Monday, April 27, 2009


Lisa really has me thinking, as she usually does. She writes about an incident she and her kids observed while out shopping. Here's my takeaway:

Because the bottom line is: no matter what kind of stress or rotten deal we're dealt as a parent, it's our job - our sacred responsibility - to do our best to ensure the happiness and emotional well-being of our kids. One day, when they are adults, it will be up to them to make their own happiness, but right now, when they are mere children, it's all on our shoulders - as it should be.

So instead of expending a lot of energy judging that woman, in the end it's made me feel a little more motivated to behave better as a parent myself. The question that needs to be addressed every day is: "Am I building them up, or tearing them down?"

Lisa gave me a much needed reminder. I need to cherish these babies of mine - mindfully, purposefully, deliberately.


  1. Aww, thanks for the shout-out :)

  2. Thank you for posting this. I have read it now like 10 times. It is up to me to ensure the emotional well being and happiness of my infant, and I am soooo sick and tired of people telling me I'm overprotective. Aren't I supposed to be at this age?!?!? :)

  3. Yep...LOL although last night when we went out to dinner it was so hard to be the "good" mom! I'm so glad I didn't yell or say "shut up", I gave the glare. It worked for like 2 seconds and it was back to playing around.

    However, I must add, my kids are generally good anyways. They didn't bother the booth behind us and they didn't throw food. I guess in the end, they were just being a typical 7 and 3 year old! Now, Lillian, well, as long as there was food in front of her she was fine!