© 2012 Sedef Örsel Özçelik

Jan 30, 2012

Let's raise kids who are happily themselves but not a copy of anyone who looks popular...

"There is something inside you that has NEVER been expressed before. There is a unique style, a huge love, a wonderful creativity and something eternal within you! Don't ruin this precious gift by thinking you should be a carbon copy of someone else. Be you and you will have all the protection and happiness you can imagine!"
- Jackson Kiddard, author & polymath. 

Jan 15, 2012

This is the very reason why I love teaching "Connection Parenting"

"Many children are less physically and emotinally healthy than they could be.  The current epidemic of childhood 'obesity' suggests that children are overfed but probably undernourished...  
What is a succesful child?  
A child who's happy, well adjusted, and morally grounded... a succesful child is an attached child-connected not just to family, but to the world beyond." 
William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN
From "The Succesful Child"

Jan 2, 2012


Have you seen this video?  If not please do, it is my new year's gift for all of us.

I watched this video crying and trembling...  How excruciating the pain this young boy had been going through that he was cutting himself.  How hard bullying hurts!  How important it is to be 'me-just the way i am'.  How important it is to be accepted!  How hard it hurts when we are not connected to friends and family!  How loneliness leads to despair...  BUT turning the pain into connection by willing to be honest with feelings and coming out with vulnerability is amazing.  He was painfully well in touch with his needs to be accepted as he is and being connected.  His strength came out of this realization.  If you can read what he wrote under the video, you will receive the good news of what happened after he has posted this video.

I hope 2012 will bring us more chances to be ourselves.  I hope it will bring us acceptance and connection into our lives more than ever.

With my warmest good wishes,