A Valentine’s Day Blog: Not Just for Lovers

With the official day of love approaching, I wanted to remind you that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for lovers. Make the people in your life…your kids, cousins, grandma, aunt, dad, even you….know they are special too. Here are just a few ways to show love to everyone you love: Call them instead of text and let them know you just wanted to hear their voice. Send someone a handwritten thank you card for something they did for you OR for how important they are in your life. Give someone a nice tight hug…don’t be the first the let go…this actually goes for all hugs. For the kids: you can either make them a card, old school style or buy them one…write the little loves of your life a love letter. Don’t forget the small box of sweets. For you… (ain’t nothing wrong with some self loving) write yourself a love letter.  Start an “I love you because…” Journal to yourself and everyday write the reasons you love yourself. Treat yourself to a beautiful dinner. Go for a walk by yourself. Send yourself the flowers and/or candy you want and be just as happy as if someone else bought them for you. Whatever you decide to do, make someone feel special everyday…”One is loved because one is loved.  No reason is needed for loving.” ~Paulo Coelho...

Interning with Kate’s Club- The Clubhouse Experience

On the last blog I talked about interning with Kate’s Club which is the kids’ version of Mommies Without Mommies, in the sense they empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. Well this past Sunday, I volunteered for the Clubhouse Support Services where twice a month, licensed therapists conduct day long programs for the kids including music therapy, art therapy, and circus arts.   This was a great experience for me. I observed the various programs and participated in some. I created a keychain with “breathe beads” in recreation therapy and learned to the basics of juggling by juggling scarves in circus arts. I don’t remember what it was like for me at 10 years old when my mother died but watching the different dynamics for how the children reacted made me a bit emotional. These kids are resilient in talking about who died. Not one of them shied away from the question. The children Kate’s Club serve are between the ages of 5-18 and I can see how therapeutic it is for them to be around their peers who deal with the same issues as them. In observing the music therapy class, a group of 8-10 year olds helped the music teacher write a song about “Michael’s” dad dying. In one part of the song there was mention of what to tell the kids at school and one of the students said they would tell their friends that their dad died and another student said they would tell their friends their dad went to the store. This sparked a conversation within the...

Mommy and Me Activities

Events held every other mth in Winter/Fall Mths – 3/year Once per month in Spring/Summer Mths – 5/year These will be fun activities mothers can do with our children. This will help with mother/child communication and learning patience. Allows for bonding time and helping children understand why mommy may do things she...