Posts tagged "Confidence"

An interview with my 12-year-old on his birthday

An interview with my 12-year-old on his birthday
Today we are celebrating twelve years of our thoughtful son.  We all set our alarms extra early this morning to celebrate him with donuts before he caught the middle school bus at 7:20 a.m. 1.  Who is your favorite person in the whole world? Pass 2. What is your favorite color?  Yellow 3.  What is... Read more »

Finally confident to go makeup free at 40

Finally confident to go makeup free at 40
I’ve been a daily makeup girl since high school.  I never liked heavy makeup but tended to be self-conscious of my uneven, red and shiny skin. I applied foundation, cover up and powder regularly in hopes to conceal my real face.  It wasn’t until I reached 40 that I had the confidence to go makeup free.... Read more »

An interview with my nine-year-old on her birthday

An interview with my nine-year-old on her birthday
My little girl turns nine today!  This year she embraced a new house, neighborhood, school and friends and has impressed me with her resilience, kindness and knowledge.  I’m proud of the strong girl she is growing into and my heart swells when I watch her dance and create art, songs, stories and games. She is... Read more »
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Pros and cons of the first three days of overnight camp

Pros and cons of the first three days of overnight camp
I never used to understand how parents could send their children away for four or eight weeks to overnight camp over the summer.  Yet, a lot changed this year and last Sunday I found myself waving to my calm son on a bus headed to Northern Wisconsin. Generally a worrier, I’m surprised at the contentment... Read more »

Do your kids do yoga?

Do your kids do yoga?
I’m often asked if my kids do yoga.  My flexible daughter is a gymnastic enthusiast and the poses often overlap, although I wouldn’t say she does yoga.  My kids do not think yoga is cool and as much as I try and explain the benefits of breath and meditation, I obviously I cannot force them. A... Read more »

The life-changing parenting book you need to read

The life-changing parenting book you need to read
My latest parenting read How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by former Stanford Dean Julia Lythcott-Haims is a compelling one that I strongly recommend to all parents, especially those with older children. Within minutes of opening the paperback I was intrigued by the consequences from the lack of... Read more »
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Are we at our best right now?

Are we at our best right now?
“Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best” It’s funny to me that some of the times in my life that I was at my best, I didn’t realize until it was over. The other day I was looking at the photos of me at the Grand Canyon... Read more »

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens
As my children are growing up and my son is now a (gasp) tween, I often reflect back to myself during those awkward years of insecurity, doubt and little confidence. Shalimar Beekman, a Chicago mom and photographer, created the Who I Am project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens.... Read more »

You are not Fat when you are Pregnant

You are not Fat when you are Pregnant
I stumbled upon this photo and found myself staring at it for awhile.  I remember my 28 year old husband taking these photos almost ten years ago.  I distinctly remember feeling fat and not confident in my body. Bringing myself back to that time, I vividly remember nervous for work meetings or night out because... Read more »
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What I am Reading: Parenting with Love and Logic

What I am Reading: Parenting with Love and Logic
My therapist friend suggested I read Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay.  Not a huge fan of parenting books, I took this recommendation openly as my smart and stubborn daughter has been giving me a hard time lately. I am very interested in the concept that teaches children responsibility instead... Read more »