…One thing I noticed about the teens who spoke so openly in Not Alone was that they had been tuning into the wrong things for their sense of self. Things that, in the end, sent them spiraling downwards – the expectations of their parents & teachers, trying to fit in with their peers, careless comments & dishonestly perfect images on social media feeds…It seemed that, if they had had a greater sense of themselves, they may have had more perspective instead of getting sucked into the black hole of comparison. It was in trying to “keep up” in some way that most of them had found themselves spiraling downwards.
When Jake was 4 years old, he enjoyed looking at bargain shops, especially perusing the toy aisles and all their strangely fascinating plastic junk. Inevitably, each time we went into a bargain shop, he would want me to buy something for him. I never did. He had enough toys. Also, I wanted to teach him […]
An excerpt from my journal this week – I’m thinking about how I can feel lighter in the world. My first thought is to eliminate sources of stress. That seems logical. But the thing is, many of those things are also the sources of joy, growth and contribution in my life. Life would be a […]
As I celebrated Jake’s birthday with him, I marveled at him – how he has changed so dramatically from a dependent newborn to the capable, unique boy that he is now. But, at the same time, a sense of panic crept in – What if I haven’t made the most of that 7 year window all the developmental experts talk about?