Raising Dragons

There are moments when I am proud to be a nanny, and listening to this spoken word poetry right now is one of them. I am so proud to be able to work with future women. To raise a little girl to know that she is more than a princess in a whale bone corset, she will know she can buy a pen a write a story. She can be a dragon, setting the world on fire where she steps and bringing awe to those around her as she glistens in the sunlight. So, I am with you Tai, give me all the girls…

I hope you were struck by these lines… they brought tears to my eyes. I hope every little girl who I am blessed to have in my life hears this message from me in some form.

“You are so much mythical magic you bust the seams off any princess dress. So my girl, enter this world on wings, screaming crimson and gold. Blazing and bright as sunrise. Break the dawn like an eggshell. You are welcome in these arms, and I hope the world is ready for you.” Tai Weinman

A Rainy Day in Brooklyn…

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I love the days when it rains. When there is no reason to leave the house. When the downpour hits the window to create an ambiance in the house. There’s a magical essence to the days when the rain falls. The glittering droplets wash the world, and the sounds still the soul. While the sun brings energy in life, the rain brings a peace to life. It reminds me that while growth takes exercise, work, an effort some pieces of growing require a slower approach. Some growth asks for sleep, for rest, for reading.

There’s a certain amount of creation associated with the rain. As a nanny it’s easy to figure out what to do on sunny days. Bubbles outside, running in the park, walking along the streets for some fresh air. When it rains we have to think a little harder. We build forts, we draw, we create. We read aloud from books with no pictures so little minds can create what they hear and see. We fight dragons from under the bed and climb Kilimanjaro in the kitchen. Rainy days create an environment for imagination.

So smile on this rainy day. Embrace the opportunity. Create your own sunshine today…

To teach my littles…

I was recently reading an article about what a mother would teach her daughter. So, it got me thinking… What are the top 50 things that I want to teach the children in my life?

  1. Laughter is the best medicine
  2. But that doesn’t mean tears don’t heal too
  3. Being right is good, being kind is necessary
  4. Find beauty in the everyday things
  5. Quirks are imperfections…
  6. …Imperfections are what make you who you are…
  7. …Who you are is beautiful!
  8. Honesty really is the best policy, and it means you have less lies to remember
  9. Compassion is never weakness, it is strength
  10. Chocolate will not fix all your problems, but it’s not your enemy
  11. Food is not just to keep you alive, it is okay to enjoy it!
  12. Don’t bite your nails, or pick your lip, or eat your hair. It’s just not going to help.
  13. Find how you love to exercise, and do it!
  14. Drink tea, lots of it!
  15. Have faith… don’t be afraid to believe.
  16. There are such thing as absolutes.
  17. Remember to apologize
  18. Admit when you are wrong
  19. Smile! Smile so much you confuse people.
  20. Love with all your heart
  21. Encourage others as much as you can
  22. Learn to cook
  23. Sewing does get easier with practice
  24. Know how to do your own laundry
  25. Volunteer for things
  26. Help others
  27. Save your money
  28. Buy quality over quantity
  29. Learn new words, as often as possible!
  30. Never be afraid to be intelligent
  31. Listen to others… REALLY listen.
  32. Read. Read as much as you can!
  33. Smell the flowers
  34. Stick you feet in the ocean when you have the chance
  35. Learn about the world
  36. Learn about the world by traveling it as much as you can
  37. Just because you were raised in one culture does not make that culture the best
  38. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, it is inside everywhere. Look for it.
  39. Take care of the things you cannot replace
  40. The most expensive outfit you will wear is your graduation cap and gown, and it’s worth it.
  41. Express yourself! Write, paint, draw, CREATE!
  42. Being yourself is the best choice
  43. Have integrity
  44. And loyalty
  45. Take pictures, but live the moment too.
  46. Fair does not mean just, and just is the better option
  47. Find what you love to do, find how to do it
  48. Read fairy tales. Never stop reading them…
  49. Take time to gaze at the stars
  50. Use your imagination