Create Your Own Peace in a Noisy World

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Photo Credit: TP studio via Compfight cc

I’ve learned that being a parent is a noisy job. I’ve been a mom for nearly three years, and most days the noise doesn’t affect me. The toys, the banging, the laughing, the screaming, the crying. I’ve become immune to it to a certain degree. Then there are other days I feel like the Grinch complaining about the Whos and all the noise, noise, noise, noise, NOISE! I feel like I must put a stop to all the noise. The popcorn popper, the V-Tech toys, the tantrum screams, the thuds as thrown toys hit the walls, the dog barking, seemingly endless cries of “Mommy!” Continue reading “Create Your Own Peace in a Noisy World”

How to Keep Calm When Everyone is Screaming

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It’s one of those days. I sigh as I watch my toddler have her third knock-down-drag-out meltdown temper tantrum of the day, and it’s only 9:00 in the morning. ‘What is it this time?’ I wonder as I ask her what is wrong. Turns out she wanted the blue sippy cup not the red one. ‘Oh. My. Gosh. What the heck is wrong with this kid?!’ I think as I walk away. Before I can collect my thoughts the infant falls and busts her lip on a wooden block. Suddenly I’m trying to comfort her while listening to screaming in stereo as I get hit in the back with my toddler’s launched sippy cup. Continue reading “How to Keep Calm When Everyone is Screaming”

How to Forgive Someone Who Won’t Apologize

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“It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those who don’t deserve
It’s the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just too real
Takes everything you have to say the word
Forgiveness” – Forgiveness by Matthew West

How often do you feel that in order to forgive, you must first be presented with an apology? I know I’ve done it. How dare h/she! They had no right to treat me such a way. The audacity! The nerve of some people! They should apologize! Continue reading “How to Forgive Someone Who Won’t Apologize”

The Two Most Powerful Words

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Of all the words I’ve ever learned, none have had the magnitude and impact as one simple phrase.

“Thank You.”

Saying thank you, and actually meaning it, doesn’t come naturally. At least it hasn’t always for me. Heck, it’s still a struggle at times. It is part of our nature to want more, to do more, to want to achieve more. Continue reading “The Two Most Powerful Words”

Will the Real Bully Please Sit Down

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Photo Credit: Sharon Gerald via Compfight cc

Right. We’ve all heard that before, but has anyone actually tried to put that into practice? When somebody says something mean, it hurts! The nerve, to say that it’s a choice whether other people hurt our feelings. How are we supposed to control how other people treat us? How exactly do you not feel hurt, especially when it’s someone you love who is mean? Continue reading “Will the Real Bully Please Sit Down”

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