Parents: Be the Change You Want Your Children to See in This World

Parents: Be the Change You Want Your Children to See in This World

Listen up, parents. We’ve got some important work to do. And it can’t wait.


I’ve taught kindergarten through middle school. I’ve worked in poor neighborhoods and rich ones, in charter, private and public schools, in different states and even in a different country; and though I’ve seen many differences, there are a few things I undoubtedly see day after day, year after year in my classroom—without fail:

I see kids who are begging for someone to really listen to what they’re saying; kids who are begging to be HEARD.

I see kids who need someone to really look at what they’re doing; kids who need to be SEEN.

I see kids who are searching for someone to acknowledge their best efforts regardless of the outcomes.

I see kids who are praying for someone to validate their feelings, no matter how big or small they seem.

I see kids who are desperate to be loved just as they are.

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Boys Have Feelings, Too

We have got to start letting boys express their feelings. 

We want boyfriends and husbands who can be vulnerable with us, who can open up to us, who can tolerate listening to us, who can cry in front of us...

We want our girls to one day meet men who are emotionally available, who aren’t closed up, who aren’t afraid to feel and can be honest about who they truly are...

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To Mom, From Toddler: I Am Doing the Best Can

To Mom, From Toddler: I Am Doing the Best Can

Hi mommy. It’s me, your toddler.

I want you to know something that might not be so clear all the time: I am doing the best I can.

Sometimes it seems like you wish I had a whole lot more figured out by now—like how to control my body and emotions all the time. Or how to manage my time, fix my mistakes, or keep myself busy on my own.

But, I haven’t been around very long, and this whole life thing is still taking some getting used to.

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Here's To the "Beautiful Disasters"

Here's To the "Beautiful Disasters"

Here’s to the girls who are “beautiful disasters.”

The girls who are whole-heartedly true to themselves and still make mistakes every day.
The girls who are never satisfied with staying in one place yet still fall flat on their faces sometimes.
The girls who fight every day for their dreams and still want to throw their faith in them out the window every now and then.

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Some People Say She Is Bossy; I See That She Is a Leader

Some people say she is bossy. I see that she is a leader.

Some people say she is stubborn. I see that she knows what she wants.

Some people say she is dramatic. I see that she knows it is okay to express her feelings.

Some people say that she is difficult. I see that she is powerful.

Some people say that she is too strong. I see that she can fight for herself.

Some people say that she isn't affectionate enough. I see that she understands boundaries.

Some people say that she has a temper. I see that she is safely exploring the temperaments of a two year old girl.

Some people say that she is stubborn. I see that she is constantly aware of her power of choice.

Some people say that she tests limits. I see that she is brave beyond her years.

Some people say that she isn't easy.

And I thank God that they are right.

Because I see that she is perfect just the way she is.

I see that she will dare to be different...she will step out of her comfort zone...she will know who she is inside and out and always remember where she came from.

She will move mountains from the power within her.

I see that she is my spirited little girl and I admire her every single day.

Toddlers Sure Can Teach Us A Lot About How to Live... If We Let Them

Toddlers Sure Can Teach Us A Lot About How to Live... If We Let Them

“No! I can do it by myself.”

It’s the current mantra of my two toddlers that echoes throughout the walls of our home, the doors of our car, and sometimes what seems like the clouds in the sky.

Getting dressed. Putting shoes on.
Brushing teeth. Putting car seat buckle on.
Doing hair. Putting soap on.

Walking. Cooking. Eating. Playing.

You get the picture.

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One Thing That No One Really Prepares You For is All the Thinking That Moms Do

One Thing That No One Really Prepares You For is All the Thinking That Moms Do

One thing about motherhood that no one really prepares you for is all of the thinking that moms do.

If it were possible to do so, I think it would be done, but it simply isn’t; there are some things about being a mom that you just cannot begin to understand until you become one.

Moms across the globe may differ in more ways than one, but there is something that surely unites us all: we do not stop thinking about our children—ever.

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May We Enjoy This Summer... And All The Seasons Of Our Lives

May We Enjoy This Summer... And All The Seasons Of Our Lives

There’s a lot going around right now about taking it easy this summer.

Letting loose. Breaking the rules, redefining the norm, finding some peace and calm after the storm.

Don’t get me wrong, I plan to do the same; but it’s got me thinking about the year we’re coming out of.

What is it exactly that we need such a break from?

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What I Never Knew About Your Year of Two

What I Never Knew About Your Year of Two

I never knew.

Now that you are three, I can honestly say I never knew how life-changing the year of you being two would be—for both of us.

From the day you turned two all the way through the day you turned three, you taught me more about life, love, myself, and you than I could have ever imagined.

Oh, the days were long, my little firework, but I wouldn’t dare change a single moment.

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