On several occasions I have run across a poster that says, "Be so happy that others around you can't help but be happy too," or something close to that.  For days now this has really resinated with me. Have you ever met people that make you think, "Certainly can not be that happy or that nice all the time?" I really would like to be that person. I do believe it will take a lot of energy but it is my goal. My personal mantra is to be thankful for all things, to smile and laugh every day and to treat others the way you would like to be treated.

All of those things are easier said than done. I really feel like this is something that will take a lot of work but it is going to be worth it. I am determined to be the best me I can be. I think that this goal to be a happier and more thankful person will also have a great impact on Karoline.

I have a guilty pleasure, I love the show 19 Kids and Counting. I absolutely love watching the way that Jim Bob and Michelle parent their kiddos. They are always so calm and have such a great way of getting through to their children. Karoline is of the age now where she needs to be told, "no." When I watch Michelle parent her kids and redirect them she has a stern tone to her voice but it is still wrapped with love. I am sure some of this came with practice but I adore the way that she doesn't ever sound intimidating. I know that our kids will need to know who's boss, but I am sure that there is a way to get the point across with out sounding mean. When I tell Karoline, "no" I try to sound assertive and it just doesn't seem right to me at this stage. She definitely understands me so I think there has to be a better way to get through to her. Really, who knows what is right when it comes to raising kids! Anyway, hopefully by being a happier me and for being thankful for the chance to teach Karoline I will be able to redirect her in a loving way. One in which she respects and is appreciative of instead of afraid of.

May you find a way to have more happiness in your day, a way to spread happiness and a way to enjoy and be thankful for all things!

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