All this talk about Mental Health

Why all the talk about mental health?

Feels like it’s everywhere right now. Regular folks are talking. Famous folks are talking.

It’s EVERYwhere.

And yet.

It’s NOwhere. Not all the places it matters. And it DOES matter.

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By ‘kids’ I mean actual human KIDS.

The hardest part of parenting is…….Other Parents! Yeah – I said it.

I’m not saying I am better at it. I think I’m mediocre or maybe a pinch higher than that. I keep them clean, fed, educated, teach them life skills and all that jazz. I think we first notice a shift when they become exposed to other children. As a working mom, my kids were almost always in daycare. So I noticed it early. But it really kicks in when they start school.  Continue reading “By ‘kids’ I mean actual human KIDS.”

Parenting: when you know you’re doing it right.

I’m kidding. I have no idea if I’m doing it right. We are all just winging it, right? We are an amalgamation of influences; our own parents, our friends’, social, educational, environmental. We just sandwich all that shit together and hope for the best.

Part anxiety, part regular ol’ parenting; each night I rehash all of my parental instructions of the day. I question all of it. Did I give enough context? Did I give an example, was my tone too harsh? Did I come across bat-shit crazy?

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The Day Manners Died

Manners seem to be dead. A whisper of a simpler time. When people still made eye contact with one another, head nods, handshakes, and easy waves. Everyone is too busy. Always occupied. Unaware of their surroundings.

On Tuesday I was about a foot behind a woman who was picking up her kid(s) from the same summer camp as I was picking up mine.

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Social Media

I have a love hate relationship with social media.

I love connecting. I love seeing people achieve goals, meet milestones. Share love for others. Find happiness. I love watching babies grow. I love to see people enjoying life. I drink up the inspiration from others. I enjoy the comedic relief of some hilarious people. I appreciate how we can rally support from afar. I love seeing people overcome their struggles.

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Listen to Hear

Communication. The saver of lives. The killer of relationships. We listen to reply. We do not listen to hear.

Communication, or lack thereof, is a heavy hammer. Sometimes it’s a swing and a miss.

As our digital age progresses, face to face communication seems to be fading away. We seem to find bravery behind the screen and spout off in ways we would and could never do face to face. Being in front of a face makes you consider your reply more carefully. It makes you see the person. See their emotions. See their hurt and their vulnerabilities. But only if you look. Sometimes.

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