention, beyond a casual reference, the successes of other children and will definitely not use another child’s success as a barometer for my child.

8. I will be a good spectator at athletic contests and not hound on what I perceive as a missed call by a referee or coach because I do not want my child to see my participation as an embarrassment.

9. I will teach my children sportsmanlike behavior and to not laugh at or taunt another less skilled child or teammate.

10. I will make sure I always have my own adult hobby or activity to enjoy and love so I don’t have to live vicariously through my child.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

a farewell to summer

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. 

~ John Lubbock

Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year - it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul. 

~ Author Unknown

Goodbyes are not forever.

Goodbyes are not the end.
Until we meet again!

~Author Unknown

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They simply mean I'll miss you