Parents working from home. It’s okay. Cut yourself some slack.

Take a minute and give yourself a pat on the back… yep, you in the comfy clothes.  You who has decided that showering can be more optional these days.  You who is trying to figure out groceries, school work, cleaning, and making sense of the chaos You’re doing fine schooling your children and working. I coach a lot of working parents who are currently trying to juggle it all… and struggling with their inability to do everything.  Here’s a little hint.  YOU CAN’T DO EVERYTHING!  And even more importantly, STOP TRYING TO BE PERFECT! Imagine a top-notch teacher with a masters degree and years of experience taking over your job with no notice, some information, no time in which to…

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Taking life one day at a time Seven Things to Think about Change and Challenges

“Ain’t you thinkin’ what it gonna be like when we get there?  Ain’t you scared it won’t be nice like we thought?” “No,” she said quickly.  “No, I ain’t.  You can’t do that.  I can’t do that.  It’s too much – livin’ too many lives.  Up ahead they’s a thousan’ lives we might live, but when it comes, it’ll be on’y one.” John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath There are a thousand different lives ahead of us, and we never know which path will be ours.  We turn the corner and – Surprise! – it’s something great, or a complete blindside.  We just don’t know, and worrying about the future takes the joy out of today! That doesn’t mean that…

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Taking life one day at a time Seven Things to Think about Change and Challenges

“Ain’t you thinkin’ what it gonna be like when we get there?  Ain’t you scared it won’t be nice like we thought?” “No,” she said quickly.  “No, I ain’t.  You can’t do that.  I can’t do that.  It’s too much – livin’ too many lives.  Up ahead they’s a thousan’ lives we might live, but when it comes, it’ll be on’y one.” John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath   There are a thousand different lives ahead of us, and we never know which path will be ours.  We turn the corner and – Surprise! – it’s something great, or a complete blindside.  We just don’t know, and worrying about the future takes the joy out of today! That doesn’t mean…

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Being happier by being sad or mad

If we want to BE HAPPY, we have to feel pain. You’re probably thinking, “WHAT?  But pain isn’t happy or fun.  Pain, quite frankly, is painful.  And we need to avoid it all costs if we want to be happy, right?” Nope. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. So how does that play out right now? Let’s be honest.  COVID-19 is making life pretty hard for all of us – and talking about living in happiness seems completely inappropriate. Loss, sadness, and fear seem to be all around us.  New routines and responsibilities are compounded by greater restrictions.  Our homes are getting smaller by the minute. So how can we be happy? It’s simple – by giving ourselves permission to be…

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