As we celebrate, let’s educate each other on what this holiday means to people that were once “enslaved,” not “slaves.” It’s important that we make the distinction of who our ancestors were. They were human beings that were “enslaved.” It’s time to change the narrative. For more information Google: the 1619 Project podcast, or Why We Must Stop Referring to Enslaved People as ‘Slaves’.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. #Languagematters. #happyjuneteenth
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Unfortunately, half of parenting relationships end in separation or divorce. Because of this, we must learn to heal ourselves in order to move on to be Healthy Co-Parents. Check out my free Healing Worksheet for ways in which we can all begin to heal.
My Healthy Co-Parenting online course is self-paced over a 30-day period. The online course creates an opportunity for parents and family members that participate in co-parenting to shift their attention from the personal aspects of divorce to the needs of the children. This Healthy Co-Parenting Class focuses on the enhancement of the parent's ability to function within their families, the relationship between the separate households, and how to improve the parental relationship to provide a nurturing home environment. The Healthy Co-Parenting Class is suited for all parents, grandparents, bonus-parents, aunts, uncles, or others that directly or indirectly influence decisions about children.
When families transition into co-parenting, parents need to be equipped with tools to help their children adjust to the changes in their lives. Healthy Co-Parenting helps improve the quality of the parental relationship by reducing conflict while the parents work together to help their child adapt through effective co-parenting.
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Remember, any man or woman that is truly interested in making you happy will be interested in making your children happy as well. This comes in the form of respecting your boundaries and having boundaries of their own as well.
It is my opinion that you are a co-parent unless your other parent is deceased or completely uninvolved. You can be a married co-parent or a single co-parent. Others feel that if they are unmarried, they are a single parent. I am unmarried, but I am still a co-parent to my oldest two daughters while I am a single parent to my youngest two children. As a single parent, I don’t get every second weekend “off” and I can’t get the other parent be the disciplinarian when I’m fed up, it’s just me.
Stress can kill just as quick as any disease and affects you in more ways than you may know. For some people, the feeling passes while others become overwhelmed and unable to cope. In the short term, stress can leave us anxious, tearful and struggling to sleep. But over time, continuous stress can trigger heart attacks, strokes, and even suicidal thoughts.
In short, stress can kill you! Even with all the madness and injustice going on in the world today, take time to pray, meditate or exercise to keep stress levels down and take care of your body as well as your mind. Talk to a therapist or life coach today.
In order to co-parent successfully, both parties must separate their personal relationship with the ex-partner from the co-parenting relationship. Through your co-parenting relationship, your children should know that they are more important than the conflict that ended your marriage or partnership. The newly formed relationship is entirely in regard to the well-being of your children. The first step to becoming a responsible co-parent is to always put your children’s needs ahead of your emotions.
The same way communication was key in your intimate relationship, it is key to your new relationship as a co-parent. Although the way you all relate is different, the concept is the same. Consistent, purposeful and POSITIVE communication with your ex is essential to the growth of your children. I encourage some form of therapy or coaching regardless of how and why the relationship ended !
Every healthy relationship begins with Self-Love! In order to be a Healthy Co-Parent we must heal our past hurts. As a Life Coach, I am able to help you with the tools that can begin that process. Take time to Pray, meditate, listen to music, journal or read positive affirmations daily. These things will help you to heal and keep you centered as you go through the trials that come with life. Always know that you are loved, you matter, and you are never in this walk alone!
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