New York may be the city that doesn't sleep, but it was certainly brought to a crawl during last week's weather. The early snowfall took everyone by surprise. None of the meteorologists, with all their cutting edge, state of the art equipment, predicted the intensity or accumulation. And it crippled my fair city in a way that most have not seen in their lifetimes, myself included. Bridges were shut down, accidents abounded, cars/busses/trucks stuck. There are enough horror stories to fill a book about how long it took to go 5 miles.

Friday, most of the snow was gone. And we were left with puddles, downed tree branches, and a lot of finger-pointing. How could this have happened?

People were demanding explanations, demanding apologies. Why were they (the collective "powers that be") not prepared?

We were inconvenienced and wanted someone to blame. For the weather. That took everyone by surprise. The fact of the matter was that we were not prepared. It was unexpected - a series of unfortunate events.

When the unexpected happens, the tendency is to want to blame someone. Whether it's being unprepared for a snow storm or a minor or major mishap along the path of life.

Somebody did or didn't do something.

I offer an alternative. Take control. Ask the questions, "Could I have done something differently?", and, "What can I do to prevent this from happening again?"

Model this behavior for your kids. Make this your go-to reaction. Accepting and practicing this problem-solving behaviour will serve everyone well. And put you (and yours) ahead of the curve.

#personalresponsibility #resiliency #SNOW #confidenceresiilienceyproblemsolving #problems #attitude

13 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


 Washington St
New York, New York  10014

  • twitter
  • instagram
  • facebook
  • linkedin

©2019 by Confident Kids Now. 

I'm Mary Kerwin

and I’ve been a teacher for over 40 years, as well as a mother to four children who pay their own bills. I understand the struggle of getting this parenting thing “right”. It’s hard to juggle all.the.things while making sure your children have everything they need to live happy, well-adjusted lives. 


I created this holistic curriculum because I saw a huge gap in what was being taught in school, and what kids actually need to make it in the real world. I believe it’s absolutely imperative for our kids to develop life skills because it will have a direct impact on their confidence and their future.