Category: Parenting

  • Parent as a leader. Lead like a parent.

    Parent as a leader. Lead like a parent.

    Imagine starting to work for a gentle boss. Probably a dream in the beginning. Someplace where everything is soft, everything is nice. There is no pain, no gain. Nothing at stake. No real consequences whether you (or your colleagues) deliver or not, you come on time or not. Would you last long there? Would that team…

  • Etnia

    Etnia

    La început de Martie, la ora de educație civică, Doamna Învățătoare a invitat-o pe fiica mea mai mare să își spună povestea. Doar dacă vrea. Adopția nu e un secret acasă, în cartier, în biserică sau la școală. Modul natural în care tratam această parte din povestea noastră a fost transmis ca atare mai departe.…

  • Sfârșit de clasa a IV-a

    Sfârșit de clasa a IV-a

    Doamna învățătoare Nadia a privit la copiii noștri prin credință și i-a inspirat să se înalțe la standarde la care nici noi n-am sperat cu atâta claritate. Le-a transmis valori solide și curaj că pot. De la devoționalele de dimineață, la responsabilizarea lor pentru teme, proiecte, și ce au de adus la școală a doua…

  • The preference for guidance

    The preference for guidance

    I want to trust that my daughter will be responsible. Yesterday I set the baseline for clarity. I told her I don’t like to be told what to do. I never did. So before I even started school I would anticipate requests, advice, commands, demands. I’d stay one step ahead. That built a reputation for…

  • Two outings

    Two outings

    Saturday I took the girls shopping. It is not my idea of fun, but Jackie wanted a volleyball and ivy a watch. And it dawned on me that this is it, my opportunity to spend quality time with my girls in a new way, in their preteen stage. Parenting changes as fast as the kids…

  • Daddy’s role

    Daddy’s role

    Lest we forget Godin the season of abundance. David praised Godwhen things were going great.I find ourselves in a season of laughter.I choose to not be afraidthat this too shall pass.I trust that God is with us nowand through whatever comes,whenever it comes. This middle childhood daysFinding our footingWhile kids find their rhythmAgain and again…

  • Boundaries set by little neighbors

    Boundaries set by little neighbors

    “Don’t come on our drive way!” yells in a tiny voice our little neighbor girl. We were coming back from a walk with Rufus. I said ok. But then she kept repeating this boundary for all to hear. It didn’t even cross my mind to go over. People’s driveways are private property, and unless I’m…

  • Acknowledge the good in everything

    Acknowledge the good in everything

    Pay attention how you speak about the good and the bad in your life.  Yesterday it hit me. Both girls are anxious about the long trip we will endeavor to take to Bosnia. And though they have never been to Trebinje, they anticipate crowded pools.  Their complaining irritates me. But I think there is a…

  • In good company

    In good company

    Introverts don’t try hard to be part of many groups. But something they do is follow through with what they committed to do. They get stuff done but have to rely on others to see the introverts who don’t advertise their skills. In the work place we learn to document what we do, market our…

  • Self-confidence built by necessity

    Self-confidence built by necessity

    When we do for our kids things that they can do for themselves we steal their sense of self esteem and self confidence. Insecure parents do things for their kids to feed off of that satisfaction of accomplishment.  As a second / youngest kid, I always wondered when is it my turn to be the…

  • A new chapter of connection

    A new chapter of connection

    I was organizing the information for an event on Saturday, while preparing some communication material and listening to Monday night study at Iris led by Beni. Jackie was next to me on the couch, chatting with her friend on whatsapp and researching some info about the Aurora. We sat like that for nearly an hour.…

  • MomCo Iris Team

    MomCo Iris Team

    When I got promoted to Lead Creative, I had been a stand-in Lead for a few months to try out the role. I was the youngest in the group. But though I don’t like telling people what to do, my colleagues and managers believed I’m the right person for the role. My enthusiasm, communication skills,…