Minding MannersMinding Manners 2.0: 3 Ways to Embody Gratitude and Other Family ValuesParent Q&A: Preschooler identity crisis?
If more of our students--heck, if more people in general--could work toward achieving this level of mental well-being, our world would be in a much better place. This is why I'm a mental health warrior.
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers indeed. And oh, how she is blossoming, even as I gaze. I looked away for a mere moment, and I almost missed it.
There's the rub of parenting; we create these incredible creatures only to find out they are not our creations at all. They are their own, entirely and remarkably.
This isn't just about behaviors. This is about values. If our children feel appreciated, they will come to be appreciative. If they sense that we are grateful, they will cultivate gratitude. If we can teach these values with our embodied actions, and with no small amount of kindness and humor, we are nurturing the seeds of humility, empathy, and relatedness.
No book can ever make the process of welcoming a new child into your family completely seamless and free of pain. However, storytelling is a great way to help your child (and you!) navigate this monumental transition with a sense of the many feelings and possibilities that can accompany baby's arrival. Here are some children's books my family and I enjoy about this remarkable time of life.