When my daughter was brand new in this world, small, red, wrinkly and (of course) the most beautiful baby ever, I looked into her eyes and melted.
In that moment I decided that nothing bad would ever happen to her.
I would be the perfect parent, come rain or shine.
And I tried really, really hard to achieve this goal. I read every parenting book I could find, tried baby yoga and baby swimming… and always worried if I was doing the right thing.
I stayed in constant judgement of myself to make sure I didn’t miss a beat on my quest to be the perfect mother.
Then one night, I was trying to teach my daughter to sleep by using some kind of scream-a-certain-number-of-minutes technique that someone recommended.
It was horrible! She screamed and screamed and screamed and I sat on the sofa and ignored her until the “right” number of minutes had passed. I went in quickly and left again.
She kept screaming – with that tone of being completely lost and left...
Do you realise that most children are like walking talking radio receivers? (Yes, yours too!) They pick up everything and are extremely (irritatingly) aware of what goes on around them, spoken or unspoken. And in difference to you, children have not yet learned to pretend like it’s nothing when the energy shifts or moods change.
My daughter knows within a split second if I have something going on. She will walk into my room and ask: “Mum, is everything ok?”
In that moment I can choose to be perfect or I can choose to be …me. And my choice will give my daughter different gifts for the future.
Let’s explore just two possible answers in a situation where I’ve had an unexpected phone call that made me upset. My daughter walks through the door and asks: “Mum, is everything ok?”
I answer: “Oh yes, of course! Everything is fine, sweetie.”
I answer: “I am just a bit upset. I just had a phone...
Since I wrote my children’s book Clara and the Climate Changer, parents often ask me how they can teach their children to care for our planet.
My first question to them remains the same: “Do you care about and for our planet?” Ultimately, it starts with ourselves and we need to care about the planet, climate, environment, the future and our children’s future on this Earth, before even considering having a that conversation with them.
Once you acknowledge your responsibility to protect the Earth, just as you protect your children, here are five things that can invite your child to care for and about the planet too:
#1. SAY ‘HI’ TO EARTH
Earth is our one and only home. Yet somehow, we take it for granted and we often forget to introduce our children to the miracle it is.
Let your children enjoy nature. Them for walks in the forests, swim in the lakes, watch sunsets, sleep on a beach under the stars and invite them to plant something into the soil...
I don’t like going to pubs — I don’t like big parties, huge concerts or really any kind a larger gathering of people. There it is, I said it out loud!
However, if you've ever meet me at a party I can be quite happy, funny and even charming…for a short while. But I am the one that leaves too early, often under the radar, without saying an official good bye. I sneak out and when the door closes behind me, I draw a deep breath and go: Finally! SPACE TO BE!
I am what many would call ”an introvert”. What is that? Wikipedia says: Introverts are drained by social encounters and energized by solitary, often creative pursuits. Their disposition is frequently misconstrued as shyness but many introverts socialize easily; they just strongly prefer not to.
That is pretty right on, as a description! It goes on to say that introverts are more interested in what goes on on the inside, than on the outside. I am actually not so sure about that part… I would...
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