There is no "I" in Parent

There is no "I" in Parent

So much of parenting takes place in the moment and is focused, quite understandably, on the children. I know in my house our morning and evening routines are based on the children’s schedules and much of our social calendar is scheduled around the kids’ engagements. Menu choices for dinner, movies to watch, and games to play are all based, at least in part, on our children’s tastes, moods, and whims. Often I feel that I get lost in the rush.

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Got Gratitude?

Got Gratitude?

According to psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, gratitude can actually improve your physical health and mental alertness. And if that doesn’t convince you, they also suggest people who express gratitude also are more likely to offer emotional support to others. It sounds like a win-win, so why not give it a try?

Truly give thanks. The art of gratitude is acknowledging and offering. The first step is understanding what you have to be grateful for and the second step is offering the thanks. Whenever possible share the thanks with someone if they play a part in what you are grateful for. Now is as good a time as ever to start or reinvigorate a practice of gratitude for yourself and also with your family. Here are some tips to help you:

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