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Archive for December, 2011

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.”

Bob Newhart

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”

Irish Proverb

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”

Yiddish Proverb

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

Victor Borge

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”

Milton Berle

I was walking to Newton Centre with my four youngest kids, on a mission to make cupcakes. There’s a place there where you can make your own!  Plus they sell a buncha cupcake paraphernalia that Supermom just loves. I’ve loved cupcakes–the visual, not so much the taste–for as long as I can remember.  It’s a super happy thing for me. My kids n I draw em often.


It’s a 30 minute walk each way and I was pushing the twins in a double stroller. Sagey, age 7, was pushing Phoenix, age 4.


My kids are good sports so I was surprised to hear Sagey begin to complain.  “I’m tired. It’s hot,” etc. On and on it went. I kept focusing on the positive–the sky, the grass, the cupcake decorating coming soon–when Phoenix, being pushed in the stroller, said, “I not tired at all!”


Sagey and I laughed so hard that she forgot that she was tired.


Laughter is the great distracter and healer. And it’s free and available to you 24/7. Go get you some.


“Laughter lightens, enlivens, and heals.”
Taylor Wells

“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.”

Virginia Satir

“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.”

Jim Rohn

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”

Walt Disney

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.