Training wheels do not teach you how to ride a two-wheel bike. In fact, I believe that they prevent you from actually learning.
There I said it. I know that it goes against what most people believe today. And how millions of people think they learned how to stay upright. But they didn’t learn how to ride because of training wheels.
When kids venture off into the classroom they gain so much. They learn reading, writing, arithmetic, how to play well with others, and much more. That “much more” isn’t always positive. Whether it’s eating glue or playing “Three Blind Mice” on the recorder, we can all agree, that come Fall, kids learn to be obnoxious. [...]
Inspiration hits you at the oddest moments. Our marketing team recently decided to submit for an award. The award recognizes marketing teams that have worked to strengthen the relationship between sales and marketing. For those that have worked in either, or in my case, both departments, you know that there often exists animosity. Sales feels [...]
I didn’t think a phrase could be more obnoxious than “NO!” until my children entered the “I told you so!” phase.
People come and people go. People you come to depend on for their knowledge, expertise, and direction move on to new opportunities.Others retire. I’m happy for them, but I can’t help but feel like I’m left in the doorway holding a…
Last weekend I sat at the gym and observed my son construct a tower of foam blocks. After several minutes a few other boys joined him. “What are you doing?” they asked. “Building a tower” he replied. “Can we help?”, “Ok” my son answered. I watched, expecting them to unite and build a grand structure. [...]
About a year ago I sat in a meeting with an executive manager and watched as he glanced at his Blackberry every few minutes. I was surprised to see that he never typed on the device during the meeting.
“Monica, give your brother his toy back!”, “Christian, share the popcorn with Monica!”, “I want you both to take turns with the bike!”. Their response? “That’s not fair!” Not a day goes by that I don’t hear “That’s not fair” expelled in a whiny voice. I’ve learned over time that it’s impossible to make both [...]
I was assigned the painstaking task of taking both of my kids to their annual wellness appointment. Finding time away from work can be difficult so I decided to take both children to the same appointment. Because they are now 3 years old and 4 years old I assumed they would be much easier to [...]
At the end of a busy day the kids like to relax with a story before bed. We all gather around our fireplace and the kids sit, listening intently, as my Husband reads tales of Huck Finn, James and his giant peach, and that Indian who was living in the cupboard. False! Story time typically [...]
Every parent has uttered to their kids, at one time or another, “Eat your food. There are some children who don’t have anything to eat.” or “You should be grateful for all you have, some people don’t have a place to live or toys to play with”. We try to instill in our children an [...]
On our third date my husband (boyfriend at the time) introduced me to his comic book room. He said he wanted to “get the awkwardness out of the way”. As I looked around the room filled with boxes of old comics, shelves of action figures, and the Spider-Man quilt draped across the guest bed I [...]
I spent an entire afternoon scolding one of my children through “terrible twos tantrums”. “Get off that! Don’t climb up there! Put that down! Eat your food! Go to bed!” and on and on and on. I tried my best to stay ahead of the bad behavior. I worked on preventing the tantrum from occurring [...]
Last week I received an email from my son’s daycare. He was having behavior problems and was hitting his teachers, and sometimes, even biting them. The daycare assured me that this is normal behavior for a 2-year old and not to be concerned. Not be concerned? My child is morphing into an aggressive vampire and [...]
When I was in school my parents would always tell me “If you’re struggling with a class let us know. We won’t be mad. We want to help. But, if we find out you’re failing when we get your report card then we will be mad”. I plan to take the same approach with my [...]
Forgive me, but I’m using this week’s post to tell you about an upcoming event and the wonderful cause it will support. I love to run. I love to push myself as far as I can. Having completed many marathons and a half Ironman I often take for granted the strength of my body. Every [...]