Golden Nugget

Kathy Eldon shares her Golden Nugget of parenting advice on the importance of celebrating the moments in life as a parent
Golden Nugget of Parenting Advice from Kathy Eldon
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Golden Nugget

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My very best parenting advice, something that I’ve taken with me for many years, is “This too shall pass”. Remember it when you’ve got a 17-month-old teething baby screaming through the night. Remember it when you’ve got a toddler who’s tantruming in the super market. Remember it when your 8-year-old is trying you. Remember it when your 13-year-old is just being impossible. Remember it when your 17-year-old is going off to college. Remember it when anything happens. Remember that “This too shall pass”. The good stuff passes all too quickly, and the bad stuff – it’s gone too. Just hang onto that. Celebrate the moments you have that are joyous, get through the moments that are lousy and know that you have to seize every moment in life, because we never know what’s going to happen, but we just know that it will pass.

Kathy Eldon shares her Golden Nugget of parenting advice on the importance of celebrating the moments in life as a parent

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Kathy Eldon

Parent with a Purpose and Founder & CEO, Creative Visions Foundation

Kathy Eldon was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Wellesley College and has since worked as an art teacher, television presenter, magazine editor, journalist, media consultant and a television and film producer in Kenya, England and the United States. She has written seventeen books on a variety of subjects including Angel Catcher, a Journal of Loss and Remembrance; Soul Catcher: a Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are; and Love Catcher, a Journal to Invite more Love in Your Life, all published by Chronicle Books. The journals were co-authored with her daughter Amy, who is her partner in Creative Visions, a television and film production company.

Kathy was the Executive Producer of the 1999 Emmy nominated Turner Broadcasting two-hour documentary, Dying to tell the Story, about journalists who risk their lives to do their jobs, which was conceived of and presented by Amy Eldon. In l999 Kathy exec-produced a one-hour CNN documentary, Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade, about the Colombian children's peace movement, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Both films were distributed internationally to over 220 countries. Kathy's company also produced Lost in Africa, a family feature film distributed by Columbia Pictures internationally.

Kathy is currently producing a feature film about her son, artist and Reuters photographer Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death at the age of 22 in Somalia. In May, 2011, Kathy and Amy exec-produced, together with Julia Roberts, "Extraordinary Moms," a tribute to the power of mothers to change the world around them. Hosted by Julia Roberts, the special featured Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell and Christiane Amanpour.

Kathy edited The Journey is the Destination, a collection of Dan's journal pages which was published by Chronicle Books. Kathy and Amy are co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation, which supports "creative activists" who use media and the arts to create positive change. Over the past 10 years the foundation has incubated more than 80 projects and productions on five continents, touching the lives of more than 10 million people.

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