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What if my children are not ok?

Posted by Samantha on January 14, 2014 in Letting Go, Trust

What if my children grow up and they’re not ok? What if I’m making too many mistakes? What if they grow up and blame me for everything that’s “wrong” with them? What if they drop out of school? Or college?  Or life? What if the pressure is too much for them?   What if none […]

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Hold on or let go?

Posted by Samantha on November 8, 2011 in Letting Go

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Havelock Ellis, British physician and psychologist (1859 – 1939) Letting go and holding on for parents: Let go of worry.  Hold on to trust. Let go of criticism.  Hold on to encouragement. Let go of despair.  Hold on to […]

 
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Don’t give up. Let go.

Posted by Samantha on November 6, 2011 in Letting Go

There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. Jessica Hatchigan, American screen and speech writer Sometimes it can be tempting to just give up on our kids. Being a parent is demanding work.  And it’s totally full-time.  I’m sure many parents have felt like quitting at times.  I doubt I’m the only parent […]

 
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Trust yourself and your kids. Or live in torment.

Posted by Samantha on November 4, 2011 in Letting Go, Trust

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough. Frank Crane, US Presbyterian Minister and author (1861 – 1928) I suffered a bit of a trust crisis earlier this week.  It often happens towards the end of a holiday! This kind of negative thinking tends […]

 
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What really matters?

Posted by Samantha on October 4, 2011 in Consequences, Discipline, Letting Go, Mistakes, Punishment

 Ask yourself this question: “Will this matter a year from now?” Richard Carlson, American psychotherapist and author (1961 – 2006) This is such great, simple advice.  How can we make it work for us in our daily lives as parents? So often, in the heat of the moment, when we’re dealing with children, everything can seem […]

 
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Doing nothing is good for kids – and parents

Posted by Samantha on October 3, 2011 in Letting Go, Over-scheduling, Perfectionism

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. Milan Kundera, Czech author (b. 1929) I prefer to think that doing nothing is in fact doing something: it is, quite precisely, “doing nothing” or if you […]

 
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Letting children be themselves

Posted by Samantha on September 30, 2011 in Expectations, Letting Go, Trust

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. Thomas Merton, Anglo-American monk, poet, activist (1915 – 1968) How difficult it sometimes is to let our children be perfectly […]

 
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The power of attraction for parents

Posted by Samantha on August 4, 2011 in Expectations, Letting Go

A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. Lois Wyse, American advertising executive, writer and journalist (1926 – 2007) I am not immune to noticing the “terrible things” my children do.  I really wish […]

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