My Comeback Girl and Her Heroes

Mike Watkins (left) and Bridget Wiseley (right) with Alex Harris (center) at the Drexel University Recreational Athletics End of Year Banquet.

For weeks after the accident, maybe months, Alex had two goals. She was determined to get back for the final month of her Co-op (a sixth month, full-time internship incorporated into her degree program) and hopeful to once again play rugby. Neither goal happened.

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Motherhood: The Pressure to be Perfect

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I’m a recovering perfectionist. In fact, during job interviews, I used to claim perfectionism as my biggest weakness because I believed it to be more a medal of honor.

As a mother, perfectionism is a really high bar to set for oneself. My husband has always said God gave us children to humble us. He is right about this, just don’t tell him; I’ve convinced him I’m always the right one in the family.

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What Do Kids Really Need?

The 2000s brought a strange phenomenon of children’s sports teams giving everyone a trophy, regardless of participation level or winning record. Criticism of this practice is widespread.

We folks in the United States value hard work. Many of us believe all good things should be earned.

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All That Matters is How We Love

Parenting love, just like other forms of love, is hard to describe. When a baby is born the world stops, if even only for a moment. We marvel at the tiny toes and softness of baby skin.

Our love for tiny humans bubbles over just because of the miracle who is completely dependent on us.Continue reading “All That Matters is How We Love”

What is this thing called play?

Brené Brown says, “If we want to live a Wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.”

It may surprise you to know that play is critical to success and happiness for both children and adults.

Knowing how we adults need reminders to slow down and relax, I put together a short video where I dig a little deeper into the characteristics of play.Continue reading “What is this thing called play?”

Why It’s Okay to Play

Boys Playing in the water

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Busyness is as American as apple pie. Many pride themselves on endless “to-dos.”

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Why Growth Mindset Is the Secret to Self-Esteem

Black and white butterfly on purple flowers Kids really are the best teachers. A few years ago, my then 17-year-old daughter, taught me a valuable lesson. It went something like this.

“Mom, I got a 97 on my engineering test, the best grade in the class.” To which I replied, “That’s awesome! It must be that great math brain of yours.”

“No mom, I just didn’t give up. Most of the other kids just quit.”

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Why Parents Must Let Go

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The art of parenting is all about letting go. In the end, it’s up to our children how their journey will play out.

Sure, parents love, guide, encourage, teach, model, and serve a host of crucial roles.

At the core, though, it’s all about preparing children to become independent citizens in the world. As a parent, I spent years negotiating the art of preparing my children to leave me.

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How to Talk to Teachers

Man teacher with computer talking to mom

5 Strategies to Improve Communication With Teachers

Communication is the foundation of successful relationships. Yet, I would guess that many parents have a story of miscommunication between them and their child’s teacher.

As the pressure increases on teachers to do more with less, communication is more critical than ever.Continue reading “How to Talk to Teachers”