You watch your normally bubbly child sluggishly get into the car after school. Your parent radar kicks in and you know something is wrong. Is she sick? Does she have a lot of homework? You ask her probing questions and finally through tears she tells you she has been pushed around all day, yelled at and called names from the other kids in school.
It’s her first day of second grade. She is excited. She is wearing her first store bought dress. She is going to an all-white school rather than the Indian school, and she has a lunch pail. Little does she know how important this day would be for her. read more
I am drawn to the connections that occur whether it is abstract thoughts or with living beings. For instance, we have an indoor cat that has become an outdoor cat. Because he was raised with affection he had now made “friends” with the skunks and a possum that come nightly to eat his food. It makes me laugh but he is really intent on sharing and doesn’t seem to mind. read more
Your child is in the emergency room again while you stand there feeling helpless and not knowing what to do. Your child comes in the back door from school and you notice he is sporting a black eye and a split lip. You discover your adult child has been in an abusive relationship. Have you ever noticed that when our children are in pain – whether that pain is physical or emotional – parental guilt seeps into our minds? We begin to doubt parenting choices and we wonder if we could have prevented the harm they have fallen into. Added to our already overly doubtful mind is the guilt of not being able to give 100% to our child’s problem. We experience irrational behaviors of not eating well, becoming sleep deprived, not taking breaks or exercising. read more
I was traveling with my son to pick up my daughter from college. My cell phone rang and I automatically answered it. Meanwhile, a motorcycle policeman came up beside me and signaled me over with his left hand. Well being the friendly person that I am I waved back. Yep! I was still holding my phone up to my ear and waving at him. (He was not amused.) read more