Author: Kat

Thoughts on Education

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be. ” -Rita Pierson

I could end this post right here with that quote. Rita Pierson’s quote completely defines my thoughts on education. But, it seems like a little more is required and my eyes aren’t up to me jumping up on my soap box and letting it all out so here are a few more favorite quotes on education:

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ” -Nelson Mandela
  • “You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” -Abraham Maslow
  • “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead
  • “Play is the highest form of research. ” -Albert Einstein
  • “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

And if you are not familiar with Rita Pierson’s TED Talk, you can see it here-

Have a great day!

-Kat

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Looking Forward

My writing was briefly interrupted by a second eye procedure and I find myself behind on my self-inflicted challenge.

Don’t cry because it’s overSmile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss

Looking back five years, I couldn’t have guessed that I would be where I am right now. Having experienced so much over those years that was unexpected makes me realize that I have no way of knowing where I’ll be in five years looking forward.

Yesterday was Father’s Day. I have come to find that these parent celebration days seem to cause many people sadness, anxiety, anger and depression. In my life alone, I know someone who jumps into the day with both feet weighted down and sinks to the lowest of lows grieving for a father who has been gone for twenty years as if he just passed twenty minutes ago. This day brings her an extreme level of suffering and pain.

There is an acquaintance whose father passed a few months ago after a lingering painful illness. It’was her first Father’s Day without her dad and I know she is sad. She made the best of it, tried to deal with her sadness but still experienced some shock that he was actually gone.

Someone very dear to me lost her father without warning recently and she’s still in shock, not fully realizing that he is truly gone. I’m sure the day was not fun for her and knowing her as well as I do, I know she persevered because she’s a fighter.

Another person does a duty drop in with the dad in their life, anxious to begin their “real” plans. They love their dad and I’m unclear on this unwillingness to actually spend more than a cursory half hour with him on a day that’s meant to celebrate him.

There’s the angry guy who has harbored years of bitter feelings over unclear perceived slights. His father has never intentionally set out to hurt or alienate his child and is heartbroken over the loss of any contact with him. There are so many adult children holding grudges and I often wonder about these crimes they suffered by the hands of their fathers. I’m going to say that sometimes people are not nice and they do bad things to their kids. But then there are those dads who are just doing the best they can and maybe they screwed up and don’t know how to fix it. Sometimes things get blown out of proportion and it’s just plain sad that a parent/child relationship is destroyed.

And there are the dads who would give anything to hear from their kids- any day, not just this one day. Maybe they did screw up. Maybe it was really bad. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it was the kid who messed up. But at the end of the day, does it really matter?

Don’t get me wrong. There are broken relationships that might be better off broken- for everyone’s sake. I’m not talking about those.

There are the dozens upon dozens who made the required phone calls, sent the card, dropped off a gift, made the flowery social media posts….. some of these actions were heartfelt. Some were made of a sense of obligation. All had to do in some part with the fact that we are told that this is our dad’s day.

But it’s just a day. It’s what you make of it. If you really want to wallow in the depths of despair, go for it. If you want to put your dad on a throne and worship him, awesome. My thoughts on it are- it’s just a day. You don’t love your dad any more or less just because some card company told you to do on that specific day. And if you are a parent and you’re anything like me, you would like your child to acknowledge you not because they were told to but because they genuinely want to.

I spent yesterday with my husband, grandsons, one of our children and my parents. I missed the kids that weren’t there. We cut my dad a little slack when it came to his bad jokes since, after all, it was his day. We gave him that. But really? My dad is not young. He will not be here forever.

So, where do I see myself in five years? I hope that my dad is still here, cracking corny jokes and sharing the same memories as he has my entire life, singing song lyrics when they fit the situation. I don’t know what I’ll be doing or where I will be but I do know that this day- that is just a day- is about celebrating DAD and that’s what I plan on doing whether he’s here or not.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” 

-Dr. Seuss

-Kat

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3 Healthy Habits

Adopting a healthier lifestyle has become more important in recent years. What should have always been a top priority was often pushed aside because I was too busy trying to raise my kids to have healthy habits. While I have many good practices in place, these three are the ones I can’t do without.

  1.  I drink water. Lots of water. My children have grown tired of me telling them to drink water in response to 90% of their ailments. I think it’s sticking. I have noticed that Andy often has a water bottle nearby when he’s on stage. And if the number of half filled cups left sitting around the house are any indication, the message must be getting through!
  2. We like to take walks. Whether it’s me and Ari or me and Beej or me, Ari, CJ and Beej, we like to walk. There’s never a shortage of new discoveries with a dog or three year old along for the walk.
  3. Practicing good mental health is important. I’ve noticed major improvement in how I feel since I’ve included more mindfulness in my daily life. I spent too many years freaking out about things that didn’t matter and I’m much happier now.

Image Credits:

Benefits of Drinking Water- Healthlineblog.com

15 Minutes of Walking a Day Can Change Your Body- DailyHealthPost.com

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently- Mindful.org

What are some of your must-do healthy habits?

-Kat

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What’s Inside Your Fridge?

Determined to stick with this challenge, some days are more of a challenge than others. And then there’s today when I think, ‘No one cares what’s in my fridge.’ I headed to Beej’s kitchen to see what he had going on in there and I was not disappointed. Although three year old Beej does not have a fridge, we never know what we will find in his microwave.

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This is what Beej is cooking!

Have a great day!

-Kat

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