A Yiddish Folktale

I want to give you some wisdom from my grandma.

I had a dream about her recently. She died last year, and was a big influence on my life. She spoke many languages, Yiddish among them, and shared this Yiddish folktale with me.

She especially shared it right after I had my baby, when I was in the ultimate “I can do it all, my needs come second (if at all)” mode.

The most important thing we can do for our kids is to be there. Literally. Be alive (and, if we can, thrive…).

Kids take everything personally. It’s how they’re wired.

If you’re stressed, quick to be upset, distracted, irritable.. they think it’s their fault.

If you’re delighted, present, calm, connected.. they think it’s because of them.

Let’s give them the story that they make people delighted! That other people are able to connect with them.

How? By eating, sleeping, moving, drinking water, breathing (notably.. the things our body needs to actually just stay alive and well..)

I hope you like this story, and I hope you take it as a sign to take 3 deep breaths, or 3 sips of water, or eat your lunch away from your screen!


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