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How do you define beauty? Is beauty over rated in society? Is there just one type of beauty? When we talk of “inner beauty” how does that differ and is there really such a thing? How does the medias idea of beauty affect our children? Tell us your thoughts?
“Here is your assignment for life”
1. You will receive a body
You may like it or not, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.
2. You will learn lessons
You are enroled in a full-time, informal school called life. Each day in this school, you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant or stupid.
3. There are no mistakes only lessons
Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The ‘failed’ experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately ‘works’.
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1.Out of the first four stores F. W. Woolworth opened, three failed. When he died, he was worth more than $20 million.
2.Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak.
3.Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school and was considered “unpromising”.
4.Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him, “As a composer, he is hopeless”.
5.Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
6.Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination, and had no good ideas”.
7.Thomas Edison’s teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. Later, he tried 1,600 different materials before settling on carbon as the filament for the electric light bulb.
As a parent, what do you do that you feel you really “succeed” at? What areas are you wanting to work and improve in? What is one thing you can do today, to grow in this area? Who can you turn to for help?
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According to an online brain dominance test, I am a little more right hemisphere dominate than left. Try this test yourself:
My results stated the following: Tips to activate the left cerebral hemisphere:
Bring a sense of order into your life, plan the day’s activities, do not talk about things you do not like, avoid sad music, movies, or other activities. Become physically more active by doing athletics, exercise doing math in your head, read a book, that challenges you and gets your full attention.
What would happen if I have a child that is very “left-brained” while I am very “right-brained”? Actually, this is a true statement. My daughter has dreams of becoming an accountant and loves anything mathematical. I struggle with math and being an accountant would be a nightmare to me. I put off doing my taxes to the very last minute.
It is important that we take brain dominance into account when we are parenting. Our likes and personalities will be different if our brain dominance is different. Our ways of solving problems, patience levels and tolerances will be different too. This can affect our acceptance and empathy of our child. It can create a wedge in our communication as well.
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I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do
I feel that the world must live up to mine. —Fritz Perls
Expectations can stop the flow of living and stop you from enjoying your children. Although expectations can raise the proverbial bar, to allow your child to reach a little harder in life, it often raises it too high or never lets it come back down. This spells disaster for relationships and breeds the germs of resentment and anger.
Our expectations often come from what we believe others are doing that we “should” too. But why should we? Where is it written that we must have the same income and John and Jane Smith next door? Who says that it is essential that our home always be clean and our children always respectful? What will happen if we/they are not?
How has your parenting expectations helped or hindered your ideas of being a family? What if this family isn’t what you expected, what now? Is there an acceptable Plan B, C or perhaps D? How might you address these expectations to live more realistically and follow your own course in life vs. following others?
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