Writer, Blogger, Mom
Remember the days of binging books instead of watching reruns of Splash and Bubbles on Netflix? It all changes when you have a kid. Not that I would change it for anything, but I do sometimes miss the ability to blaze through books in a weekend. I decided that it was part of me that I wanted back as a person – and as a mom teaching my kids to love books. But, how do you fit it in between working, cleaning, child-rearing, pet-wrangling?
I don’t want Christmas to be filled with things she will forget or financial worries that make me feel inadequate as a parent. I want our stories of years past to be filled with memories. So I started thinking, and I realized something. Your kids won't remember what was in the box, so it's time to stop stressing over it.
When my anxiety ninja attacked, I wondered how it would affect how I raised my kids. I was afraid that it would make me less than they deserved. After years of doubt, I realized that much like every other event in life, struggles with your mental health can have both positive and negative effects. As surprised as I was, I learned one important lesson: My anxiety has made me a better parent, and my kids are better for it.
The thing about anxiety is it can come on when you least expect it. That’s what it did with me. Or did it? It’s like a stealthy ninja fighting with tools like panic attacks and self doubt instead of weapons or fancy moves. Often, symptoms fly out of nowhere giving you no option but to retreat — until you seek treatment. Then you start fighting back.
History isn't just a list of dates or highlighted places on a map. History is the collective experiences of individuals, and the most relatable form of history is genealogy, otherwise known as family history. Family history can give ideas to a struggling writer, strengthen research skills, and spark an interest in local and state history where one didn't previously exist. It is delight-directed learning to the fullest.
Our children live in a world of GPS navigation and instant access to maps on computers and cell phones. Traditional mapping skills may not be part of their daily lives as it was when we were in school. Don't let them lose the understanding of geography that past generations held simply because the technology is available! Instead, look to find ways to introduce maps and atlases to our children. By using our own genealogical research, we can show our children that reading a map isn't a lost skill. In fact, it can be both interesting and fun!