A mantra for raising kids and dogs
When my daughters were toddlers and daily tantrums the norm, I would close my eyes and say to myself, “This, too, shall pass.” (I said a lot of other things, also, but they’re not printable.) Of course, the tantrums did pass–only to be replaced by some other habit that drove me back to my mantra. Such as it is with children; they try our nerves, push and prod, all to test the limits of parental love. What they ultimately learn is that there are no limits. A parent’s love is boundless.
I also use this mantra with Galen, because like a toddler, she, too, will take a fancy to doing something that makes me nuts. I was reminded of one such episode when I re-read a story I’d submitted several months ago to Writers and Other Animals, but that is now posted on its blog. Readers of my former blog, she’s a dork, may recognize the story.
Jacki Skole is an award-winning journalist, author and adjunct professor of communication. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she spent a decade as a writer and producer at CNN before turning to teaching. Jacki launched WRITE Now to assist students in writing the college application essays that will chart their future. Read More...