Celebrating Ourselves

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

It seems like as one year wraps up and another begins there is a lot of time spent looking back and reflecting on the year that was. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the time we focus on the things that didn’t work out or didn’t go as we planned. Perhaps our first thoughts and memories are of the challenging things that happened or the mistakes that we made. While it’s good to reflect on our circumstances and our shortcomings to try and keep the same things from happening again, I encourage you at the end of this year to think about something else as well…to focus on the positive things that happened to you and your family…and even better…to think about the awesome things that you did to help your children. Continue reading

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New Year, New You

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

It’s a New Year!  The calendar has switched over and for many people this feels like a time of change, of new opportunity and perhaps starting over.  Many resolutions are made about working out more, eating better, or changing a habit.  These resolutions are often well-intentioned and typically self-focused.  May I suggest a different type of resolution if you’re looking to make a change in the New Year?  How about a resolution that involves the special little ones in your life? Continue reading