For the Grown-Ups
Everything I Wish I Knew When My Kids Were Young

Everything I Wish I Knew When My Kids Were Young

February is my favorite month. It's my birthday month. I'm able to give myself more ease, joy, play and permission-to-do-what-I-want around my birthday. It's a funny thing. And then, I'm often so full up, I want to love everyone extra.

This February, I'm following my impulse to write you dear Sparkle adults a weekly Love Note. In the spirit of love and Valentine's Day, I 'm sending you a message of sweetness and encouragement. As an empty-nester mom of 54 years, I want to tell you what I wish I had known when I was a young mom. I want to be the big sister or older neighbor who holds your hand and says, "Yes, I know. It's hard. Can I tell you something I think is also important and that I think will help you through the wilderness of parenting?" I had a little of this kind of support as a new mom, and I have a lot of it now, as a mom of young adults. It's a beautiful thing to have someone who sees you, acknowledges you, and is dedicated to pointing you back towards what's most important.

Everything I'm going to share this month is about bringing you back to you. I want us all to find the path to the fullest life, the one with the most depth, that calls us toward the fullest expression of ourselves. I believe that's what we're meant to do with this life. I don't yet have it figured out — I'm walking it with you.

Of course, there will be content for kids too — all the things I wish I had known myself are things that I wish for my kids to know as well. And it's never too early to start showing them (what I think are) the best tools and approaches for navigating the planet!

This is a grand experiment. It's our mission here at Sparkle to make life gentler and kinder for everyone, you adults included. We are thinking about expanding the ways in which we offer support to families and caregivers by sharing our thinking — plus the best tools and resources from our own lives. I already do "Momma Lectures" on Instagram, and I write here and there about things related to parenting and human-ing. This is the next step.

Big love from your Big Sis at Sparkle HQ,


About the Author

Lisabeth Sewell

Doer of Many Wonderful and Odd Things (including CEO)

Lisabeth Sewell has worn many hats at Sparkle over the years, from Sparkle Kitchen Blogger to Editorial Director to Doer of All Odd Jobs. Her primary role is as CEO.

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