Everyone is Talking
About Prince, and we’re not talking about the one in London.
Why do I care?
You might not, but if you grew up with his music like we did, you know what his stylist Michaela Angela Davis said is true, “Every song was either a prayer or foreplay.”
Tell me more.
Prince, was found yesterday dead inside his home, at the rather young age of 57. It is rumored that a drug overdose played a role in his death. The iconic singer known for hits like Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, had also been reportedly battling the flu for quite sometime. The rumor mill is quite a machine when it comes to celebrities, so time will have to do it’s thing before we know for certain. What we do know is Prince was a master musician and an artist who shaped the landscape of music like no other. His presence will be missed dearly.
That’s What She Said
What if you realized you were raising a bully? This mom had the guts to call her kid out and we think her way of handling it was pretty interesting. She didn’t choose shaming or the usual discipline strategies that you might expect. She simply asked (ok fine, forced) her child to get to know the other child better by asking her to find out three new things each day about her. And, it worked. The girls ended up being friends for years, and remain so to this day. This mom believes firmly that the ‘kids will be kids’ stance on such behaviors simply isn’t true and parents must be involved in helping our kids navigate these issues. Something to ponder for sure.
Why Didn’t We Think of That?
Earlier this week, we shared with you how we’re all doing laundry wrong. What further confirms this fact is a mom sharing her genius hack for getting clothes hung up in mere minutes. Let’s just say we plan to own the laundry next week. Who’s with us?
Put Your Best Foot Forward
We know you’ve heard it before, that you need to care for yourself while also taking care of your kids. But, it’s something that bears repeating with a little scientific backing. We came across a study that shows negative outcomes for parents who do not balance their empathetic actions when dealing with the stress that their children come home with each day. While it’s true that empathetic parents raise empathetic, emotionally well-equipped children, parents who do not balance that with re-fueling their own physical and emotional tank will be left depleted physically and emotionally. So what is a parent do?
- Ensure you are getting enough rest.
- Allow your partner to tag team the support for your children.
- Activate your local ‘village’ for support by having regular coffee or wine dates to enjoy some down time.
- Have date nights with your partner to reconnect and get on the same page.
- Exercise, eat a healthy diet and drink enough water DAILY. A hangry parent is an unhappy parent.
- Ask for help when you need it. If you can’t hire, then trade favors with other parents.
We’re pretty sure the above isn’t news to you, but again, it bears repeating and telling you that it’s OK to care for yourself. Got it? Good.
If you want to do something super fun with your kids this weekend, check out this Rainbow Glitter Slime. Your kids will love it.
“Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.” – Prince, Rolling Stone 2004
**Thanks to Brene Brown for sharing this quote first on her Facebook page.
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