I am very lucky because I am blessed with an affectionate boy. He likes kissing and hugging me. He surprises me with flowers. He always protects me from my number one enemy, his dad. He shows me his love both through his actions and his words.
As parents, we are always a work on progress. We have good days. We have bad days. Thank God, we have someone who always reminds us when we are not able to walk the talk.
This happened one evening. I came home very tired from work. I wanted to rest but there were homework and quizzes that we need to work on. I was complaining because Aki was not cooperating. Continue reading
Aki responds well when we introduce him to mantras. We call them family mottos. Last year, when we wanted to tame down his competitiveness and improve his sportsmanship. Our family motto was
“Sometimes, you win. Sometimes, you learn. What is important is doing your best.”
This year, we want him to be more positive. I noticed that he was whining more often and gave himself negative labels. In college, I learned about self-fulfilling prophesies. If you think you are terrible at something, that will eventually happen. Why? Because you have convinced yourself of your capabilities, you will not try and overcome challenges. Challenges that will make you better eventually. Now, think of the reversed mindset. If you know deep inside that you are limitless, what do you think will happen?
This is the latest addition to our list of family motto:
“Your words have power.” Continue reading
There are times when Aki blurts out something and I am reminded that wisdom can come from a 500 year old book or from a 5 year old’s mouth. Something like this happened last summer.