As a parent, I try hard to make everything positive in my home. I want my children to know that people do not always agree, but there are ways to handle conflict. Yet in the same manner, I want my children to know that all differences do not become conflicts. Continue reading
What if you could see your child’s future? How would it look? What would you want for them? What would you want them to have or accomplish? Continue reading
Jermaine was diagnosed with a speech impairment and ocular motor dysfunction. These impacted his speech and vision; yet throughout the surgeries, challenges in school, and various therapies, Jermaine always remains happy and encouraged. He tells me that God sees him just the way he made him. He sees him in his image. So, Jermaine knows everything will be ok. Through Jermaine’s vision (faith), I learn to see the beauty in everything.
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It was not until I became a mother that I realized, and demonstrated my true character. Yes before then, I showed my responsibility, kindness, understanding, etc. Yet, these take on different meanings when you must be them regardless of your situation, your feelings, your attitudes, and/or your physical attributes. Motherhood has taught and teaches me to first pray, to appreciate, and to smile. I am so privileged and appreciative for my children. They have given me a new outlook on life. I am an author of children’s books. I write about my children and my experiences with them. I have four biological children, but I have had thousands in my career in education and counseling. Each book allows me to share just a moment, and a lesson learned with my reader in hopes he/ she can find a reason to smile.
The ability to look beyond today is the most courageous thing an individual can do. It is the future. As a teenager, future planning was easy. I dreamed something, planned it, and did it. The older I become the more complex that practice became. I had others to consider. I could not just walk away or give up when something did not go my way or I lost interest. I had to have a concrete plan as well as alternatives because I had responsibilities. Yet, the ability to dream never changed and planning sometimes had to be extended. I have learned that courage is taking responsibility and still daring to make dreams reality. So, I challenge you to never stop dreaming and making your dreams come true.
Almost two decades ago, my father encouraged me to change my view of New Year’s resolutions.
He said that typically people set New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year. By the middle of the year, the resolutions were broken, forgotten, or changed; because, they did not have true value or significance to the person. They were done out of tradition or simply something to do. Thus, he challenged me to change my thinking. Dad asked me “What makes a New Year?” “Was it a change of the calendar year?” Was it a change of an event? Or was it an anniversary of something?” He said when it is an important event to me, it will be more meaningful. He said my New Year should be important. It should be my birthday. It signifies a New Year for me. I thought about that and that made sense. Thus from that birthday to now, I have set resolutions (goals) every year on my birthday.
October means a great deal to me.
It is my birthday month as well as victory month. At seventeen, I discovered a lump in my breast. Thus, I had it checked every year. Three years ago, a new one was founded that had active growth and blood flow. As a granddaughter and niece of individuals who lost the fight to breast cancer, I was concerned. Not wanting to take any risk, I had the lump removed and then tested. It was cancer free. Therefore, my goal every year is to improve one area of my health by adding a healthy habit. I added taking vitamins last year and reducing my sodas. This year, I added exercising at least three times a week.
Another reason October is important to me is bully prevention. As a child, I was bullied (teased) due to my size. I was the “fat” girl in elementary school. I hated third and fourth grade. Sometimes when I visit schools now that have the “school cafeteria food” smell, I can feel those stomach aches of those years. Thus as an educator, I promised to actively fight for bully prevention. October is bully prevention month with October 9 as “orange day.” In addition, I am in the progress of completing my dissertation on bully prevention. Therefore, I set a goal to publish articles and research on bully prevention even after I have completed by dissertation.
As my birthday month, I set personal and family goals. For example, I wanted to have more “Mommy, child days.” This is when I spend individual time with each child. The child picks what we do and where we go. Regardless of the age of my children, this is still a special thing.
So, my challenge to you is to change your New Year’s Resolution to a special time or event so it becomes special to you.
Johnathan explains to the reader that we are a blessing to be a blessing. In every part of nature from fish to human beings, we all have special roles to play. We are gifts to each other.
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This Sunday, we were preparing to buy shoes for school. My children and I typically buy shoes at the end of July/beginning of August for two reasons. One, normally the shoes are available at that time and we don’t have to worry about the store being out of their sizes. And two, because typically the price is still reasonable. It appears that stores increase the price by the second of August because they know it’s the start of school and parents must prepare their children to go back to school with new clothes, shoes and supplies.