Kids on various screens is a reality in our world. There is no going back. They do school online, read online, connect with friends online, play games online, chat with family online... you get the picture. In this Covid-19 Pandemic technology has saved us, and is sinking us at the same time. The quote below… Continue reading Digital Landscape
They say that weight can creep up on you. Little by little it's added and if it happens slowly enough you don't realize it until you collapse... unable to carry on. When we talk about physical weight we think that can't happen because there are indicators. The clothes that are too tight, the space that… Continue reading Weight
I took for granted so many things a year ago. There was a level of normal that I didn't even recognize! Last year at this time we were planning birthday parties for our foster children and talking about court dates and PGO and summer plans with no idea what was coming! As we approach the… Continue reading Life in 3D
If someone was to walk into your life today and take a snapshot what would it reveal? Our photo albums (or phones) are filled with snapshots... we tend to keep the good ones. We like to record the moments of our lives that make us smile. But what if you had no say on what… Continue reading Snapshot
Choices... we all make them. Every day. Some choices are simple and whatever you choose will probably be fine. Whether I wear the grey socks or the green socks today isn't likely to change anything about my day, but it's still a choice I have to make. Cereal or toast for breakfast? Wear a sweater… Continue reading Choices
Teaching kids the responsibilities of life is a tough job. You'd think the basics would be simple... be nice, look after your stuff, do what you're supposed to do... I can't even get past those without thinking of the challenges. I mentioned in a previous post the quick Social Media check that revealed there was… Continue reading When is it good enough?
Have you ever been absolutely sure of something only to find out you were wrong? Have you had a sense that you knew something was right...or going to happen... and then it isn't, or didn't! What do you do with that disorienting state? There is a lot of information out there for us to process.… Continue reading When things don’t go like we hope
Reflecting on one more blog post from 2020. Many people started 2020 talking about clear vision. What do you need clarity in? I touched on it in this blog post... https://othermother.blog/2020/01/10/2020-clarity/ So what became clearer for you in 2020? We all started the year with a certain level of optimism and hope for what could… Continue reading Hindsight for 2020
Merry Christmas to all! I hope your day is filled with much to be thankful for and the knowledge that you are loved! It has been fun to celebrate with two very excited Foster Children who know what to expect this year! They were talking about nothing but stockings and opening presents for the last… Continue reading Merry Christmas!
The latest restrictions because of the Covid-19 Pandemic have me thinking about why we do the things we do. Are you the kind of person who adheres to the Letter of the Law? Or are you the person who looks for the Loopholes? I think it says a lot about how you see your world.… Continue reading Loophole or Letter of the Law
More restrictions. No way to get over this other than to go through it. You can look for the loop holes... or you can stop whining and complaining and look for ways to make this an amazing Christmas. Be creative. Be Positive. Inspire hope. Spread peace. Act in love. Let there be joy! There are… Continue reading Covid Can’t Stop Christmas
This week I have been surprised by hope! Let me back up and tell you the story. Our Foster Son was on the receiving end of some consequences this week. Our decision was to take away all screen time for 5 days. For a teen this is the equivalent of ripping out an eye on… Continue reading Hope in unexpected places
Can you think of another commonly seen statement that is overwhelmingly untrue! The idea that one size will work for everyone is a great theory... but it just isn't true! Not even in hats! I have seen it amended to read One Size Fits Most... but even that is problematic. Our Foster Son completed a… Continue reading One Size Fits All
Love is an action word. It isn't a fluttery feeling in your stomach although it can cause that. It isn't flowers and chocolates although those things can be an expression of love. It isn't romance although we all see love in the midst of romance. This past weekend my son got married. A wedding is… Continue reading Love
As we approach Halloween I see more and more decorations out that celebrate the macabre. A house down the street from us has skeletons climbing over the house, and it's lit up at night with eerie purple lights. I smiled when I saw it... thought, "Cute." Cute? Really? How did symbols of death and mortality… Continue reading Fear