Words have power. In many ways, I believe words have the ability to change the world; I know they have certainly changed me.
Even as an adult, I have found that many children’s books offer gentle, hope-filled reminders that I need in my own life.
Regardless of the election outcome, the next few days, weeks, and years, will hold many opportunities for people to continue to work hard to find compromise together, even in politics.
I’ve learned that part of parenting is learning to not take offense at every candid verbalization. Furthermore, I’ve learned that applying this skill in other situations, e.g. processing expressions or reactions shared by adults, is also helpful.
Disagreements are a part of life. Even when we feel like we essentially share everything in common with someone, we ultimately still disagree on something. Sometimes, disagreements turn into frustration over the conflict, disgust with the opposing viewpoint, or apathy and avoidance if the difference feels insurmountable. Sometimes, disagreements provide an opportunity to listen, communicate, …