Always appreciate the little things,
because in the end you realize they were the big things.
I love this quote. I have spent so much of my time as a mother being present in body, but having my mind off somewhere else... planning dinner, going over the "to do" list, fretting about the future. What I am working on now is living in the moment more, treasuring the “being” a little more and the “getting it done” a little less. One of my favorite "little things" was when my 5-year old son used to slip his hand into mine as we walked. I loved the feel of his little hand in mine, holding on for security and comfort. Now I realize that what older parents used to say to me is true:
"The days last forever, but the years fly by."
One of my favorite sorts of work is helping moms and dads find their sanity and sense of humor while raising children. I get it that parenting can be taxing and stressful beyond what we ever expected when we dreamed of becoming parents. I work with parents of young children all the way through to parents of adult children who still want to have good relationships that last a lifetime. My heart sings when I get to help a parent yell less, stress less, nurture more and laugh more. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, a single, working mom in school and a happily remarried mom of three and stepmom of three. I’ve learned some things along the way and it would be my joy to share some of them with you in hopes that it might help you parent with the love and grace that I believe we all can have.
This is not just a job to me. This is your life and I would be honored to help you with your parenting challenges and building a relationship to last a lifetime with your beloved children.
Kerry gives parents tools to fill their toolbox so that they are sane, happy, present parents who enjoy many moments with their children.Jane Cleveland, Psy.D.