Characteristics of a Healthy Mother 5

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother 5

In honor of Mother's Day, Imagine Hope is blogging about several different characteristics of a healthy Mom. 

5. She is involved in her child's life-- but not too involved.

Sound confusing? I think for most moms and parents, it definitely is! After all, kids don't come with a manual!

Being involved in your child's life is so important-- attending their activities, spending quality one-on-one time, learning about what is happening in your child's life, and truly meeting your child on their level and entering their internal world through play, etc.

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 4

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 4

I think as a society in general, we tend to focus on what we are doing "wrong" as parents. I love what we are doing this week as we focus on what a healthy Mom looks like vs. what we are all doing wrong. Today we are going to focus on discipline. Discipline is about Teaching, not just Punishment When we think of discipline we often think of punishment. But the actual word "disciple" comes from the word "discipline" because it is about teaching.

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 3

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 3

This week we are examining what characteristics make a healthy mother.  Most moms want to do their best to raise happy well- adjusted children.  We are often blamed for the troubles of our children by the media, psychological theories (thanks Freud) and most of all, other mothers.  The best way to inoculate our families from the harmful effects of the universe is attunement.  No I am not talking about barber shop style acapella singing groups (thank goodness), but really connecting with, or being in tune with your child.  Attunement is being aware of, and responding to your child.  This is not an easy task.  Mothers are famous for being pulled in a myriad of different directions, so staying attuned with your child takes planning and effort. Keep your eye on the prize: Attunement

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 2

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 2

Characteristic #2: A Healthy Mother Doesn't Pick Favorites & Knows They Need to Love Their Children Differently

Mother's know each of their children are separate individuals, each with their own separate emotional needs, talents and abilities. While your first-born may have been a very special and unique and separate experience from your third or fourth-born, a healthy mother does not show favoritism toward any of her children.

Characteristics Of A Healthy Mother Part 1

Characteristics Of A Healthy Mother Part 1

Mother's Day is this Sunday! I know this day can be exciting for some as they celebrate motherhood, while for others it can be painful due to loss of a mom, having a strained relationship with a mom, or having difficulty in trying to become a mom. Regardless of your feelings on Mother's Day, we thought it would be helpful to write about traits to help you understand what a healthy mom looks like.

Grief and Loss Part 4

Grief and Loss Part 4

This week we have been walking you through the stages of Grief and Loss. The next stage is very difficult but very important. Denial, anger, and bargaining have all come and gone and you are left with....sadness and depression.  This is the 4th stage in the grieving process and can be the hardest stage to move through.

Grief & Loss Part 1

Grief & Loss Part 1

You can't go through life without experiencing some sort of loss. Loss can come in varying forms, such as loss of a job, a loved one, your relationship, a friend moving away, your kids growing up, and loss of your dreams and expectations, etc. Even though you may experience pain from a loss in a different way from another person, you may go through the same stages of the grieving process.

Accepting and Coping with Emotions Part 3

Accepting and Coping with Emotions Part 3

In life, we all experience emotional hurt, pain, and distress. Sometimes these experiences come unexpectedly and can be very overwhelming.  When people experience these things in their lives, it is natural to want to stop the discomfort and pain.  Unfortunately, it is not always possible to do this, so we are required to draw upon our coping skills, some of which may not be very healthy or successful.  Today, it is my goal to discuss ways you can learn ways to tolerate these unwanted or unpleasant emotions