Tag Archive - communication

Hi, Mommy!

Running free with her classmates, little Zoe zipped up a grassy hill behind three of us teachers, talking.  One of the teachers was her mommy.  When I waved to Zoe, her mom turned around, which brought Zoe in a quick tumble to her mommy’s side. “Hi, Mommy!” she laughed as they exchanged hugs.  Then, Zoe was off to play.

As I watched this delightful interchange, I saw that I, too, am part of the same cheerful moment with my lovely daughter, Judith, who is now grown and working as a nurse.  On her way home from the hospital, (while she’s running up the grassy hill) she often calls me just to say, “Hi!”, and sends me her warm and cheerful love and laughter.  I am so glad to perceive not only that the joyous interchange I was appreciating was mirrored in my life, but also to recognize that these moments of love aren’t gone when our children are grown.

Happy mothering!

Love, Trish

 

The secret to conversation: even with your kids?

I have never been good at talking with other people. I developed a little talent at one-liners in high school and college. That cost me a good friend. I have a propensity for puns but that tends to hinder conversation unless you want others to talk about you. . . or groan.

Where I have struggled is keeping a conversation going with a new acquaintance, with my own children, with my co-workers, with my boss. I watched others have conversations and I wondered what they did that I was not doing. I just couldn’t figure it out, which is probably a comment about my inability to observe.

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THE BEAUTY OF A SIMPLE SCHEDULE

Arrival/Departure board

Imagine this: an airline without any posted arrival and departure times.

This guy goes up to the desk and asks, “When does the plane board for Nashville?”

The answer: “We’re not sure, sir, but it could be any time.”
“Do you know when the plane will arrive from Orlando?”

“We’re not sure, sir, but it could be any time.”

He persists, “How will I know when to board?”

“We’ll make an announcement sir.”

Later he is reading a book, and an announcement is made. He misses it. Frantic, he asks someone, “What did they say?” For the fifteenth time it has nothing to do with him.

Approaching the desk again, he asks, “Why don’t you post schedules?”

“We don’t like to straitjacket ourselves, sir. Just look at it this way; we are never late.” The attendant smiles, showing that two teeth are missing. Our frequent flyer understands why.

It seems crazy, doesn’t it?

The wild thing is that we often run our homes like that. We don’t want to straitjacket ourselves, so we play it loose. Our kids are like the frequent flyer Continue Reading…

Focus On the Twenty Feet

Dad giving a push

Timmy was learning to ride a bike without training wheels. This was his first attempt to ride without their aid. He had learned to start and stop while the wheels kept him from tipping over; but the day had arrived when his sense of balance had to get in gear.

So his dad got out the tools, and Timmy helped him take off the training wheels. Excitement was building. Then they pushed the bike to the driveway and dad was coaching Timmy for his first “solo” ride.

Timmy’s mom came out to watch. Timmy had asked her to see him ride on his very own. She was not convinced that he was ready. “Are you sure you can do this?” she asked him. Then she turned to dad, “He won’t get hurt, will he?” Continue Reading…

Kids Have Personalities Too!

Velocity Cross-Age Mentoring

Velocity mentoring: Patrick is the tall guy in the back

“Hey, Patch, are those clothes finished?”

“…working on it, Mom.”

30 minutes later…

“How’s it going, son?”

“I’m doing it…”

30 minutes later…

“Hey, as soon as you finish you can go ride your bike with Anna!”

“OK, Mom, I’m folding….”

It always amazed me that certain children doing  a “simple” household chore, folding clothes, could take SO long, and still never really be completely finished!  Even after he thought it was done, random clothing and isolated socks still littered the folding space. I could have it done in 10 minutes–completely folded and put away!

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