Posted in Happy Story, Personal

A Happy Story# 5- “Making Magic”

Sharer: Jennie-  A Teacher’s Reflection

Hello Everyone!

I am delighted to share with you today a happy story from one of my favorite bloggers, Jennie. I hope that you will enjoy her story as much as I did!

Thank you Jennie for sharing us a piece of your happiness thru your true to life magical story! 🙂


Each year I host a party for children and their families, and every year it creates magic– not the storybook or pretend magic, but something very real.

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Families gather with their children when school closes and have a pizza party on the playground.  That event alone is incredibly exciting for young children.  This year the weather was warm for New England, approaching 70 degrees.  It was also foggy.  Perfect for what was about to happen!

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We carved pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns.  That took quite a while; plenty of time for families to get to know each other, and plenty of time for each child and family to spend time together, doing something really fun.  Yet, it was far more than fun.

Darkness descended and transformed carving pumpkins into another world of wonder and splendor.  Imagine what it must be like for a child to be at school in the dark.  When we stopped to look at all the Jack-O-Lanterns, everyone felt a great shift to somethingmagical.  This is what I wrote to families:

Tonight was a magical evening.  Pizza dinner at school is pretty cool; yet carving a pumpkin with your family is a memory builder.  We so enjoyed all the activity and excitement with each family.  As the sun was setting, arranging all the jack-o-lanterns on the stone wall was filled with anticipation.  Sitting together in a circle with our jack-o-lanterns and singing songs, as it became dark, was… perfect.  Truly, it was a moment in time, the kind that leaves you with a feeling deep in your chest, yet you cannot find words to explain it.  You just know that it is special.  Often it is the little moments that are the most important and the best of all.  Thank you for being there.

We gathered all together in a big circle.  Jack-O-Lanterns were lit.  Children were snuggled with their families.  We sang the Jack-O-Lantern song, twice.  The excitement of the singing the song in the dark was magical, indeed.

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Yes, it was a moment that leaves you with a feeling deep in your chest, one that is difficult to explain, yet you know is special.  It is magic!

Jennie


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Posted in Inspirational, Positive Thinking

What I learned from Children

I would define CHILDREN as the happiest creatures in the world. Oh, don’t you just envy their enthusiasm and high-spirits!

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In my pondering, I realize that there are really some great things that we can learn from them- the actual simple reasons why they are always happy.

Here we go…

#1: Children love unconditionally.

They don’t have any hidden motives or agenda. They don’t say “I love you IF you are…”, or “I love you WHEN you…”…they just simply love for the mere fact of loving someone.

I remember one time when my daughter, Gaby told me that she loves me. I asked her why and I was astonished with her response: “Because I am happy with you.” My heart just melts with joy every time I remember that.

#2: Children apologize and forgive easily.

Unlike adults, children don’t hold grudges. They get angry and fight, but they make up easily and then forget about what happened– as if it never happened at all. There’s no wonder why most adults are bitter– ’cause we usually fool ourselves by forgiving but not forgetting.

#3: Children live in the present moment.

They don’t worry about tomorrow, nor dwell in the past. They are enjoying living the PRESENT! On the contrary, most adults can’t let go of their past experiences and they are always busy planning about the future and they missed out the opportunities that the present hold.

#4: Children don’t complicate things.

Things are simple for them. There are no “gray areas”. They only know the Right & Wrong. and the Good & Bad– not the “somewhat right” or “wrong only if…”

#5: They laugh their hearts out and they have fun a lot!

#6: They are easily pleased and find joy in simple things.

Just compare the response that you get when you give a candy or ice cream to a child and to an adult. 🙂

#7:  They don’t lie about how they feel.

Children let you know when they are upset or happy. They do not hide their emotions. Now when you ask an adult if there is something wrong, what is the common response? Most often than not, they say “I’m Fine” even if they’re not. So the negative emotions or feelings dwells in their hearts until the time when they would just explode!

#8: Children love being hugged and kissed a lot; and they are generous in giving hugs and kisses!

#9: Children are curious and loves to learn new things.

It boosts their self-esteem when they get to learn something, and this gives them happiness. Unfortunately, most adults have the tendency to become complacent and idle.

#10: Children know what they like and they don’t like.

If you ask a child what he or she wants, you get an answer right away… why is it that when we ask ourselves what we want, it is as if we’re answering a trigonometry equation?

Now, who says only adults can teach? 🙂

(Photo Credits: cliparts.co, parentingwithunderstanding.com)


Date Written: May 26, 2016

Posted in Life & Wellness, Positive Thinking, Relationships

Great Responsibilities of a Father

Given today’s occasion- Father’s Day , I would like to impart with you some things that I have learned earlier today regarding the 3 Great Responsibilities of a Father.

  1. A Father helps develop the Identity of his children.

“A Father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he is meant to be.”Frank A. Clark

It is important to remember that an individual’s Self-Worth is connected to their Identity. That is why it is a very crucial role of a father to help their children develop a positive identity. People with low self-worth are usually insecure and they like to impress others by buying expensive stuffs for themselves . They tie up their identity to material things, or fame or power so that when they lose these things, they get depressed up to the extent of committing suicide

So help your children develop a positive identity by investing time in getting to know them. Know what inspires them. Know their fears. Do not compare them. Your children need to feel secured in their relationship with you. Let them know know who you like them to believe they are. Their behavior will conform to who they are (self-fulfilling prophecy).

 

2. A Father provides Inspiration to his children.

“Words can inspire and words can destroy. Choose yours well.”- Robin Sharma

Children look up to their fathers. It is a big deal for them to get his affirmation. So a father should uplift and encourage his children, not put them down. He must provide an environment at home that would enrich his children’s potential.

If your son makes a painting of the Madonna and Child, and he proudly shows it to you, tell him it looks great even if it looks like a monster! Tendency is, he will keep on painting until he masters the art. Your children will believe in themselves if they know you believe in them.

We are not perfect, sometimes we do things that may hurt them. The good thing is that wound heals, provided you ask forgiveness.

I challenge the fathers this Father’s day to ask their children these 2 questions:

  1. What have I done that may have hurt you? Apologize.
  2. What can I do to be a better dad to you?

 

3. A Father shapes the values of his children.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Our values influence our decision-making. This is why children need to be taught the proper values that we want them to be equipped with in life such as the love, honesty, integrity, service, etc… As a father, you must discuss with your children the values that you like to teach your family. You can even create family traditions that would help reinforce these values. It is also important to walk the talk and model good example to your children.

A father will leave a legacy to his children. Whether it is good or bad depends solely on him. 

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers! 🙂

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Date Written: June 19, 2016