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...and in these moments
the years flow past my eyes ~ her first steps
her first words, her engaging smile
this elegant young woman
with a smile as wide as a crescent moon
before a veil is placed to complete the look
and as she turns to me
I see the utter joy across her face
her gown, this day, she is ready
she has chosen what she is to wear
her happiness impossible to hide
and I smile a reassuring smile… a mother to daughter’s love
a mothers’ pride ~ just the way you are
©jmtacken October 2013(more)
The biggest stumbling block to truly listening, especially to children, is our self-important business. Henri Nouwen SJ, a Jesuit author and university professor, complained to God about all the undergraduate students who knocked on his office door, interrupting his important writing. God’s answer?“I just gave you that book to write to keep you busy in between appointments;
your real work is all these interruptions."
No matter what our occupation, we tend to think that our work, our agenda is important. It is almost in our nature to let ambition and drive push other people... (more)
Experience has taught me that the easiest and most effective way to influence children is to ignore negative behaviour and praise good behaviour. By treating swearing in a laisser faire manner, my children quit almost immediately.
When our family was still young, few kids lived nearby because our house sat on a few acres in the sparsely populated Greenbelt surrounding Ottawa, Canada. The kids were free to explore, catch frogs, make forts, skate on a homemade rink and ride their bikes on narrow dirt paths through the surrounding fields and clusters of trees. It was the perfect spot... (more)
...within her heart.
This is the lady who has been a loving & giving person not only to myself but to her grandchildren.
This is a lady with so much pride & strength that sometimes I think she forgets that she has any.
This is a lady that looks at us with love as only mothers can.
...Yes we may have 'words' now and then...we are Mother & Daughter.
...Yes we may not often see eye to eye on things.
...Yes we are both different ..but in so many ways so alike .
...Yes you have grown older..but I have too.
...Yes I am proud of you, ... (more)
By this I do not mean that you forgot your son/daughters lunch money (though that has happened).
I do not mean you told them that they couldn't go play with the chicken pox infested kids next door (though I think that has happened also).
Nor do I mean that you told them they couldn't have Maccas two days in a row (I definitely have told them this).
I mean those little moments when you did something that caused them physical harm and yes could have led to a Hospital visit.
I shall explain... When my youngest was about 5 she suffered a little with Asthma (you don't... (more)
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.
Barbara Bush, former U.S. first lady
You have to love your children unselfishly.
The soul is healed by being with children.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin... (more)
I have recently discovered that my spirituality is very similar to that of St. Thérèse the Little Flower, probably because I have lived with children under the age of 18 for 33 years. I think that many mothers can relate to this this saint as well. She lived what she liked to call the little way of those who are not rich and famous but who want to serve God their loving Father through their littleness and simplicity and love. She chose to stay as a child in they eyes of God, performing all of her duties with love and obedience, no matter how small and insignificant they were.... (more)
As a mother of nine kids, people often ask me, “How on earth did you manage without any help? “
1.Focus on the joy of parenting, not on everything we are giving up to raise a family
2.Mothers, remember, we have one of the most important jobs in the world because we forming the next generation
3.Accidents and plans fall apart every day, so laugh because laughter cuts through anxiety, anger and frustration, bringing us back to reality
4. Praise works; berating usually backfires. Give good behaviour lots of attention because children WANT our attention and will do... (more)
It just took 40 years of living a strange life before this avid reader and crazy oral story-teller started writing again; this time though, it is in humility. After rinsing out diapers for 19 years in the toilet, it is impossible to stay egotistical. Outwardly, my life is diametrically opposed to anything I could have imagined as a teenager.Yet this strange life I find myself living has brought me more fulfilment and joy than I ever could have imagined as well as a wealth of writing material.
I was an avid reader who loved school. As expected, I completed an Honours Degree in English... (more)