Weekend Reading | Feb. 20

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

What a Teenage Boy Needs Most from his Mom

So…I’ve been thinking a lot about these years–and how I can be the mom they need right now.  God only knows I’ve messed up enough in every other stage, and I only hope they can forget about my mistakes.  But these days…these teenage years:  They’re short!  Today my son becomes a teenager, and tomorrow he’ll be packing for college (God willing. :))  He won’t forget these years, and neither will I.  So, what’s my role as Mom?  How can I help the most?

Self-Soothing: Calming the Amygdala and Reducing the Effects of Trauma

Creating sensations that say there is no emergency helps calm the body’s alert system so the brain (prefrontal cortex) can regain its ability to think and plan. If you are sipping hot tea under a soft blanket or lazing in a bubble bath, then there must be no reason to run at full speed to the nearest cave!

How can you overcome your biggest parenting mistakes?

Ever have one of those proud parenting moments where you absolutely want to crawl under a rock? I mean, it’s like something highjacked your sanity and you can’t believe what you just did or what just came out of your mouth.

I’m here to share with you that you are not alone!

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