put yourself in someone else’s shoes

put yourself in someone else’s shoes

Have you ever walked through a store with a toddler, only to have them loudly say something like, “Mommy, look at that fat man!”  As embarrassing as this is, it’s a fairly normal part of development. While children start learning empathy the moment they are born, it isn’t a well-developed part of their repertoire until

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TREASURE friends like family

TREASURE friends like family

As adults, we all have that friend (or friends) that we are excited to see, talk to, share life stories with, and go to events with. Friends are a huge part of our everyday lives, and helps us to bond and have a social circle outside of our immediate family. For children, friendships are an

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time FLIES be the PILOT

time FLIES be the PILOT

Parents are all too aware of the passage of time. We know that it is fleeting and one of the only things you can’t get back. From the moment our children are born to the time they leave for college, it feels like the blink of an eye. When we are old and looking back

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life is a GIFT

life is a GIFT

Life is truly an amazing gift. There aren’t many times this realization hits us more and we become mindful of the wonder and value of it, then the moment we become a parent. Seeing and holding our children for the first time, although at times daunting, can even feel magical. Like we are receiving the

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you ROCK

you ROCK

What does “you rock” mean? Well, to me, it basically translates to “you’re awesome”. I also say it when I want to specify that a person is good at something. Saying “you rock” is really easy for me to say to others to show my appreciation or to boost up their morale, however, it’s equally

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make your life EPIC

make your life EPIC

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. – Ann Landers At times it can be difficult, to let our children struggle to do things on their own. While we do need to keep an eye on

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ROLL with it

ROLL with it

We’ve all had days where something doesn’t go as planned and we need tell ourselves to take a breath, adjust and roll with it. As adults, we have experience with this happening time and time again and know that this is what we should do. However, for our children, who a lot of the time

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never stop LEARNING

never stop LEARNING

Pay attention to an infant for a few minutes, and you will see a child always on the thrilling edge of an early learning adventure. Every time they turn their heads, they see something they have never seen before! Lights! Amazing. A piece of bread on a plate! She’s never seen that before. Wait! What’s

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christmas kindness countdown craft

christmas kindness countdown craft

Christmas is supposed to be a time of celebration, happiness, family, and giving. However, let’s face it! For many children, it’s primarily about receiving gifts they’ve been longing for. Although especially during this time, it is stressed that little ones behave in order to earn their presents, many parents have even had to resort to

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find your WHY

find your WHY

Everyone needs a sense of purpose in their life or their why. The why is what helps us get up every morning. In an article by KQED, William Damon of the Stanford Center of Adolescence, and author of The Path to Purpose, states that purpose is critical and is different than passion or ambition. “Purpose

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collect moments of JOY

collect moments of JOY

Childhood is a priceless time in life that we look back on fondly, and never get back. As parents, we want our children to have wonderful memories, whether out of nostalgia for our own childhood, or the determination that our kids never experience some of the things we went through. We want our kids to

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you are a MASTERPIECE

you are a MASTERPIECE

You are an original masterpiece; imitating someone else diminishes your value. – Matshona Dhliwayo In a radical experiment created by the Dove company, a forensic artist sketched the faces of dozens of women based on their descriptions. He drew in a curtained room with his back to the woman, he never saw who it was

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