Sunday February 18, the Lebanese Muay Thai Federation held its annual instructors workshop led by Grand Master Sami Kiblawi. Among the participants I am proud to have represented my Team and my family and to always uphold our Muay Thai principles: respect, pride and honor 👊 We have roots to ground us, and wings to fly 🥊🔥
Monday reflections in my birthday week. I translate the text:
“Human are crazy. They worship an invisible god and kill all visible nature, without realizing that nature that kills is the invisible god that adores”. Peace - Love - Music. #respect#music#love#barcelona#ibiza#ivanmuñozrules
Long night of laying awake and thinking. I don't normally stick my nose into politics because I find them a losing battle (I was reminded of heartily). Everyone has their opinions and passions and will fight for them. I find it exhausting and am usually content to respect others regardless of whether I do not agree. Our culture is so misguided. We focus on objects, not people. We focus on laws, not compassion. We focus on limits, not freedoms. I'm raising 3 children with Autism. Now we have had 2 horrific school shootings by young people on the spectrum in our recent history. To say I don't care and am not concerned is like a slap in the face. I worry for them daily. I give them limits but I also try to counter that with independence and teaching them to work through emotions. I won't always be there. I can't control it all. Neither can you. But, I can try to teach them respect and tolerance for others. So out of my interestingly twisted debate last night I realized I need to teach them to give to others with a glad heart, listen with respectful ears and love others as they are not as they wish them to be. I refuse to be cynical. I also refuse to fold in my beliefs under pressure. I'm no sheep. I'm also no wolf. I'm a person.
Good MOMday! It’s Momosa’s Monday!! ******BioMom & Bonus Mom******* BioMoms & Bonus Moms’ from the start are lacking a unique first encounter/impression. In general this is due to BioDad providing a not so awesome rating of BioMom from the start. Not saying BioDads are right or wrong, but by doing this and not allowing the chemistry to formulate independence, can cause prejudging and issues before they meet. BioDads raise your hand 🤚🏾 if you gave a 4-5 star review of BioMom when you first discussed her with your significant other.... I’ll wait.
Do this, and I@must say this won’t work unless everyone involved is focused on the best interest of the children.
BioMom & Bonus Moms, get to know one another. Have coffee, take the kids to the park, while the kids play get to know the other. Find out by your own experience.... because most of the time the ASSumptions are incorrect. Bonus Moms, be understanding of BioMoms and their lioness like character when it comes to the children. For most, they have never allowed anyone outside of the Village to care for their kids in the role you are preparing for. Even if Bonus Mom has kids of their own...everyone has methods to how they parent. Wouldn’t you feel better knowing you have parallel parenting ideals? Between you two, find common ground rules that will apply in both households. .
Always With Class... Never An Ass💋
When I tell you this post hit home! So selfless and brave! My 5th grader and I were conversing on the way to work/school this morning. As an educator, I wanted to be sure he and his classmates were taking the school safety drills seriously and not using it as a time to socialize and goof off.
Me: Have you guys praticed a lockdown drill in class yet?
Dez: Are you talking about an active shooter drill?
Dez: Yes, we practiced it
Me: So tell me what you are suppose to do.
Dez: The teacher is suppose to shut and lock the door, put the black paper over the window on the door.
Then myself and three other boys are suppose to push the table against the door.
After that all the class is going to stand behind us on the back wall.
Me: The class is suppose to stand behind who?
Dez: Me and the other 3 boys. We stand at the front and they get behind us. *I internally went from 0 to 100 real quick. My child is one of only 2 black children in a class of 23. Being transparent, I immediately went to the "why is my black son being put on the front line?" (Just being real) So I asked before I verbally stated my thoughts*
Me: Why did you get picked to stand in front of everyone else if a shooter came in your school?
Dez: I didn't get picked. I volunteered to push the table and protect my friends
Me: 😯*immediate nausea * Dez why would you volunteer to do that?
Dez: If it came down to it I would rather be the one that died protecting my friends then have an entire class die and I be the only one that lived
Father God, it took everything out of me not to breakdown. I still have a lump in my throat. 10 damn years old and this has to be our babies thought process in America. .
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