WENDY GARAFALO
Mama Lesson # 4
by Wendy Garafalo on November 10th, 2015

Mama lesson #4. What CAN you do? When Luca was little, we went thru a 'no' phase. It came from a good intention, we were trying to keep him safe. For instance, 'No don't get too close to the fire place', or 'No, your toys don't go in the potty'. He started saying 'no' back to us, frequently! I wanted him to understand the word, but I didn't want it to be used all the time. So instead, I started focusing on what we could do. 'We don't put toys in the potty, what CAN we do with them?'. It made me realize how often we use the excuse No, I CAN'T. We mentally say things like I CAN'T because I don't have enough money, I'm not flexible, strong, pretty or skinny enough. It made me look at my life and my own internal dialogue. I try to catch myself as often as possible and switch my wording. Instead of focusing on what I can't do, what CAN I do? I can't go to a yoga class today, but I CAN do some yoga with my kids and perhaps take them to the park. I can't find my balance today, but I CAN nail my warrior 2. I can't solve the worlds problems, but I CAN change the way I feel about my self. Thank you little man for this lesson. Namaste.


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