When I was a kid, my mother and I joined a very large “non-denominational” Christian Church, one of the earliest versions of the Mega Churches that exist today. It was a very happy place. I was in the children’s choir, the community was lovely, and we sang from a song book with drawings of long-haired hippies.
Big kids know that Santa's a good guy — he spreads cheer, brings presents, and loves milk and cookies. But the bearded man dressed in red and white starts out a stranger. No wonder some little boys and girls are nervous, if not downright frightened, the first time they meet Santa Claus. Ho-ho-hold on a minute. Who is this guy?
Moms, keep some moments to yourself — and for your kids. And remove “mommy martyr” and “parental paparazzi” from your resume. It’s full enough already.
Even if you're not Martha Stewart, there are ways to make sure the only F-words muttered this holiday season are "Fa la la" and "fruitcake" and that the "D" in "DIY" doesn't stand for "divorce" or "destruction." So put on your ugly sweater and pour yourself a cup of alcoholic pancake batter (also known as eggnog) and let's begin!
Heading into Thanksgiving and black Friday, many parents wonder how they can teach their children to focus less on material things and be more thankful. It’s not surprising that kids are overall less thankful than they used to be, in fact, recent study just proved it. A study done in 2013 by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin tracked materialism in 355,000 high school seniors from 1976 to 2007 and found that the desire for lots of money has increased markedly since the mid-1970s, while willingness to work hard to earn it decreased.
Most nights I lie in bed, ready for an escape from myself, yet a constantly streaming video loop of everything I ate, how I exercised, and the activities of my day won't stop playing in my mind. I pause. I breathe. I try to relax once again.
One. The percent of adults in the United States diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented mental health challenges out there. And while I found it hard to articulate my depression, I find it even harder to talk about this. Why? Because OCD is so misunderstood. Just like depression isn't "being sad," OCD isn't a synonym for anal-retentive or quirky.
By now, (I hope) you know that if a man freaks out on the waiter, he's likely going to do the same to you, and those lads who hate all of their exes? Well, let's just say they're likely not getting accolades on the other side, either. But what about those red flags that look a softer shade of pink behind those rose-colored glasses? You know, the ones that leave you wondering if it's workable or time to walk? If you're tired of collecting frequent flyer miles to the purgatory between stay and go, you're in luck. Read on for 5 non-negotiables I've learned to hold on tightly to.
I know a thing or two about what works and what doesn't when trying to heal a broken heart. Here are 20 of my best lessons!
Anyone who has ever walked away from an exchange mumbling the things they "should have said" knows the crushing defeat that comes with not reaching deep into one's vocabulary and putting together that one punchline phrase that would embolden a boundary, silence a bully or crush an inner critic. Thanks to many stumbles (and plenty of practice), I've found 5 phrases that never fail in those trickier situations that often too often leave us at a loss for words.