What I have found to be sustaining, especially over the life of being a mom, is the idea of mission. When we have mission, we ultimately have a bigger picture of goals to create!
It’s that time of year, when the “new year, new me” posts come out of the floodgates, full of optimism and vision. It’s not to say that these aspirations might eventually become hopeless, but you wonder if behind all of these fabulous goals exists an actual plan to get the job done.
I have a friend who is one of those people whose presence can light up a room and brings a sense of peace and joy to everyone she meets. Have you ever known someone like this?
The wind howled. Hail poured down. It was the first big storm this fall and the kids and I were happily cooking and laughing together. Then, we spotted him: the neighbor’s gardener fighting the storm in attempts to finish his work. Immediately our heart felt for the man who persevered despite the hail's assault. My two year old suggested we help the man. But what could we do?
That experience changed my life. This event changed the way I viewed those who had less than we did; it changed the gratitude I had as a child for the things I had been given and most importantly it taught me to always put others’ needs before my own.
How can we make small choices each day that will benefit the greater good of others now and in the future? Here are 10 examples that might help to get started.
Whenever something unpleasant wrecks our perfect plans, we see it as pure injustice—even when there is literally nothing anyone could have done to prevent it from happening. It’s especially hard, too, when it involves the bigger life things like marriage, fertility, getting out of large debt, a hard past, or uncontrollable family drama.
As the tantrums continued in full swing over the next week, I sought ways of practicing impulse control. How could I teach my sweet two-year-old to communicate without screams and to handle disappointment in a way that honors those around him?
Without my family and their virtuous example I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have my family to thank for giving me a second chance and for giving me hope.
With all the hustle and bustle, we forget to live in and enjoy the present moment, the only moment available to us.
Too often we try to change our lives by changing our feelings. Am I right? We want to give up and quit on relationships, jobs, or living situations when things start to feel messy and unpleasant.
Before getting engaged my husband and I talked about possible relationship issues. The first couple years of marriage were easy…Then our babies were born and with them came the shocking reality of conflict. Passionate, seemingly unresolvable conflict.
it isn’t the people who try and fail who are unsuccessful; it’s the ones who never make a decision. We can all learn from failure, but those who never make a decision don’t move forward.
A few months back I asked my parents a “what if” question. If they could go back and change anything about how they parented me as well as my siblings, what would they change? One of the answers surprised me.
“Who the heck is he to criticize, complain or try to tell me what or how to do something?” That's where it starts and we forget the above definition of Respect, it flies out the window.
It’s never too early to get your kids used to setting goals for themselves!
Her words were the inspirational soundtrack playing throughout his life. And the songs she sang were those of great respect, admiration and gratefulness.
The purpose of school is to supplement the development of our children to become independent, responsible, caring and good adults. This is a good time as parents to set a goal of what character you want your children to learn and develop over this next school year.
We can all be advocates for change by treating others with the dignity and respect that they are inherently entitled to. Here are a few ideas to help teach your children learn about Human Dignity.
We are Families of Character. We believe in joy-filled parents, and virtue can help get you there.
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