Bet wetting is a natural part of learning to control the bowel. We want to be patient and supportive as our children learn mastery over their bodily functions. Unfortunately, for the parent who needs to awaken several times during the night, for the parent who is so tired of changing and washing sheets, and losing a good night’s sleep; the bed wetting stage seems to drag on endlessly. And though we don’t want to, we often end up having a frustrated, overbearingly emotional reaction to our child’s lack of success.
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter.
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun,
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right….”
So, the sun is beginning to shine in my little inner world. I am beginning to see the light of the Universe kindly, softly glowing within me. And that’s what this part is all about, it’s about bowing down to the beauty of what was and walking away, enlightened from it. That’s what life is about; what our painful growth should be about.
My youngest daughter has come to cuddle with us in bed this morning. I lie there with her in my arms and breathe her in. She is, after all, my baby. She is the one that keeps me connected to that baby softness. She still needs my lap, and running into my arms momentarily after a fall (emotional or physical) still fills her up with all her soul needs. As I lie there, I pet her still round face, her still chubby hands, her soft remnants of a baby’s body.
I love TED Talks! I do. They are inspiration and absolutely blow me away. I have yet to hear a TED Talk that did not add immense value to my mind or soul. And, the very first TED Talk speaker I have ever heard is Sir Ken Robinson. Here is Ken in his witty, intelligent awesomeness reminding me why I homeschooled for two and half years, why we put our kids in the school we helped found in Northern Israel, and why we are currently world-schooling our kids as we travel the globe. My favorite parts: the girl drawing God and Shakespeare in someone’s English class.
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx
What would we be, who would we be without books? Without those words to fill in the crevices of our heart exactly where it is we need the void to be filled? Without that next author, who we feel we intimately share our lives with, who guides us, gently, to the next stage of our knowing. My closest friends and greatest teachers are authors of books who, unknowingly, have shaped who I am, how I think, what I believe, and how I behave. And, the most amazing thing, I believe, is how each and every one of us are molded and grow uniquely based on the contours and shades graciously given by the books that have fallen into our laps. In this series, I have asked readers, course participants, and friends to share which books have served as their spiritual guides. Here Ellie shares her favorites.
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi
Have I told you lately how much I love Rumi. Rumi’s my man. He does it for me. Thank God for Rumi. In any moment of despair, confusion, lostness…. there is always a Rumi quote to push me back up. And so, I sit here grieving. Grieving a dream that will never actualize. But Rumi says that it will come around in another form… and if Rumi says, he knows. Let’s talk about grief. It’s hard, heavy, thick, choking and very necessary, but not always.
My dear friend Heather just emailed this to me. No author, I’m still wiping the tears of laughter…
While conducting some business at the Courthouse, I
overheard a lady, who had been arrested for assaulting a Mammogram
Technician, say, “Your Honor, I’m guilty but…..there were
The female Judge said, sarcastically, “I’d certainly
like to hear those extenuating circumstances.” I did too soooo…… I
listened as the lady told her story.
If your child is a picky eater, your job is to teach him to widen his food choices. Special catering and made-to-order requests at meal times encourage your child to stay close-minded and limited in his food choices. Encourage food inquisitiveness while giving it as little attention as possible.
The Ten Basic Do’s and Don’t’s To Guide You Through It: