Archive for May, 2013

Thinking outside of your box

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Boxes. We all have at least one. Normally we aren’t aware that we have a box that surrounds us every minute of the day but it is there. What is this box? It is formed from our preconceived notions of what we will and won’t do in the world. Our personal box is composed of thoughts and actions with which we are comfortable as well as the ones that give us night sweats. Our box is generally our comfort zone.

We become aware of this personal box when we are asked to step outside of it and try something new. Most of us dig in our heels and say, ‘Nope, not going to happen today”. I recently had the opportunity to step out of my box in a big way. It came on a trip to Asia for my honeymoon. (more…)

Celebrating Mother’s Day after she passes

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Question:  I have been babysitting for three brothers for the past four years.  Last Thursday their mother died suddenly at the age of 30.  The boys are ten, six, and four years old.  They go to school with my children and I have been asked to help find ways to help them deal with Mother’s Day at school.  All of the classes will be making Mother’s Day cards and gifts soon and no one is sure what to do.  Any help or resources you can give me would be greatly appreciated.  She was a single mom and Grandma and Grandpa have stepped in to take care of the boys if that is any help.

Answer:  A child can celebrate Mother’s Day even though they have lost their mother. When a person dies it does not mean all the love they have given to people just disappears. A mother leaves a lasting imprint on the children she leaves behind. Helping the children remember this love will be important to them as they grow older. (more…)