Parenting, spirituality, and competitive athletes

The last thing I ever thought I would be, as I meditated and yoga-ed my way through pregnancy, was a competitive athlete’s mom. But part of being a conscious, aware, attached, and spiritual parent is listening to the soul's yearnings of your child - and my daughter, and her soul, proclaimed loud and clear: "I want to be a figure skater." Before she ever thought I would strap a pair of blades to her feet she was "skating" across the bare floors of our home in makeshift skates of socks, empty tissue boxes, and anything else that would slide; whether I thought it was safe or not! 

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SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PAINT. . . TO SURVIVE

Maintaining a positive attitude is my goal each day when I awake. I generally do a pretty good job of living well despite my chronic diseases; but I am a fallible human being with emotions and physical sensations. I experience stress, sadness, anger, and helplessness just like you. I have a wonderful support system and many coping strategies at my disposal, so I can usually get through any situation. Recently, though, I took the step of finally applying for Social Security Disability and boy has it knocked the wind out of me.

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HEALTHY ATTITUDE MAINTAINING A HEALTHY ATTITUDE WHEN PHYSICAL HEALTH FAILS YOU

How many times have you found that you were viewing yourself as, predominantly, a person with a disease? Have you ever forgotten that you are a multi-faceted human being with talents, interests, desires, and abilities? How can we prevent ourselves from losing our identities when it seems our lives revolve around doctor appointments, pharmacy trips, limitations, breaks, fatigue, pain, helplessness, and relying on others for assistance?

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REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE: PUPPET SHOW

We have done a "great" job of teaching our daughter about the three R's of caring for the environment. She has become especially attached to the REUSE portion of the cycle. As a consequence, she won't throw anything away. Scraps of felt, paper towel rolls, construction paper, boxes from greetings cards, plastic packaging from toys…I guess I should be happy, but my house might be featured someday on an episode of Hoarders. Look for me; I'll be lost in the pile of felt clippings. Fortunately, we have begun putting these treasures to use. 

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"ME AND MY SHADOW" ACTIVITY

When I was young, my dad used to take me to the office with him on the weekend. It was my, special, alone time with him, where I only shared his attention with his job rather than my two sibs, my mom's honey-do list, and all of the activities of home. I clearly remember listening to him sing the song "Me and My Shadow" as I followed closely behind him through the office! For some reason it always made me feel special that he sang that song for me, even if it was because I wouldn't let him leave my side while I "shadowed" him at work. 

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