Dear Parents,

 

Part of our jobs as parents is getting our children through hard times.  Everything from a scraped knee to the kids teasing them at school. Of course, it’s never easy for us as parents.  When our children hurt, we hurt.  We feel that knee burn as if it were our own and..if we can find that strength within us, we can be the strength they need.  We do them a disservice when we don’t give them our strength to lean on.

Remember this.  Because there will be those times that you will wonder how you can possibly watch them be in pain. You can’t possibly take one more tear before you go railing off into the night to attack whatever it was that hurt them. Don’t.

I know it’s hard.  You want to scream into the night, run straight over to the other parents who have to be responsible for their child being such a monster to inflict such pain upon your child. Again, don’t.

Find it within yourself to help your child find the path that will not only get them through this hurt, but make them stronger.  Sometimes all that entails is teaching them that blowing on the scraped knee can help ease the pain. Sometimes you have to just be there for them to lean on as they learn to get hurt and then move past it. 

How hard is it to explain to your child that you can’t make people change?  You can give them advice, but you can’t make them take it.  And sometimes…sometimes you have to just accept that they are going to make a bad decision, and then hope that they learn something from it. A lesson every single parent learns very, very well.

So parents, be the strength for your child in those times of hurt. Show them how to be strong, so that they may learn from it.  And then, those times when you mess up, give yourself some slack. You deserve that too.

 

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Monsters and Things

I mentioned before that I was working on making monsters for my niece and nephew from their drawings.  Well, I’m still working on the monster for my nephew, but the one for my niece is finished so I thought I’d post it.  I’m learning ALOT about how to put things together by doing this.  It’s a great exercise AND the kids love the one monster I’ve made so far!

It’s funny because I wasn’t sure if my niece liked her monster, but the day after I gave it to her she came back to me with more monsters to make!! I swear they have a list of things for me to make for them.  Not just monsters. It’s great and helps me to continue to be creative on a daily basis.

I’m only posting the original drawing and a full body picture of the monster.  If you’re interested in seeing more detail please check out my Flickr! photostream.

Original drawing

Monster in real life

I’m also posting the last ATC that I was unable to post before because it had not been received.  Unfortunately it STILL has not been received and I had to make a new card.  I’ve completed the new card and hope to mail it tomorrow.  I can’t post the new card yet but I hope you’ll appreciate the one that was lost.