If you're not on some level feeling at least slightly - depressed for humanity, down, anxious, overwhelmed, confused and uninspired - well, that's great news.
And yet, for the rest of us - especially our most sensitive types - it's a hard time.
For us white people, we have to remember: it's a hard time because we care about justice. And that it is a privilege not to care, and a privilege to not act on what is simply right.
There is a lot of collective grief right now.
Grief is a natural response to trauma and loss.
This past week brought more collective grief with the wildfires and the loss of Justice Ginsburg.
But, there's also a lot of noise with the internet and social media.
While the information era connects us all and helps spread positive and social justice content, the internet also spreads questionable news, blatant misinformation elevates white supremacy - and is designed to be sensational.
Please remember: the movement for racial justice and equity is a hundreds year long movement, and this is the civil rights movement of our lifetime.
This is NOT the time to let the noise keep you distracted.
This is the time to continue supporting racial justice and equity.
Support with your voice, action, vote and your money.
Click the links below to support the work of:
* Parenting Decolonized
* NAACP : 111th Annual National Convention continues this week.
* Don't Shoot Portland
This is the collective evolution of the human race RIGHT NOW through the civil rights movement of our lifetimes. Get involved. Support. Stay active.
Stay Connection Focused
In your family, the evolution comes through Connection.
Connection is the name of the game, and the foundation for your happy home.
Positive Discipline is based on the idea that: Connection = Cooperation. My mentor in Positive Discipline said, "attention is a poor substitute for connection."
Connection and positive relationship with you is a basic need for your children - like food, water and shelter.
Connection with you is how your children grow their brains. There is a reason that babies are born with their brains at 10% capacity: its our children's experiences with us that grow their brains.
Negative, attention-seeking behavior is really just a calling from your children to meet their connection needs.
If like me, you've had times of high stress when you weren't able to offer optimal connection with your child - you can always restore positive connection.
But, maintaining and restoring positive connection with your kids does take access to tools and support, and active practice.
If you want to learn more about the power of Connection, please do join us for the Happy Home Challenge week beginning October 4th.
Because a happy home is your birthright - especially during these stressful times.
Hi friends, I write from the heart to tell my life story, and the story of those in my neighborhood called life. Research shows that our children's emotional & mental health is contingent upon us parents being able to tell our life story, or "coherent narrative." This is my coherent narrative, my life story in the making, with some of what I love in life too. My goal is to share my life in a way that is real, uplifting & positive- sometimes serious, sometimes fun. In my practice, I inspire parents to empowerment through reclaiming our life stories and learning respectful discipline. My work is my offering to our children- our future. Wishing you all a happy family!