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I tell my 5 year youngin’ that today is my mom’s birthday. He asked if we can bring her a cake and sing happy birthday to her. I told him she passed away and does not have a physical body. … Continue reading
Today is my mother’s birthday. She would have been 65 years young. Although she is not physically here to celebrate–I deeply believe I keep her essence alive deep in the love of my heart–where she still remains. Therefore, here is to my mother, my angel who flies high above and continues to play the unconditional loving role of watching over me (and my family), guiding and protecting me, keeping me safe. For my dear mother, you will always BE…FOREVER YOUNG.
Keeping my mother’s spirit alive….
Happy Birthday Mom.
“Life is only traveled once; today’s moment becomes tomorrow’s memory. Enjoy every moment, good or bad, because the gift of life is life itself… Have a wonderful Day!” -Unknown
Photography by Dianne Furphy
“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” ~Joyce Maynard
Being a first time parent comes with many surprises. I have been a stay-at-home mother for the past three years. Now that my “baby” is no longer a baby and is going to leave me for the first time to start preschool is a bit overwhelming for me. However, there are many strategies to use to get by the stress that comes along with parenting and the transitions and preparing for what’s best for your child because that is, of course, the main focus. My three-year-youngin’ starts preschool in two days and I know I have to remain strong. I am very proud of my boy and the young little man he is growing into and I also think how proud of myself I am for taking such wonderful care of him. When I look back, we did a lot of playing trains, blocks, story time, flashcards, cars, cranes and trucks, board games such as candy land and scramble, hanging out, took many walks, dancing, and of course the discipline that goes along with young children and so fourth… I taught him a lot and now it is time for him to learn from others. It’s hard and I know I will pull through. There is no parenting book or guide to warn parents that it is a challenge when transitions happen. …And sending my boy to school for the first time sure is a challenge in itself for me. I just wonder how I will be when he has to leave for college or moves out of the house for the first time; well, I will wait (very) patiently and enjoy every second that I do have with him until that day comes. Right now, my focus is preschool. ((Smiles)). As a parent, I believe we have special key roles to play in a child’s life. For one, I know I have taught my son love from day one. Love is very important and to me love is being there, caring, helping in time of need, playing, laughter and having fun together… love to me is also teaching children to have decent morals, values and integrity. It is never too late to teach love, give love and receive love. For my son has taught me the true meaning of love. I am ready to watch my boy grow and develop; to watch him transition into the man he becomes. …And I will walk along side him every step of the way; for I am his mother. But in order to take these steps with him, I have to be fully prepared. So below I have listed some strategies to help parents cope with their children growing, changing, and developing into their own person when knowing that your child will enter the world on his own for the first time.
Techniques on how to help Parents Cope with Transitions with their Young Children:
“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.” ~William D. Tammeus
Furthermore, this link also correlates to my Guided Tips section: