Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think is a feat that is unmatched. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
If it were easy, fathers would do it. These are the things my mom taught me. She was the love of my life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That's more important. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. They have clung to me all my life. Everything else just disappears.
It is the glorious life force. It's huge and scary - it's an act of infinite optimism. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength. That is their tragedy.
No man does. That's his. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. The original meal has never been found. As you get older, you realize everything she said was true. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend. And you know what?
They were all I needed. She's my first love. She has been through a lot and is a sole survivor. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing. I attribute all my success in my life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her. Then I want to move in with them. I cannot do this alone. I need my Mommy, and dammit, I don't care who knows it. Tastes just like the classic version we know and love but with zero sugar and features organic California-grown tomatoes! Is there anything better than a delicious summer salad drenched in ranch?
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Jeremiah has been in France with his mom during the tournament, and judging by her Instagram, he was her biggest fan.
After the big win, McDonald posted a picture of her little boy sprinkling her with confetti on the pitch, along with this caption: "We did it, bud!!! Still, she's not entirely sure her 7-year old understands what a history-making event this tournament was. One day, he will! McDonald is a trailblazer, and her teammates believe that her presence and Jeremiah's on the soccer field in France may inspire a generation of athletes.
One teammate told the Associated Press that they are in awe of how she manages to raise a child and be a world champ. I think the new generation is going to feel like they have the option of doing both," McDonald's teammate Crystal Dunn told the AP. McDonald has seen people close to her stop competing after parenthood. And so they dropped their dreams for their children. And I'm not sure how I feel about that, as their child—that they just gave up what they wanted to do because they became parents.
McDonald is the only mother on the U. According to the AP, the U. Soccer Federation has been paying for nannies since , but when McDonald is playing on her regular team, the North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League, childcare still eats a huge chunk of her paycheck. Baby Jeremiah would chill in his stroller on the sidelines during practice.
The situation is way different for us than it is for male athletes and it would be nice to have better support from our league in that area. McDonald has previously said that the National Women's Soccer League doesn't really support mothers, but hopefully that will change soon. The country just saw what a mom can do when she's got support on and off the field. There's nothing more important than the bond between a newborn baby and their parents.
And while an emotional bond and attachment between parents and a child happen overs years of development, the first year is the most important because a baby's brain grows most rapidly in the first 12 months of life.
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In fact, According to Scientific American , paid parental leave benefits baby's brain development. Research shows infant's brains form up to a thousand new connections per second , but those connections form best when the babies are exposed to the kind of stimulation parents on paid leave can provide. Every parent in America should have the chance to bond with their newborn child, and America deserves a national paid leave policy that supports families.
While the nation works on a single policy, there are some very special workplaces stepping up to the plate and leading the way when it comes to helping parents do what they do best: parent. At fast-and-casual salad chain Sweetgreen, it's not just mothers who get five months of paid parental leave , it's "mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents, and others with new additions to their families" that receive this amazing benefit.
The company believes it's their "responsibility to lead the way" and they urge other companies to join in the movement. She is passionate about preventing the kinds of accidents she investigates, and that is why a Facebook post she wrote is now going viral.
The following post was republished with her permission. I investigate drownings. I understand the realities of what can happen, often so quickly and quietly. I read a lot about water safety and tips telling parents to pay attention to their children and not be distracted, which is so important.
We see so many news articles about drowning during this time of year, but a lot of the advice isn't practical and just highlights the problems, so I decided to write my own list of tips to help. This actually started with a swim lesson procedure of making sure they always asked permission before entering the water. I have expanded it by having a little meeting about expectations.
My kids now know to wait sometimes impatiently continually asking me, "Mom, what do we need to know…can we go yet?!?!? I outline where they can swim, jump in, how they can jump in and anything else safety-related. A great time to do this is while applying sunscreen. They also know the consequences if they don't follow the safety rules.
These meetings are a way for me to teach my kids respect for the water. They obviously know it is dangerous, knowing what I do for work, but sometimes aquatic centers, water parks, beaches and pools look so fun and enticing that it is easy to forget. I think as parents we need to be just as concerned with the safety as we are with the fun, but that takes effort. I think some people may not want to ruin the fun by adding in rules, but I know rules create boundaries, which gives freedom in safety.
I also love including my children in the safety briefings. What do they think the rules should be? What do they see as dangerous? They have some amazing insights too and sometimes see things I didn't think of right away! My kids know depths of water and how to read them on the pool deck, and they know what it means related to their height. My 8-year-old daughter knows that 4f t of water is at her eyes and she will need to tread and can't have her airway out at this depth.
This piece of knowledge helps them make good decisions and helps them understand how water depths are different for each person. Their taller friend may have no problem in the 4ft area, while they would need to tread or have trouble touching.
Awareness of depth in relation to their body is important. This keeps me away from the, "But mom, Jayden gets to go over there…" Yes, he does, he is also 6" taller than you are, buddy! I jumped in last weekend fully clothed with my phone in my hand at my 8-year-old daughter's all-star softball hotel swim session after a tournament. It was instinct—a 5-year-old boy panicked and grabbed onto a 4-year-old girl and they were both struggling.
He was holding her down and trying to keep himself above the water. In I went and scooped both of them out. We see this all the time in drowning events, swimmers who are okay on their own, have someone grab onto them because they are struggling and they can't get away. I have taught, and I am still teaching my kids how to get away if someone grabs onto them.
My daughter is a great swimmer, but I still don't think she can tread water and keep her and another kid above the waterline. I've taught them to suck, duck, tuck:. Even adults can be weaker swimmers and may have a hard time with them hanging on. Personal space is key. I ask my kids to keep me accountable. They know either myself or my husband should be watching them at all times. We have told them that if we aren't watching them, they need to get our attention and help us because as humans we get distracted naturally.
I try to stay involved in their activity and also tried to keep my phone away, but I was still distracted with other kids, food, talking, you name it…life is full of distractions. I changed my tactic and downloaded a reminder app, and I set reminders for every minute. I turn my phone into airplane mode and then use the app. Every minute it alerts me and I have the notification say "Kids Breathing" so I confirm my kids are okay and then clear the notification.
Obviously, my goal is constant supervision, but sometimes my brain starts to wander to something I am thinking about and the notification checks me back in. There are tons of campaigns about designating a "water watcher" with a specific tag indicating you have the responsibility of watching the water.
I think these are great tools, and we also need to make sure the water watcher is not distracted.
Alerts can keep you focused as long as you stay off your phone for all other purposes. I put my phone in airplane mode, but you can still have the tendency to look at. Be aware of your distractions both internal and external. If the phone is a distraction all together, maybe alerts aren't for you. Find what works to keep you focused and stick with it for the entire swim time. We swim for a designated time, usually 30 minutes, but it varies depending on where we are and the activity taking place. Regardless, we always have breaks. I need these breaks more than my kids.
They would swim endlessly for hours if I let them, but they need to rest and so do I. As a lifeguard, we would rotate every minutes with the premise being to give our minds a break and so we could stay fresh. The same thing applies to parental supervision. I need to use the restroom, I need to do other things, I need a break too!
So, we give time warnings and take swim breaks.
Sometimes the breaks are also unscheduled, if I have to make an emergency restroom visit or answer the door, everyone gets out, every time. This may sound harsh, but I don't trust other people to watch my kids in the pool. It is me or my husband, that is it. If they are swimming at Grandma's they have to wear a lifejacket. If they are going in the water at the beach on a board with their cousin, they have to wear a lifejacket.
I see so many events where trust was placed in another person, watch my kids while I go do XYZ, or grandpa took them to the pool, or a neighbor invited them over. I may love these people, and they may love my children, but I don't trust them, nor do I want them to have to own that responsibility if something were to happen to one of my kids in their care. It just isn't worth it. Do my kids whine, yep. Do I care? They know the other option is they just don't go. Same goes for school pool parties and camps with water activities, it just isn't worth it for me.
Same goes for lifeguarded swimming areas. I know I am my kids' primary source of supervision and the lifeguard s are there for back up and emergencies. I do not rely on them for basic supervision. I only have two children and I can supervise them much more closely than a lifeguard who has divided attention between 25 or more people.
Culturally we seem to have a negative attitude towards life jackets. I don't think there is anything wrong with life jackets, in fact, there are so many games and activities you can do with them.
We just need to make them cool again. If there are a bunch of kids I'm watching, I'd rather have everyone be in a life jacket. It can be a cousin life jacket pool party. Having everyone in one makes it much "cooler" and doesn't embarrass the littler kids or weaker swimmers. When I ran camps, even the counselors would wear them, be cool like them! Having rolling log challenges in the life jackets, water balloon tossing contests, have relays to pass rings from your toes.. Now there are times that my kids will even say they would rather just be in a life jacket.
Noodles, Inflatables, baby circles, tubes, and all other items are not safety-related and should not be used or trusted to keep your child safe.