Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More and more connections


Each idea, object, concept, person, song, motion—anything you can think of—has personal associations for you. You have an incalculable mass of connections formed in your brain and will make more today, tomorrow, on the way home, and in your sleep.

SandraDodd.com/connections
photo by Ester Siroky

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

One interaction at a time

One interaction at a time. Just make the next interaction a relationship-building one. Don't worry about the one AFTER that, until IT becomes "the next one."
—Pam Sorooshian
SandraDodd.com/peace/becoming
photo by Meryl Rosenfeld Ranzer

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy and healthy appreciation

If people live wanting what they think they "deserve," they will not be as happy or healthy as if they could live appreciating what they have.
SandraDodd.com/abundance
photo by Kelly Halldorson

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Note to parents:

Contented parents are more useful to children and their learning and living than are unhappy parents reciting slogans or rhetoric.
SandraDodd.com/peace
SandraDodd.com/politics
photo by Cass Kotrba

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Soft and gentle

Be soft and gentle

Helping a child learn to hold a kitten or a puppy isn't always easy, but modeling how to do it gently and softly helps. Parents can remember those factors when touching babies and children, too. Is he comfortable? Is he safe?

Someone who can gently handle a puppy, and a baby, might remember those things when dealing with another adult.

SandraDodd.com/better partner
photo by Rose Sorooshian

Friday, April 20, 2018

Car keys and money

"Look for ways to be a helpful partner to your kids—you've got the car keys and the money, you can facilitate their exploration of the world."
—Deb Rossing
SandraDodd.com/attentiveparenting
photo by Ester S., from inside their RV

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Defuse frustration

Joyce Fetteroll wrote:
Life *is* frustrating. Being mindful won't prevent kids from getting frustrated but it will be a huge step in the right direction. Seeing the world from kids' point of view will help you understand why they are reacting to the world as they are. Treat your kids as though they're doing the best they can with the knowledge and skills and understanding of the world they have. And often when they're at their worst, what works best is a hug.
—Joyce Fetteroll
SandraDodd.com/mindfulparenting
photo by Joshua Harkness
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