Sharing My Personal Parenting Philosophies

While reading a Parenting Patch Momma post, Updating My Parenting Philosophies it made me look into my own parenting principles. I realized that like Heather, my views on how to raise my kids have pretty much remained the same. Here are a few of them (if you’d care to check them out):

1. Live in simplicity. I have always believed that simplicity is a great way to put more meaning into our living. I raise my kids with frugality and practicality and make sure that we keep focused on people and not on material things. This also means saying no to a lot of requests!

2. Be present. I have vowed to always live mindfully–to be in every moment as it happens. I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that I have just been living on autopilot. I want to really experience the joy of raising wonderful kids!

3. Accentuate the positive. I want my kids to grow up and be happy and confident! That is why I see to it that I praise them for every job well done. I do not want my children to remember me, when they are older, as a mother who gave them complaints, orders, criticisms, warnings, and discouraging words!

How about you? What are your parenting philosophies?

The Museum of Biblical Art

A little embarrassing to admit, but I have never before heard of The Museum of Biblical Art, despite living (at most) an hour out of the city for my entire life.  But thanks so some perusing on Time Out New York, I stumbled upon this great institution, located at 61st and Broadway.

The Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA) dedicates itself to “celebrating and interpreting art related to the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education and scholarship […] The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA) brings to the public an interpretation of art through the lens of biblical religions and an understanding of religion through its artistic manifestations.”

It currently has two exhibitions on display, the first called “A Light to the Nations: America’s Earliest Bibles (1532-1864)” which examines early translations of Bibles into native tongues during early exploration of the Americas.  The MOBiA’s second exhibition is “The Wanderer: Foreign Landscapes of Enrique Martinez Celaya.”  According to the official exhibition press release, Celaya’s work “presents a series of desolate landscapes in which God may or may not have abandoned mankind […] Martínez Celaya employs autobiography, allusions and references to authors who have been influenced by the Bible–including Tolstoy, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard–to construct a complex personal aesthetic steeped in literature and philosophy.”

Tickets to the MOBiA are priced from $4 to $7, and the museum is open Wednesdays-Sundays.  For more information, visit the MOBiA website here.