My middle child (perhaps not by coincidence) is my sensitive one. She’s my child who I have to check in with – emotionally – daily to make sure she is doing alright. I can’t say that I blame her – having to deal with a rambunctious little brother and a tyrant (ahem, I mean tween) for an older sister is enough to make anyone lose their marbles. One of the things that really bums her out is when a really fun experience comes to an end. Whether it’s a vacation or a party or a special visitor leaving the house, I’ve learned to look out for her lip tremble and quiet exit to her room – it’s my clue that she’s trying to process the sad feelings that wash over her when the fun stops.
I’ve taken to saying the following – that I made up just for her: “Don’t be sad that the experience is over – be happy that you got to experience it in the first place.” It doesn’t always work, of course, but my hope is to shift her perspective to not dwell on the sadness, but to relish in the memories of the happiness.
It’s easier said than done, sure, and a lesson for adults and children alike. But if you’ve got a Mama whose blog name is “Life IS the Party” then you’ve got to expect an optimistic outlook on the day-to-day!
I’m hoping that this little note of encouragement will stick with her and eventually help her to see the glass as half-full, and make an impact on her perspective. Speaking of making an impact, I’d love to hear what quotes or advice you give your children to improve their worlds. Leave me a comment on this post and you’ll have some pretty amazing karma headed your way! Want to know why? You’ll be a part of the month-long Blogust movement birthed by the UN’s Shot@Life campaign.
Blogust is a month-long digital dialogue, bringing more than 45 of the most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions together to help change the world through their words and imagery. Make an impact. Join the conversation. Each day we will bring you an inspirational quote. Every time you comment on, like or share the Blogust posts, Project Perpetual will help provide a vaccine for children around the world who need them most.
I had the honor of participating in the inaugural Blogust in 2012 and played a role in providing 10,000 children with vaccines to prevent diarrhea, pneumonia, polio and measles. How you ask? By being part of an amazing team of bloggers that generated 10,000 comments!
The Shot@Life team has hosted Blogust each year since and this year you have the chance to make a difference once again. Every comment, share or like of the Blogust posts = one vaccine for a child in need. Over 37,701 vaccines have been donated via Blogust ’15 – and the month has only just begun!
Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributors’ posts, or take action using the social media by liking, commenting or sharing my Instagram and Facebook posts, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).
And when August is over, don’t be sad. Remember to be happy that we had the opportunity to experience Blogust together and to make an impact on so many lives.