“We glorify busyness I think in the American culture, acting like you need to have all these accomplishments behind your name for people to give you respect,” Tol said. “I know I have struggled with [thinking my busyness proves my worth], and it definitely contributed to busyness in my life.”
“I think children were born to play,” Janet says. “I think play is the seeds in the ground that prepare a child to understand the words they’re going to get hit with later on in school.”
Grandparents enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, but parents should be careful about asking for too much childcare. “I’m not a professional babysitter, so don’t abuse the relationship—build the relationship,” said Breidenbach.
“I’m writing way more letters to her for when she’s older,” Jacqueline Piccolo, who became a mom after 40 and now has a three-year-old daughter. “I do have worries about being there for my daughter when she’s older.”
“Sleep deprivation really plays havoc with our brains,” Stevens said. “Think about what you feel like after a broken night of sleep—you really don’t feel well the next day, your performance at work is probably be a little bit slower and it’s hard to remember things.”
“After surveying 100 daughters between the ages of 12 and 42 about their relationships with their moms, I was surprised to find many daughters believe their moms don't truly accept them for who they are or are/were overly critical of them,” Cindi said.
When you let your teen learn to drive, you’re telling him or her: We think that you’re capable and that you will do your best. “The world can be so much smaller and more contained when we don’t let our kids spread their wings,” he said.
On this week's "You've Got This," I talk with Sherry Kyle about how moms can stay connected with other women. Sherry is an award-winning author of books for tween girls, including the recent release True
“I think as parents, we want our kids to succeed and develop solid connections,” Courtney says. “It’s almost heart wrenching when that doesn’t work out with their friends.”