Every now and then, I’m lucky enough to stumble upon something that I could have/should have written myself. My friend Heidi (my new running buddy. my old high school friend. my mommy inspiration) wrote a blog post today that simple expresses everything I feel about parenting. Go to her blog, read her article, and when it says written by Heidi, scratch off her name and write my name.
It’s nice to have a friend who will say “Yes” when you ask her to run trails in the pouring down rain (that is how we spent our Sunday). It’s refreshing to have a friend who believes in my style of parenting. Heidi has introduced me to Momfulness. She shared with me the article I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Because she has shared so many great resources with me, here is a quote that continues to shape my parenting of my boys:
When children perceive that it’s okay for them to be authentic, that it is fine to feel what they feel, and when they see that we care about their point of view, they will often create the solution to their problem, or make peace with reality. In contrast, when children’s feelings are negated and denied, they are often unable to resolve their problems. They feel angry because they perceive themselves as victims ~ Naomi Aldort (author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves)
Go read her blog. I think you’ll love it as much as I do. After an evening of allowing Chet to feel what he needed to feel, I don’t have the energy to write my own post. I’m so glad she wrote it for me!
(And after you read her post, go like my facebook page. I finally made one!)