Tag: Transitions


Changes, Parents and Supernovas: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Sept. 28 – Oct.2), we published posts about the rewards of embracing change with open arms, the temporary rituals that build a lasting faith, the beautiful Hubble Telescope discovery caused by ancient devastation, the stepdad whose parenting was honored at just the right moment… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Can You Learn to Love Navigating Transitions? – Rachel Barenblat As the parent of a toddler, I learned that transitions are hard.?Toddlers don’t have a......

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Can You Learn to Love Navigating Transitions?

When I was the parent of a toddler, I learned that transitions are hard. Toddlers don’t have a clear sense of time, so hearing “the playdate will be over at noon” doesn’t necessarily help them prepare. They may not have much agency in their lives, so acceding to changes may feel like yet another place where they aren’t in control. And they don’t have the life experience to know that everything ends – so to them, every ending is a new heartbreak. Now that my child has grown a few years older,......

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It's a Season of Renewal. So Why Do I Feel Anxious?

This season is supposed to be one of renewal. The transition from summer to fall brings a cooler breeze, a change of color and the promise of brand new page in the books of our lives. We buy new clothes for our kids, who walk into their classrooms with the excitement of being a grade older, with the opportunity to begin with a clean slate. It sounds prospectively exciting, but I wonder why so many seem to feel so darn anxious about it…including my wife, my kids and me. The hope and......

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Reinvention as a Life Skill

Ask any group of people if they’re doing today what they thought they’d be doing when they started out. I begin every speech that way; occasionally, a few people in the audience raise their hands (very few). Almost everyone will readily admit that they’ve had to reinvent themselves, multiple times over, in their lives and careers. And yet, if you ask how they did it, or if formal education prepared them for reinvention, you get mostly blank stares. You hear answers like: I just did it because I had to. Most people......

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What Jet Lag Can Teach Us About Embracing Change

I hate jet lag.? Hardly a provocative statement? – does anyone really like jet lag?? Who could possibly enjoy waking up at odd hours, or worse, falling asleep at dinnertime? ?But I wonder if there is anything to be learned from jet lag.? This week as I returned from a trip overseas, I began to realize that I could find some lessons in dealing with jet lag.? I realized that in using the practices I have discovered over the years to counteract jet lag, I could also apply them to some of......

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The Mixed Emotions of Sending Kids Off to School

My mother still describes how she and my dad took me to the airport in Chicago on the day I left home to complete high school in Israel. She describes returning to the house and heading up to my room on third floor and sitting on my bed as she wept. I still feel mildly annoyed, more than thirty years later, when she tells that anecdote. Having just dropped off our eldest child at college, however (and like so many other moments in my life as a parent), I understand both my......

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