Challenge #16: Reaffirm the Effort

I’ve been reading a lot about how kids are motivated to do well and I’m finding a lot of research (read this post from my mom’s blog) on how when we praise someone for how smart or talented or pretty or wise they are, we’re really hurting their effort.  So, today, I challenge you to reaffirm someone for their effort.  Tell your kid you’re so proud of how hard he worked at picking up his room.  Tell your friend you’ve noticed how purposeful she is as a parent and that you admire that.  Tell your husband you really appreciate how hard he works to provide for your...

Challenge #15: Forgive and (Really) Forget

First of all, I’ve been a bone fide slacker this week.  I have no excuse.  I just didn’t get around to blogging. But, that said, today’s challenge is a toughy.  I want you to forgive someone– for something big or small– and to tell them that you did it.  I’m actually having one of those do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do crises of the heart right now as I write this because I’m kinda irritated at my husband for having to work late (again) tonight.  And, even though I know it’s technically not his fault, it’s still made me mad last night.  So, I probably need to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but I also probably need to forgive his imaginary offense in my mind.  Sheesh.  Relationships are tough. Anyway, you know the drill… once you’ve done it, leave a comment and let me know and you’ll be entered to win the...

Guest Post: 3 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child While At the Doctor

As promised, my friend Jordyn Redwood, ER nurse and writer extraordinaire is going to be posting common medical Q & A’s on my blog twice every month. I’m superexcited about this and think it will not only be a ton of fun but it will also be really informative. So, a huge thank you to Jordyn! And, if you want to know more about her, Jordyn is not only a novelist with a book coming out from Kregel in a few months, but she’s also a blogger who writes a superfun blog called “Redwood’s Medical Edge” where she discusses now novelists approach medical issues in their books. Check it out here. Three Phrases Not To Say To Your Child …while in the ER. That was supposed to be the whole title but I thought I’d run out of room. Dealing with children in the ER can be challenging. Unfortunately, parents can make it more challenging by some of the things they say. Truth comes first. Even in pediatrics, we do not lie to children. If we don’t have the child’s trust, we’re not going to get very far. Parents can actually breech the trust we are trying to build with our patients by saying the following things. You’re not going to get a shot. This is making a promise you may not be able to keep. Unless you know specifically what the proposed treatment plan is, I wouldn’t say anything about whether or not the child may get a stick. We may want to check a blood sugar, or some lab work for the presenting complaint. If you’ve told...

Challenge #14: Get a Gift

It’s gift day!  Today, I want you to buy a gift for someone that you love.  Nothing expensive or fancy, but just something small to show them you care.   Drop a latte off for your husband at work. Buy your kid a trinket in line at the grocery store when they ask instead of saying no.  Pick up a chocolate bar for your mom.  Download an eBook for a friend. Tell me what you did and you’ll be entered to win CHOCOLATE! I’ll be drawing winners for Maama cards shortly… stay...
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