Daily Inspiration: Santa Signs With Little Girl

Going to see Santa Claus is the highlight of any child’s Christmas. As families we celebrate the the magic of Santa, his elves and reindeer. In today’s video, Santa makes a little girl’s Christmas even more special by using sign language to communicate with her. She instantly lights up when she is able to tell him what she wants. It’s joyous to see every child … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Santa Signs With Little Girl

Perfect Childhoods Are Unreasonable

What are your memories as a child? Do you get warm and nostalgic over holidays past or are you filled with anger or even deep seeded resentment?

There isn’t a book around that can completely prepare you for parenting. Babies are ushered into the world under the guise of protection and unconditional love. Completely at the mercy of the caregiver for their every need and the vulnerability of this time is unprecedented.

Children are the ultimate wonder the life. They are beautiful creatures of creation. Naturally luminous in love: growing, learning and pushing the limits to their next step. When getting ready to create worlds for our children, we often project idyllic views on how their childhoods should be. Hopefully they are better than our own. Maintaining this utopia means that we have mastered the stressors of work, relationships, finances and occasional dodge balls that life throws at our feet. Sigh

Eighteen years is a ridiculously short time to raise a person. For all intensive purposes, it’s unrealistic. Everyone who has surpassed early adulthood can say with authority that an eighteen year old is probably the most clueless person on the planet. We were hormonal, generally arrogant, and ready to run out into the world with our pants metaphorically down.

By the time we get to our first therapy session, fifteen (or less) years later, we are desperately trying to unpack why we are who we are. Looking for answers for our failures, miscommunications and emotions. As we have all seen on TV with highly experienced psychotherapists; he or she will slide back into their chair and find a soothing voice to ask the dreaded, ‘tell me about your childhood’, question.

We will spend time combing over every desire, promise or incident to find the answers and surely they will be there. Fault will most likely be assigned to that of a mom, dad, or relative because someone needs to be found responsible. As children we always see adults as beaming with superpowers and holding keys to a world we can’t yet understand. But a parent is just a person; a human experiencing life as it is thrown at them.

Most are trying hard to be the best they can be everyday. Being a parent is the hardest job that anyone will have. Nothing highlights your capabilities faster than mitigating the irrational cries of an angry two year old who can no longer draw all over the walls in sky blue crayon.

Suffice it to say that if you had clothes on your back, a roof to sleep under and a semblance of love in your house, you were ahead of the curve. That doesn’t take away from those who experienced undo cruelty or hardship as a direct result of a parents actions. Also, incidents out of the control of the caregiver can completely change the landscape of the child’s life have and have an equal effect on everyone.

Families have their issues because they are impossible to avoid. There are a host of variables present in every situation that drive the actions and emotions behind them. Parenting requires ridiculous amounts of compartmentalization to not transfer the weight of your world on your children. Parents doing well at this aspect deserve more credit. Those who don’t cope well just need more help. More often than not, we are our parents. Children are raised based on the childhood of the person who is raising them. It’s a cycle that continues for better or for worse. There isn’t a family in America that acts like they are on the set of Full House, because reality exists.

When exploring the depths of the past it is important to remember that people are just that — people. We can either learn and grow or stay stubborn and stagnant. Childhoods contain the blueprint of our futures, but we hold the keys to our endings as adults.

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Daily Inspiration: Lebron James Opens Elementary School

Professional athletes have recently received some backlash for being overpaid and not contributing to society in a meaningful way. However, that doesn’t apply to all, since many donate their time, skills and resources to help many communities. Lebron James opened up a tuition free elementary school in Akron Ohio that is dedicated to providing support and resources for children and parents that need it the … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Lebron James Opens Elementary School

The End of Child Marriage is Gaining Traction

Marriage is thought to be a sacred union between two consenting adults. However, in most of the country, you don’t necessarily have to be an adult. New Jersey recently became the second state (after Delaware) to ban marriage for people under the age of eighteen. Forty eight states still allow children to get married either on their own volition or with the approval of their parents and/or a … Continue reading The End of Child Marriage is Gaining Traction

Adaptive Clothing Breaks the Mold

The greatest features of modern society are tolerance and innovation. Thanks to this, people are finally able to reap the benefits of progressive thinking. Adaptive clothing is specifically designed to increase mobility for disabled, elderly and special-needs children and adults. While sneakers with Velcro clasps and ‘grandma’ pants with elastic waists aren’t new, this concept goes a step beyond. Magnetic closures, sensory friendly and anti-strip … Continue reading Adaptive Clothing Breaks the Mold

Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart

Bill Conner was reunited with his daughter in a very special away. She passed away suddenly on a family vacation and her parents decided to donate her organs. During a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to organ donation, he met the recipient of his daughter’s heart. Losing a loved one is very difficult. Donating organs can be a way to commemorate a life, by … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart

Daily Inspiration: Spread Valentine’s Day Love

Today you can be the inspiration for a child in need. Children’s hospitals are accepting well wishes on free e-cards for sick patients this Valentine’s Day. Help bring joy and love to their little hearts. Here are some hospitals participating this Valentine’s Day: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital St. Jude’s Research Hospital Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Arkansas Children’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Spread Valentine’s Day Love

Silencing Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is among the most heinous and under-reported acts committed against another person. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) the statistics surrounding these assaults are horrifying. Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault. Sexual Violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. While we’re making progress- the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even … Continue reading Silencing Sexual Assault

Childhood Cancer: More Than 4

A cancer diagnosis can send anyone reeling with panic. Families are sent into a tailspin, awaiting the prognosis. A significant portion of cancer research focuses on the treatment of adults, yielding amazing results. However, the same advances for children have been stonewalled. The federal governments allots a certain amount of money to cancer research each year.  The National Cancer Institute  is the government’s primary agency … Continue reading Childhood Cancer: More Than 4