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The Blue Fairy and Raising Real Children Full Life MA Plainfield Il

Posted: August 12, 2019

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a zookeeper, an astronaut, and a mom. I made some small strides toward being a zookeeper and an astronaut, by submitting a science experiment to NASA and later applying for a job at a zoo in high school, which I didn’t get. Instead, I chose another of my strengths, music, and by the time I was 24, I got the mom part.  I was pretty focused on that one because I wanted to be like my mom.

My mom was really great at seeing what me and my two brothers were interested in, and enrolling us in classes and experiences with those strengths in mind. Music for me, writing for my middle brother, art for my youngest brother. I wanted that for my children.

Schindler's Jews and Belief--Full Life MA

Posted: August 12, 2019

If someone had told me that having kids involved at least three decades of laughter, kisses and hugs, tears, broken things, fury and desperate prayers, broken windows and walls (don’t ask), sleepless sick nights (hated those), mistakes, and only occasionally getting things right, I might not have had kids. The job of getting these miniature humans to have self-confidence, mental toughness, and competence in their giftedness nearly did me in.  No matter what my kids were up to, I still believed that if I pointed them in the way they should go, they would eventually get there.  Maybe not in my lifetime, but, hey, I had to try! The odds were against me, but I believed I could do it. 

In the 1940's, a man named Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, once believed he could save his Jewish employees and their families from extermination in Nazi concentration camps. He and his wife had a hand in saving over 1200 Jews during the Holocaust.  He spent everything he had on bribes and black market gifts in order to keep those families safe. The odds were against him. Today, more than 7,000 descendants of Schindler’s Jews are alive because of his actions.

When asked why he did what he did, Schindler retorted, "I was a Nazi, and I believed that the Germans were doing wrong … when they started killing innocent people — and it didn't mean anything to me that they were Jewish, to me they were just human beings, menschen — I decided I am going to work against [the Nazis] and I am going to save as many as I can." Retrieved from

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