When my boys were in preschool and first grade, I heard a lot about the importance of praise. I was thrilled to discover the handout, 100 Ways to Praise, which I promptly fastened to my refrigerator. I was working on shifting my attention from the stuff that drove me crazy – one boy whining for a glass a milk while another poked his brother in the ribs, to noticing pleasant
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Parents, you have shown herculean efforts to survive the pandemic as you adjusted and pivoted to meet the needs of work and children. You conducted Zoom meetings in your bedroom to avoid the noise of a kindergarten tantrum. You joined a conference call outside in the chilly winter air so your teenager could finish a geometry test on your laptop. You took breaks from work to make sandwiches for lunch
The warm sunshine streaming through my window this morning is a powerful reminder of how desperately I need more compassion in my life. The frozen, snow-covered ground and brisk, dry air await outside my doorstep but so does the light and warmth of our glorious sun. My intention today is to allow the sun to shine light on the places where I’m weighed down by regrets or missed opportunities. It’s