MY MANTRA

Parenting is tough and sometimes we need a positive phrase to get us through the really hard days. That’s the inspiration behind Chicago Parent’s “My Mantra” series. Each issue, we feature a local mom or dad’s parenting mantra — a little phrase or idea that helps them through tough times — and give them the chance to talk a little more about their mantra in a video. Here, you’ll find all of the mantras that have been featured so far. Take a look and see if any resonate with you. And don’t forget to submit your own mantra to editor@metroparent.com.

My Mantra: It Takes a Village

Parenting can be overwhelming but it's easier when you're not alone — and that's what inspired Nicole Spicer's mantra: It takes a village.

My Mantra: Pick My Battles

Catherine Amano of Sterling Heights talks about the mantra that she raises her kids by and how 'pick your battles' helps keep her going when parenting gets tough.

My Mantra: Adapt and Overcome. Forge Your Own Path

Kathy Jaafar wants her son to believe he can do anything he puts his mind to and that's the driving force behind her mantra, forge your own path.

My Mantra: You Are The Captain of This Ship

Stephanie Olson, a local mom of two, gets through the rough seas of parenting by remembering her mantra: You are the captain of this ship.

My Mantra: You Have to Persist Longer Than They Resist

Erika Ciavattone's mantra, you have to persist longer than they resist, applies to all of the challenges of parenting and the resilience parents have.