Every parent can reduce their child separation guilt by coming home from a business trip loaded with gifts. Comedian and
I just tire of parents who ramble on about presumed or actual giftedness for the purpose of deflecting attention away from other reasons their child is going off the rails in school.
I already long for those July mornings when all I had to worry about was getting myself fed and dressed. Or sip my coffee and read the paper in a quiet kitchen while the boys sacked in 'til noon.
I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.
When you get a diagnosis like this, life can't help but change. But with all the questions and concerns there has also been great gifts like an increased sense of clarity and the ability to see to the heart of people and what's really important in life.
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Being intentional -- thinking about the parenting process, having conversations and negotiating with your co-parent along the way, knowing who you are and what's most important to you -- makes a world of difference in the quality and experience of raising your child.
Who is raising our children? Where do they get their information on how to present themselves and interact with others? Are we each doing enough to have a positive influence on their behavior and guiding them according to the values we've identified for ourselves?
Two weeks with a two-year-old and I've learned lessons that I never learned in school or from the 20 years I've spent working with families. It's easy to give advice until you find yourself in the trenches with a determined, impulsive two-year-old.