It’s so hard to keep going when things feel awry. Much easier in the moment to curl up into a ball and hide. But the truth is, much like my 4 yo daughter’s experience with completing her puzzle this morning, sometimes the only way out of the confusion is to keep going. To try things … Continue reading When Things Don’t Seem Right, Keep Going
My daughter hasn’t celebrated as many Purim holidays as I have so when we were gifted with some chocolate-covered Hamantaschen, her reaction, which initially surprised me, was quite appropriate. Instead of taking a bite out of it, she began to pick away at the chocolate covering with her finger nails, then later a fork which … Continue reading When You Give a Kid a (Chocolate-Covered) Cookie
I recently wrote a poem called “If you can’t keep up maybe you’re not supposed to.” Sometimes one can’t keep up with the fast pace and demands of life. Other times, on the outside they’re doing well, but inside they’re struggling—having to shunt their emotional life aside in order to keep up. The following article … Continue reading What is “Keeping Up?”
I put the water bottle in her room so she wouldn’t ask for it at 3 am like the night before. I thought I had it made. “I’m gonna sleep like a baby tonight!” Nope. Faint words began to interrupt my dream. Moments later, I’m up. She didn’t need more water this time, she needed … Continue reading Good Morning! Wait, What?! It’s 3 am!
I like taking life experiences and writing about them in a way that is empowering.But that’s not always possible.Sometimes, life is just hard. Almost every time I break my bedtime (yes I have one), either my lovely child wakes me up in the middle of the night and/or my racing mind. Being a parent has … Continue reading Parenting Pressure Cooker
One of the main lessons of mindfulness is that feelings, as well as thoughts, are fleeting. We must learn to ride their waves, instead of being engulfed by them. I found it interesting that on Saturday as my daughter and I did art together, I had the desire to paint my nails—letting one layer dry … Continue reading Feelings Are Fleeting
I often think back to my childhood and miss how nurturing it was, how safe I felt. In comparison to how daunting adulthood can be—when all the responsibilities lie on us. I miss the house, not only cuz it was safe and full of love, but because it was substantially bigger than what I can … Continue reading The Riches of Childhood
The experience of being a parent is so informed by our individual experiences. Our own childhood. Our expectations of what a family looks like. Endurance. One’s threshold for sleep deprivation. One’s greater vision. The list goes on and on. One thing I look back on is how much television I watched as a kid and … Continue reading On Parenthood
Recently someone asked me what I do on my day off. Well there’s cooking and cleaning, as well as just being and chilling, perhaps hiking. And of course, therapy! I found it quite hard to add therapy to evenings when working 5 days a week and caring for my daughter. It’s downright exhausting and far … Continue reading Free Time, Free the Mind
Happy Birthday to my daughter! And happy birthaversary to me! Y’all, motherhood is hard! For different reasons at different stages. But always it’s a challenge in self-care. I forgot my lunch today. It’s hard planning for your kid and yourself and your family all the time. I got so lucky. My own mother, who is … Continue reading Daughter Turns 4!