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Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Sunday, April 5, 2009
Please come over to my new site and sign up via rss or subscribe via email.
Also follow me on Twitter: @plussizemommy
Thank you, I hope you will re-follow me over at my new site :) See you there !!
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Oh My Oh My,
Last nights New Blog Twitter Launch party was an absolute BLAST!!!
I enjoyed every one's company and had a lot of fun.
I am so glad that you all like my new "home". I thank you all for joining me last night, and I hope you won one or some of the wonderful prizes that I gave away.
If you are a winner and haven't emailed me yet, please email me your snail mail, and please include your twitter name (so I know who you are) so I can get the prizes out to you.
If you weren't able to make it to my party last night, that is okay, I will forgive you ;)
However, here is my new blog address so you can sign up, as there will be MANY MANY more opportunities to come to WIN more great products !!!
My new sites URL is : http://www.theplussizemommy.com/blog
As soon as I get a subscribe button up and my rss feedburner installed, please sign up. I would love to have you !!!
Congrats to all of the winners, and if you didn't win last night, no worries.... Your still a winner in my book !!!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I am setting the date. I will be holding the Twitter launch party on
Thursday March 26th from 9-10pm Eastern time.
Here are some of the prizes that will be given away to kick off my new blog:
- Poken - One lucky winner will be winning YES, a Poken , An electronic business card that is the newest and greatest upcoming thing !!! (It is a Panda Bear one)
- PJ Sparkles Doll set - from ZIZZLE
- Chicken Soup for the Soul Books - various ones
- Leg Huggers
- $25 gift certificate to Touch'd body scrubs and bath products
- Tina Tessina Books - Various ones
- Pouchee - (in yellow) FROM Organizer Sandy
- Free Hagan Dazs ice cream certificate
- Dunkin Donuts gift certificates
- $15 Special Edition TWILIGHT gift card to Walmart
- $15 Walmart gift card
- Keurig travel mug gift set
- other prizes to come !!!
You MUST be signed up as a follower of my NEW blog to win and also follow me on twitter, I am @plussizemommy.
So, as soon as I release the name and url of my new blog website, you will want to head on over there (or click the link that will be found here) and sign up.
I promise this to be an amazing PLUS SIZE Event !!! I am very excited about it and I cannot wait to share it all with you !!! So STAY TUNED !!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
As I said in my last post, The Plus Size Mommy blog is moving. It right now is at an undisclosed location but I am telling you, it is going to be awesome !!! I am working with a great site designer, that is professionally designing me a unique one of a kind blogging website that will be so great.
To Kick off my new blog I have decided, and by popular demand have been told, to have a Twitter Party. I have a bunch of great things to give away and reviews about the items on my new blog.
I believe (if all goes well) the new blog will be live up and running and reader for subscribers next week, so please keep looking HERE for updates.
I will also be putting updates on Twitter so you wont miss the fun and the giveaways and new site twitter party !!
Thank you for your patience !
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I am just writing a very quick note to let you all know that the PlusSizeMommy is moving. I just bought a new host and domain. I will also have a new name and look, so please bear with me as I get these changes made (pardon the dust). As soon as I get this up and running smoothly and improved. I will post everything so you will know where to find me.
Here's To IMPROVEMENT AND CHANGE !!!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both. Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Proverbs 27:1 - 5
** Reminder, Do not forget to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour today !! ** Spring Ahead**
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Walmart #11MOMS Twilight Party on Twitter is tonight (March 7th at 9pm eastern).
You can win GREAT Twilight Prizes and there is even going to be a Special Guest !!!
To Learn more and to RSVP to the Twitter party tonight and have a chance to win please click on the link below and get all the details !!! GOOD LUCK !
"Walmart has taken the excitement of Twilight to a whole new level. Come join us!" - quote from Resourceful Mom
Resourceful Mommy: #11momsTwilight Party on Twitter Saturday!
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As an ALL YOU - Reality Checker, I recently had the opportunity to review Sally Hansen's NEW Insta- Dry nail color. It is Fast Drying, and has a specially engineered brush that is wider to do your nail in one stroke. It is very cool.
I absolutely LOVED this product, because of the fast drying aspect. I was able to do my daughter who is 3 years old's nails and didn't have to worry that with her fidgeting it would be off before I got to her next nail. It dried so quick she didn't have the opportunity to wipe it off !!
Please watch my VLOG on this nail polish and see how SHIMMERING it is and beautiful !
The color I received is Mauve, which is perfect ! I totally recommend this nail color, and I am looking forward to buying my next color soon !!!
"One Stroke, One Coat, Done ! No Excuses !"
VLOG review of the MiYim - Simply organic toys, by TOMY.
(this is one of my first Vlogs, so, I am very new to this exciting new venture, so please bear with me as I learn the best techniques and ways to get my vlogging better.) THANKS ! - Enjoy!
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I had a chance to do a product review on these lotions:
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These lotions smell so good. They feel rich and creamy. The Apples and Oak smells "Earthy" and like a fall walk in the woods. the Pineapple Cake smells just like a pineapple upsidedown cake ! It is so wonderfully smelling, I wish they had hair products of this scent ! The black vanilla orchid collection smells flowery with a hint of vanilla.
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Thank you for entering and following my blog. This giveaway starts immediately and will end on Thursday March 12th at 9pm eastern time. Winner will be chosen via Random.org.
Have Fun and GOOD LUCK !!!
Friday, March 6, 2009
An article from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Flock. With over three quarter of a million copies of her books in print and books published in 16 countries worldwide, Flock has undoubtedly established herself as an author to watch. Now in her fourth novel, SLEEPWALKING IN DAYLIGHT (MIRA Books; March 2009; Hardcover; $21.95 U.S.), she returns with yet another strong characterization, adroitly entering the psyche of a mother and a daughter, both stuck at a crossroads in their lives and trying to cope with life’s disappointments. A former print journalist for People and TIME magazines, as well as a correspondent for Cuba. , Flock covered some of the most critical breaking news stories in recent history, including the and ’s visit with in My Mother's Bed I am excited to let you know that I am going to have a giveaway to one of my lucky readers of this book! Winner will be chosen by Random.org. This giveaway starts now and will end on Thursday March 12, at 7pm eastern time. Here is how to enter: 1. 2 entries for following my blog. 2. 2 entries for signing up for my rss feed or by email to (by clicking on my zebra on left top of blog) 3. vote for my site on momfaves.com (can click to vote above). 4. grab my button and add to your blog for 2 additional entries. 5. comment and tell me your favorite Bible verse below. Thank you for entering and following my blog. GOOD LUCK !
By Elizabeth Flock,
Author of Sleepwalking in Daylight
The bed is already crowded when I crawl into it. The cats have arranged themselves neatly around my mother and they are not happy when I climb aboard and upset their cozy set-up.
I fit easily into my father's mattress indentation, he's begun his day but the covers have kept his spot warm. My mother is just awake, still soft from sleep. And that is perhaps what I like best about this infrequent ritual, the intimacy of lying close to the yawns and stretches of a fresh day.
I live out of town and cannot visit as often as I would like. Time skitters by far too quickly on these trips. Days become filled with friends, family squeezed here and there in between. So although I am certainly far too old to be crawling into my parents' bed I relish the private time with my mother. Not to mention the youthful implication of climbing into one's parents' king size bed.
Our talk can be about our sleep the night before ("I had the strangest dream"), our meal the night before ("I love the atmosphere but the salmon was overcooked"), plans for the day ahead ("Is that store still here? The one on the corner behind the bank? Let's go there for sure"). Then we meander to meatier topics: ("is [insert family friend's name] happy? It seemed like they were strained when we ran into them yesterday"). Meatier still are the questions about my life, my marriage, my choices.
Truth is, my life is nothing like what I thought it would be. Pretty much every friend I have says the same thing. My friend Kathy is fond of saying "if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans." God must be laughing big time right about now.
I'd always imagined a storybook marriage, kids, home, friends. I thought the big dilemma would be how many children to have . . . four, to make it even? Two, to make it affordable? Of course this was back when I thought forty was ancient, and eating an entire bag of Doritos wouldn't show up on my fit body which would, by the way, always stay effortlessly fit.
At thirty-five I visit, we lie in bed looking up at the ceiling and I ask my mother if everything's turned out the way she thought it would. She seems surprised at the question and answers "It's better than I thought it would be. Different but better. Why, honey? Are you okay?"
And so, there in my mother's bed, I tell her. I tell her I cannot have children of my own. We talk about the fertility clinics, the failed procedures and the soul-crushing reality that it is not in the cards for us. For me, that is. My husband has two daughters and if it weren't for them I think I might have withered up and floated away. They are my girls, pure and simple.
At forty I visit, we lie in bed looking up at the ceiling and I ask my mother how she and my father have stayed married for four decades and counting. And I tell her. I describe the heartbreaking realization that my marriage will not continue. Wait did I fail to mention that it was my second divorce? Yeah, no, it was. Though the circumstances were far different each time. That's something, right? It should mean something, really mean something, that I've managed to stay close to my second ex-husband, shouldn't it? At least I pulled that off. I may have failed miserably at marriage but post-marriage, well, I've nailed that. My friends say we're the coolest divorced couple they know.
Lying next to my mother at forty-one, I felt a hand on my wrist, a delicate bird-hand I know as well as my own, as I wondered aloud what the hell happened to my life. My mother listening, staring at the ceiling knowing it's easier to talk that way, like when you're in a car.
"I've made a mess of my life, Mom," I say, my eyes fighting back tears, following instead a hairline fracture in the ceiling paint, probably from the house settling. "I've pretty much fouled up every single aspect of it."
Her hand gives a light squeeze. My mother knows -- she always knows -- I need to keep talking so she remains quiet.
"Two divorces? Two? What the hell is wrong with me?"
Do I tell her how hard I worked -- how hard we worked -- to keep it together? Do I confess that I am mostly to blame? Will she smile knowingly if I admit I'm a handful, I'm difficult to live with and I have such impossibly high standards no one not even Barack Obama could meet them? (Well, he could).
Most of my friends wonder why I walked away. "Lots of marriages become stagnant," they say. "That's what happens. It doesn't mean you just walk away. You don't just throw in the towel, Liz," the word just implying an infuriating haphazardness. The decision to leave my marriage was not arrived at impulsively. And it certainly wasn't easy. It was agonizing, painful, and so deeply wounding a part of me died in the process.
"Nothing is wrong with you, Liz," her voice shakes me out of my litany of misery. "Life tries to break us apart sometimes and you didn't break. You bent, yes, but you are not broken. You just need to heal. You'll pick yourself up, honey. You will."
At forty-one, we lie in bed, looking up at the ceiling and she asks me how I am and I tell her. I tell her I am finally happy.
While her questions sometimes make me squirm I am grateful they are asked. I may not tell her this but I am also grateful for the advice that follows. For with age comes acknowledgment of our own limitations, our own ignorance. Our parents' life experiences are seen in a new and more favorable light (finally, they will surely say). So if we have any measure of maturity we will recognize our parents as people who just may know what they are talking about. At the very least we can appreciate their journeys.
The cats have readjusted themselves at different angles beside and on top of my mother. I feel her stroking my hair and reflexively I say: "I know, I know. I need a hair cut."
"I was just thinking your hair is beautiful," she says.
A comment I could not have taken in as an awkward teen, a brooding twenty-something or an independent thirty-year old. But I am forty-three and so I smile. I am grateful for her words.
I am grateful for my mother. And I am grateful for my mother's bed.
Copyright © 2009 Elizabeth Flock author of Sleepwalking in Daylight
Elizabeth Flock, author of Sleepwalking in Daylight, is a former journalist who reported for Time and People magazines and worked as an on-air correspondent for CBS before becoming a full-time writer. The New York Times bestselling author of But Inside I'm Screaming, Everything Must Go and Me & Emma -- a Notable title and Highlight Pick of the Year -- Elizabeth hails from Connecticut and currently lives in . For more information, please visit http://www.elizabethflock.com/.
An article from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Flock. With over three quarter of a million copies of her books in print and books published in 16 countries worldwide, Flock has undoubtedly established herself as an author to watch. Now in her fourth novel, SLEEPWALKING IN DAYLIGHT (MIRA Books; March 2009; Hardcover; $21.95 U.S.), she returns with yet another strong characterization, adroitly entering the psyche of a mother and a daughter, both stuck at a crossroads in their lives and trying to cope with life’s disappointments. A former print journalist for People and TIME magazines, as well as a correspondent for Cuba. , Flock covered some of the most critical breaking news stories in recent history, including the and ’s visit with in
My Mother's Bed
I am excited to let you know that I am going to have a giveaway to one of my lucky readers of this book! Winner will be chosen by Random.org. This giveaway starts now and will end on Thursday March 12, at 7pm eastern time.
Here is how to enter:
1. 2 entries for following my blog.
2. 2 entries for signing up for my rss feed or by email to (by clicking on my zebra on left top of blog)
3. vote for my site on momfaves.com (can click to vote above).
4. grab my button and add to your blog for 2 additional entries.
5. comment and tell me your favorite Bible verse below.
Thank you for entering and following my blog. GOOD LUCK !
Wheaton, IL (February 25, 2009) - Introducing JellyTelly, an innovative and interactive multimedia experience for kids, straight from the creator of VeggieTales! The online children's network reaches beyond the traditions of television and DVD entertainment, offering 24-hour access to high-quality Christian programming to children ages 5-11.
Birthed out of his creative shop Jellyfish Labs, Phil Vischer and his team believe the Internet presents a unique opportunity to teach kids about the Bible in a fresh, engaging way. "Through JellyTelly, we can bring the Bible to life for kids on a daily basis. Our mission is to help raise the next generation of Christian kids so they know what they believe and why they believe it," says Vischer.
Utilizing high-quality, cost-effective video streaming from technology partner Ooyala, the free of charge network provides exclusive daily programming, interactive games based on kids' favorite characters, a "movie of the week" on Saturday and Sundays, and a "grown-ups" section to keep parents informed of news and updates. Pre-reading children can enjoy and navigate the site by browsing through picture option menus.
The mini-network has already gained the attention and endorsements of leaders in the Christian entertainment world, including Ted Beahr, founder of Movieguide. He says, "Having taught media literacy for forty years, I am impressed that this innovative and ground-breaking network offers one of the most effective ways to reach children on a level to which they can relate. By creatively teaching biblical values with animation and humor, JellyTelly provides a unique opportunity to instill values in children at a young age, which can make a significant impact on their future."
JellyFish Labs has also created JellyBits.com, an exclusive website for children's ministry leaders. The site offers JellyTelly video shorts that teach books of the Bible in entertaining and fun ways. Churches can download video shorts for a minimal cost to use with their teaching.
For more information, visit www.jellytelly.com or www.jellybits.com. For more information about Ooyala, visit www.ooyala.com.
Greening Cold and
SAN FRANCISCO – With cold and flu season in full swing, is releasing its Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide, a credit card-sized shopping guide that helps consumers find the greenest household paper products. In the guide, Greenpeace gives a thumbs up to brands Green Forest, Natural Value and , while recommending that shoppers avoid products like Kleenex, Cottonelle , and Angel Soft.
Greenpeace recommends products that meet three important environmental benchmarks: they are made from 100 percent overall recycled content, a minimum of which is 50 percent post-consumer recycled content; and are not bleached with chlorine or toxic chlorine compounds. The guide rates facial tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, and .
“Tissue products that are made from recycled content help to reduce our impact on ancient forests, protecting and wildlife,” said Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Lindsey Allen. “By using our guide and voting with their dollars, shoppers can help save Endangered Forests.”
Green Forest is an example of a responsible company making tissue products. All Green Forest products are made from 100 percent recycled paper, are whitened without chlorine, and are produced from a minimum of 90 percent post-consumer recycled paper.
“Our company’s primary goal is to make truly environmentally friendly products that also work well for the consumer, while being profitable,” said Allen Stedman, President of Planet Inc., manufacturers of Green Forest paper. “We want to make a difference in the marketplace, and we’re delighted that Greenpeace has recognized our efforts.”
One company that Greenpeace says can do much better is Kimberly-Clark, the largest tissue product company in the world with net sales in 2007 of over $18 billion dollars. Yet despite their large market share, Kimberly-Clark has not used their influence to show the industry how to be greener.
Greenpeace gave an ”Avoid” rating to Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, and Viva, Kimberly-Clark’s household paper product brands.
The full Greenpeace Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper guide can be found at www.greenpeace.org/tissueguide.
CONTACT: Daniel Kessler, Greenpeace Press Officer, cell: ; email: email@example.com
Sampling of facial tissue results:
Recommended: Fluff Out, Seventh Generation, Natural Value, 365
They can do better: Earth First
Avoid: Kleenex, Scotties, Puffs, Target tissues, tissues
Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Ryan McLean from Smarter Wealth is giving away a brand new Flip Mino HD to one lucky reader. This will be the easiest Flip Mino HD to win because barely anyone is going to enter meaning more chances that you can win.
The Flip Mino HD is the coolest gadget around. You can shoot one hour of video in HD (so you can play it on your plasma) and you can even edit your footage right on your device. This device is so small that it will fit in your pocket so you will never miss capturing a moment ever again.
To enter all you have to do is sign up for Ryan’s newsletter and post about the competition.
Check out all the details of how you can enter the Win a Flip Mino HD competition now.
This will literally be the easiest flip mino to win because not that many people will go to the effort to post about this competition even though this prize is worth $230!!!
Winners will be announced March 5th 2008
Good luck !
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Hello, Today is Spiritual Sunday and a friend of mine sent me this in an email and it really spoke to my heart, so I wanted to share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have !!!
Please click on the link to view :
Take a couple of minutes to enjoy, it is well worth your time !!!
Have A Blessed Sunday !!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
The Art of Parenting Non-Conforming Kids: Six Ways to Teach Your Kids to Live Fearless, Authentic, and Wildly Successful Lives By Robin Fisher-Roffer,
Author of The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How To Succeed When You're The Only One Like You
Parents take note: We're living in a time when being "different" actually pays off.
Here's how to nurture individuality in the formative years.
Few jobs are more daunting than raising well-rounded, happy, . On one hand, you adore what makes your child unique: your daughter's all-consuming love of science (she's bordering on nerdy!) or your son's quiet disposition and curious spirit. On the other, you worry that being too "different" -- too shy, too short, too tomboyish (or, in the case of boys, too sensitive), too anything -- is a sure path to unpopularity and isolation. What's a conflicted parent to do? Urge your child to succeed within socially prescribed boundaries? Or let him or her break the (unspoken) rules and risk being labeled "weird"?
First, stop fretting. Your hand-wringing desire for your child to "fit in" is surely borne of love, but it's also misguided for an age in which diversity is celebrated. Even if your child does face a few bumps in the road, learning to be herself (or himself) will pay off in the long run.
Kids who are confident in themselves, their background, and their unique way of thinking, looking, or acting are more likely to succeed, not in spite of their differences, but because of them. The benefits of being a bold individual just keep on unfolding as your kids reach adulthood -- especially these days.
We are living in an era that celebrates uniqueness -- not for its own sake but for the tangible benefits it yields throughout life. There has never been a better time to be yourself. Embracing and nurturing your inner "fearless fish" brings far richer rewards than conformity ever could.
Your unusual personality, outlook, appearance, or background -- really, any attribute that sets you apart -- is not a liability but an asset. Being different gets you noticed, whether it's in the office, at school, or at home with your own family, and that is the first step to gaining influence with those around you.
When you refuse to hide or downplay your uniqueness, it makes you more authentic -- and people gravitate toward those they like, trust, and believe in. Take Barack Obama, for example. His entire campaign celebrated his differences and used change as a cornerstone for his message. Today, he's the President of the United States because voters saw that he was authentic and true to himself, and they were drawn to him.
Today's kids are growing up in a time of exhilarating change, an era in which they face more opportunities (and yes, more challenges) than any group before them. Read on to learn how to help them navigate the road before them by being a fearless fish out of water (just like you!):
Be a truly fearless leader. One of the most effective ways of teaching our kids is to lead by example. Our children look up to us and mimic the behaviors they see in their parents each day. If they see a person who is comfortable in her own skin, who dares to go against the flow, and most importantly, who is happy, they will learn to do the same for themselves. If this doesn't describe you, well, it's time to take a look in the mirror.
Your children are watching you, and usually when you least expect it. If you are an authentic person and you live your own life as a fearless fish, your kids will see that and it will serve as a powerful lesson for the people they will become. Make sure to be who you are wherever you go -- at work, at home, at your children's school -- and when they see the confidence you exhume and the respect you command, they will follow your lead.
Help your kids to fit in the right way. It's only natural for kids (of any age) to want to be like their peers -- and that's okay. The compromise to this scenario is to encourage your kids to associate with kids who are more like them. That way, they can feel accepted and part of a group while being themselves. Encourage your kids to join clubs or local groups that cater to their personalities and interests.
If your son is a music whiz, sign him up for a local music class so he can make friends with other kids who share his talent and passion. Or encourage your daughter to join the science club or debate team at school, depending on her interests. Find a place where your kids can still fit in and feel like part of the group, while at the same time fostering their individuality and unique talents.
Foster and encourage your child's unique gifts. Nobody knows your child as well as you do, which puts you in the perfect position to identify those qualities that will make him stand out from the crowd and pave the way to a successful future. Take a cue from Tiger Woods' father. When he noticed that his child was a budding golf prodigy, he saw the opportunity and ignored the odds stacked against a young, bi-racial golfer in a sport dominated by older white men. We all know how his story ended.
Every parent has a child who is an individual, who is unlike anybody else on this planet. You have known this person from his first minute in the world, and you know what makes him special. At a young age, children aren't in a position to leverage themselves in the real world like adults can -- and this is where you are their biggest asset. If you know why your kid is unique, don't just gush about it around the water cooler -- get your child involved in ways that will benefit him now and well into the future.
Teach him to use his differences to make a difference. Kids who learn to give back at an early age are that much more likely to do so well into their adult lives. Getting involved is a great life lesson, and a great way for you to spend time together as a family. Let your child pick a cause that he cares about, and then help him to use his differences to make a difference in the lives of others.
If your child is a star athlete, teach him to use his sports star status to raise money for a charity. You can ask the team's sponsor to help, or have fans donate $1 per goal to be donated to a good cause. Or does your daughter have a way with animals that reminds you of the dog whisperer? Sign up to be volunteers at the local animal shelter. Working together on a common cause can have only positive results. You get to spend time as a family and you get to help out the community -- all while teaching your future fearless fish an important life skill!
Let her change her mind. Nobody wants to raise a quitter, and sometimes that can mean we force our kids to stick with activities and hobbies that may not be right for who they are growing up to be. If Sally LOVED horseback riding last month, but this week she will absolutely die if she doesn't get to join the local 4-H, it can be enough to make your head spin, and your wallet shrink. While it's not okay to let kids have free reign over your schedule (or your budget!), it's important to pay attention to their changing interests and to encourage them to pursue different things until they find what suits them.
While the outlet for your child's passion may change, the root of who she is stays the same. Clearly, Sally has a passion for nature, and through different experiences she will learn to use that passion to stay relevant and current. As a fearless fish, you have to keep reinventing yourself, changing with the times and with the places you work and live, while holding on to the essential you. If your kids want to pursue something, let them try for a year. Once the season is over, if they want to move on, it's okay to let them. Forcing kids to stay involved in something they don't care about will only smother the fire in them that you're trying to stoke.
Know when to let go. It's inevitable: You can't protect your kids from everything, and sooner or later (and it's probably sooner!) they are going to be faced with a challenge that will rock their world. Maybe a bully at school has made Susie her new target, or Timmy didn't make the basketball team and all his friends did. For kids, upsets like these are devastating. But they are also perfect opportunities for them to learn how to overcome obstacles by practicing the ABCs for fish out of water -- action, belief, and courage.
Don't try to swoop in and make it all better. That may be the worst thing you can do. Instead, help your child equip himself with the means to solve his own problems. If Timmy didn't make the team, but you know he's a talented artist, encourage him to get more involved in the school's art program or sign him up for advanced art classes at the local community college. Or help Susie boost her self-esteem and confidence by enrolling her in a karate class or debate team; her bully will move on when she learns that her victim can stand up for herself.
There's a great bonus that comes with striving to raise fearless kids: In the process, you perfect and refine your own journey toward fearlessness.
Parenting is as much about your growth and evolution as it is your child's. As we teach, we learn. And there's no richer or more rewarding path than learning how to cast aside our fear and be true to ourselves. Living an authentic life successfully is fulfilling beyond words -- and an opportunity that no child should go without.
Copyright © 2009 Robin Fisher-Roffer author of The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How To Succeed When You're The Only One Like You
Robin Fisher Roffer is the author of The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How To Succeed When You're The Only One Like You. An acclaimed speaker and CEO of Big Fish Marketing—one of the entertainment industry's preeminent brand marketing and digital advertising agencies—she fearlessly advises clients like A&E, Bravo, CNN, Comedy Central, FX, MTV, NBC Universal, and Sony Pictures. For more information, please visit http://fearlessfishoutofwater.com/ and http://www.robinfisherroffer.com
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Here are 9 Tips for 2009 for surviving and thriving in turbulent economic times:
Simplify. As Mary Davis writes in her story “Resolutions for Sale,”
we all have items from previous resolutions that never panned out:
Exercise equipment still in its original packaging, organizational
gadgets collecting dust. So why not make a buck or two and have a
“Resolution Sale?” Sell all of your unwanted and unused items, make
some money, and simplify your life for the better.
Go green. When going green, little changes can make a big difference
for the environment -- and your wallet. Ashley Sanders writes in her
story “I’m Not a Dirty Hippie” that her husband was apprehensive about
going green at first, but got on-board once he saw the savings
benefit. “After a lot of testing and trying, we began to find
products that we could not only use, but that were more affordable
than the products we previously used,” Sanders writes.
Count your blessings. List-obsessed Sarah Jo Smith shares in her story
“A Daily Practice in Gratitude” how even the most sincere resolutions
can turn sour. “I planned to write down three things a day that
expressed my appreciation and love for the things and people around
me….[But] what started as a positive exercise turned into a mental
list of countless complaints and worries,” she writes. However, after
an emotional encounter with a stranger, Sarah realized there was much
more room in her life than she previously allowed for gratitude. In
the face of financial worries and other daily stressors, remember your
gifts – you’ll likely discover the strength you need in life’s
Don’t exceed your needs: Try downsizing! Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution story contributor Harriet Cooper had a size problem – with her home. Saddled with double the house space she needed, she
realized there was a lot going to waste. Cooper was also unhappy with
her home’s “double identity” – one side that guests saw, and one side
that she actually lived in. In her story “One House, Two Faces,” she
writes about selling the house and moving into a smaller one. With
her savings, she bought herself two years of freedom to explore new
job possibilities. What’s more? Now, her guests get to visit a
relaxed hostess who is happy with her (smaller) home, just the way it
Put the unnecessary items back. Single mom Rebecca Jay tried to save
money, but every month she was living paycheck to paycheck. So she
invented a game that she and her son could play to save money at the
grocery store. At the check-out lane, she and her son perform a
“Cart Check,” pulling out items they really don’t need. When her son puts
something back, Jay rewards him with the savings. In her story “Check
the Cart,” she recalls how this game not only helped rein in impulse
spending, it taught her son a valuable lesson on personal finances in
the process. What a great legacy to pass on to a younger generation!
Find financial peace. Kristine Byron likes to look at what she
spends, rather than what she saves. In her story “Spend, Spend,
Spend,” Kristine resolves to save money by cutting out certain things,
but recognizes all the ways she gets to “spend” time doing something
else. “As I have pledged to save on lavish meals dining out, I have
vowed to ‘spend’ more time entertaining at home,” she writes. When you
make resolutions to save, you can also resolve to “spend” more time
with your family and doing things that you love to do … for
Work with those you love. Working with someone you love might seem scary at first, as B.J. Taylor describes in her story “A Leap of Faith.” But when her husband needed her to work at his company because
of financial setbacks, she stepped up. The two agreed to sit down and
talk every six months about what’s working and what’s not. Though
challenging at first, the couple has worked with each other now for 15
years. Could it be possible to go into business with your loved ones?
Give gifts of yourself. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on the
people you love, just spend time doing things with them. In his story
“A Commitment to Play Dolls,” Timothy Martin recalls his decision to
play with his four-year-old daughter for an afternoon. “I still
thinking playing with dolls is dumb,” writes Martin. “But my
four-year-old daughter, Emily, loves them. She plays with her Barbie
dolls every day. Since I want to be a good father, and because Emily
and I don’t get to spend much time together, I resolved to learn.”
Celebrate the old. While everyone else may be resolving to try something new, don’t forget to remember your old treasures. Dayle Allen Shockley writes in “Let’s Celebrate the Old” about all the many
items, principles, and people that she celebrates every new year. “I
enjoy making new friends, but old friends who have shared my pain and
sorrow, celebrated my joys, and remained steadfast when trouble came
knocking; they are the ones I will celebrate most in the New Year,”
she writes. In 2009, which old pleasures are you thankful for? Life
can be improved just by recognizing the wonderful gifts we already
And remember, improving yourself is not exclusive to the month of
January; it’s a year-round opportunity.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution(Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, D’ette Corona and Barbara LoMonaco) is published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. For more information, please visit chickensoup.com.
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