This post is for the parents, grandparents, or guardians that have been given the responsibility of caring for a child with emotional needs. If you feel less than capable or swallowed up by anxiety and self-defeat, this is my letter to you.
Category: mental health
Gas Tank of a Dreamer
What if we held on to our childlike ambitions? What if we still thought we were Spiderman waiting for our moment to save the world? What if we held on to the belief that the betterment of the world depended on us and our accomplishments? If you feel like you are drudging through your days alive, but not living, it is time to wake up. Every dreamer must work to keep his or her gas tank full.
Giving their pain a voice
Though we cannot bandage the heart, we can help stabilize the spirit. We are one stop on their journey, and we have a role to play.
Perfection Pitfalls: Teaching Self-Worth
On my desk sits a bowl of candy. The bowl is titled, “The Grandma Candy Bowl”. It is free to any student who chooses to come to my desk and tell me something about their day or themselves. This week one of my students came to collect his butterscotch and I asked him, “What is … Continue reading Perfection Pitfalls: Teaching Self-Worth
My kids remind me that gratitude is found wherever we look, whenever we look. What will choose to focus on? What brush will we use to paint the story of our lives?
Friday Reflections: Clean up on Aisle 9
Embrace your mess, and meet it head on. Bring your broom and sweep away the fears that life will never be good again. Peace lies below the heartache, it just needs you to remember that love flows and brings order to all things.
Friday Reflections: Pain
Life is messy and I have faith that when my journey comes to a close it will be those moments of pain that delivered me my greatest lessons.
Friday Reflections: Start with Their Story
Every day our students are in the process of memorializing another page to another chapter of their story. When we know who and what they think they are we can empower them to be who they have the potential to be.
Friday Reflections: Your “Leave Behind”
It is a safe assumption that few of us will end up in history books, have statues erected in our names, or holidays declared in our honor. This should not be a discouraging sentiment as significance is found in each and every one of us. Though we may not leave this world legends, we will … Continue reading Friday Reflections: Your “Leave Behind”
Friday Reflections: Sitting in Failure
Failure: What if we refused to run from it, but rather we sat in its discomfort? What if we allowed ourselves to feel the sting because we know we are strong enough to survive it? What if we allowed it to shape the image we have of ourselves because we have faith in our ability to overcome our struggles?