On November 4 of this year, we heard our very first Christmas commercial, prompting my youngest and I to freak out a little bit.
I mean, November 4! We're still eating Halloween candy on November 4, we're not ready to even think about Thanksgiving, never mind the crazy end-of-the-year extravaganza the holiday season is nowadays.
So my question is: how are you feeling?
Are you stressed out about the holidays?
If so, you're going to love these next weeks of We Turned Out Okay.
We've got conversations coming up with guests who share practical advice for feeling better right now, and the 3-part Holiday Survival guide to give you the support and solace you need to bring your family through this season with smiles on all your faces.
Today: I share an embarrassing story, because I want you to learn from my greedy mistake that experiences matter lots more than stuff.
It's so easy to forget that at this time of year.
Click weturnedoutokay.com/121 for show notes and key links, and enjoy the show!
There are so many great reasons to help our kids give, no matter their age. Today we dig into not just why but how to help even very young children become "givers."
For many years now, my two boys set aside just a little bit of money each month – an idea given to us by the mom of a friend of theirs. This particular mom also happens to be a midwife, and Max and Jay are helping fund her trip to Haiti, to train midwives and deliver babies, contributing nearly 200 dollars with this little bit of money each month!
There were tears in this mom's eyes when I handed over their donation; that is the power of giving.
But it doesn't just have to be about money. Small kids can contribute in several other ways – listen to this episode for some other ideas to help you help your child become a giver.
Click weturnedoutokay.com/120 for full show notes – including links to tutorials for making no-sew fleece blankets and doggie beds out of old sweatshirts – and key links for this episode!
Today's guests, Annemarie Kelly-Harbaugh and Ken Harbaugh, did some pretty amazing stuff before they became parents. She helped troubled young people in a program that functioned mainly way out in the woods, he was a naval officer who flew reconnaissance missions and responded to disasters here at home and internationally.
They had each encountered their fair share of storms, which helped them prepare for the challenges of parenthood.
Just like all of us, Ken and Annemarie have seen some storms in parenting; what's cool about them is that they don't just ride out the storms – they learn from them.
In fact, they've written a book – Here Be Dragons: A Parent's Guide to Rediscovering Purpose, Adventure, and the Unfathomable Joy of The Journey – and are on the show today sharing some of their best lessons with us.
I'm excited to bring you today's episode this week especially, because Thanksgiving comes up in our conversation.
And so does so much else.
Click weturnedoutokay.com/119 for full show notes and key links, including those to Annemarie and Ken's awesome blog and book!
When Ninja Parenting Community member Melissa shared about the anxiety that her kids can feel in new situations – as well as that she herself experiences this anxiety – I knew this was going to be a great Your Child Explained episode.
Who among us has not felt anxiety in new situations? It's so easy for kids to feed off of our worries.
I hope you learn lots as Melissa opens up about the toughest parts of the family's day, feeling overwhelmed, and lots more that you will totally identify with – I know I did.
Click weturnedoutokay.com/118 for my recommendations and key links!
The gist of this show is, we take care of each other. It's going to be okay.
This morning I woke up to pandemonium, with Canadian loved ones seriously offering their homes… Some of the calmest people that I know terrified and freaking out… My Facebook feed – like yours, I'm sure – filled with tears and panic.
Because half the country was pro--her, and the other half of the country pro-him, we were all going to know some people who hate and fear the results of yesterday's presidential election.
What resonated with me most: parents asking "how do I tell my kids about this?"
Here's how I talked to my boys this morning: I posted a quote to ponder.
In the recent Boston Globe Magazine Women & Power issue, Axcelis Technologies CEO Mary G. Puma was asked how she handles crisis. She responded that a mentor of hers used to say (here comes the quote):
"Never waste a good crisis."
Meaning: how can we move forward?
I wanted this episode to use today's "good crisis" as a catalyst, to help us all bring our kids through tough stuff.
So, I got in here a little earlier than usual in hopes of making you feel better if you are, shall we say, not your usual calm self.
Click weturnedoutokay.com/117 to read about the three ways you can help your kids, and talk to them about this election!
What worries you about technology and your kids?
Is it online predators? Cyber bullying?
The idea that they'll disappear into their little devices and you'll never see them again?
My guest today, Devorah Heitner, is an expert at helping us understand technology and our kids – and ourselves.
Because like it or not, we are raising digital natives; we need to get this right!
Devorah has appeared on the Today show, NPR, the Discovery Education Channel; she's been featured in Time magazine and Real Simple. Most recently, she's written Screenwise, a book about raising kids in this digital age, highly recommended!
Today – election day if you're listening in real time – Devorah is on the show to help us understand both raising kids in our digital world, and how to teach civility in this era of utterly uncivil political/public discourse.
To read more about my conversation with Devorah, view her amazing TED-X talk, and to listen to our conversation, go to weturnedoutokay.com/116!
In the final chapter in our three-part series (click here for Part 1 about good sleep, and here for Part 2 about the antidote to anxiety), The Modern Parent's Guide to Surviving This Election Cycle, I share about how you can become as educated as possible on the candidates…
Because knowledge IS power.
I'll be voting a week from today – I share in this episode about why voting at all is so important to me, having only been able to vote in the last three presidential elections – and I hope you will vote too.
In this series, I'm also working really hard to be completely unbiased… I don't care WHO you vote for.
I just care that you go in with good information and actually vote.
Click weturnedoutokay.com/115 for notes and links to the unbiased websites I worked so hard to find for you (we stay well away from the candidates' own sites, as well as any site that hints at bias); get informed and then please go vote!