It feels appropriate to create my first blog post on International Women’s Day 2012. I ended up spending the day primarily with women who are out there in our community hoping to make a difference – I share that hope with them.
My day started working with pregnant teens at Bethesda Centre, my 4 year old son in tow, to help me explain how to “get our mad out” so we do not take it out on our tantruming children. Earlier my son had looked at me and said, “Okay Mom, I understand that babies come out of the Mommies (serious pause)… BUT… how do they get in there in the first place?” After much sighing and looking at the ground, I think I satisfied him for now. That question ranks up there among the toughest I’ve ever had to answer!
This day of celebrating women came to a close with watching Theresa Carriere leap around a gym at Oakridge High School to launch her initiative called Kidstrong. Wow, that woman has energy! (www.kidstrong.ca)
I had been feeling very sad about how our children as a whole were telling us through sideways communication, which is often mislabelled as bad behaviour, that they were feeling alone and not understood. My feeling about this is changing. I am meeting parents who want to better connect with their children, teachers who really care, and people like Theresa Carriere who are jumping around in front of us to remind us how fun it can be to be active… and how helping a kid to be “kid-strong” needs to happen from the inside out.
The intention for this blog is as an invitation to join my journey. This year has many special events planned including the printing and launch of my rewritten fictional novel called stripped down running. There are also many exciting questions: Will my novel be picked up by a publisher? When is the New York novel launch date? What will the plotline be for book two? Will I survive my four year old’s cavity filling next Monday?
I appreciate your time and connection with me and hope you leave a comment before you go.
With warm regards, Andrea Nair