Gregg Korrol

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Parenting is Shared Not Equal

Posted by Gregg Korrol on Oct 9, 2018 4:43:05 PM

As much as we would love to say parents are equal, we are not. My wife reminded me of this recently during a discussion and I believe she is right.

While men and women may share the responsibility of parenting, the feeling and connection isn’t equal as the baby is an extension of the woman.

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Think about it this way.  If someone gets hurt, you are (hopefully) going to sympathize with them and feel for them, but you’re not going to feel exactly what they’re feeling because it’s not your body. A baby is a part of a woman’s body. There’s a direct connection as the baby grew inside her and came out of her, hence it’s a more direct connection that she’s going to feel than a man would.

What a man can do to be even more supportive is spend time understanding her journey and feelings as a mother- most specifically the burden of responsibility. Men must learn how to support her in addition to the baby and give her the freedom to have some time as a person, not just a mother.

One excellent strategy is learning how to take things “off her plate.” In other words, what is one thing you can do that she doesn’t have to, so that she can reclaim that time for herself as her own person? Comment below…



Topics: Relationships, Parenthood, Personal Coach

Do you Think Moms Have the Right to Relax?

Posted by Gregg Korrol on Sep 24, 2018 4:07:10 PM

You probably just read that title and stopped in your tracks. It’s a weird question, right? Slow down, it’s not mine. This was the question a mom asked me during my research on how moms feel and what we as men need to do to support them. 

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I was actually asked this question by several moms, all be it in different ways. As I shifted into coaching mode and asked more questions to clarify, I learned a very hard truth that mothers already know which is that moms feel a lot of guilt connected to their children.

As I told this mom and several others, not only do you have the right to relax, it is your responsibility to relax and take care of yourself. I further emphasized she was actually hurting her child by not relaxing and taking care of herself because she wouldn’t be her best self if she were always stressed (See what I did there? I created pain around her not relaxing). 

Moms, please take time for yourself and ensure that you have some time everyday to breathe, read, watch TV, exercise, talk to friends on the phone, etc. It will make you a better mom and you will have so much more to give to your child.

Dads, understand that women feel a strong bond and connection with their kids that while we share, goes deeper than we understand. We can support moms by playing with our kids, watching a movie with them, reading with them, etc. so that mom gets time to chill. Give her time to chill, and the whole family will reap the benefits.

Topics: Relationships, Parenthood

Reasons are Your Sledgehammer

Posted by Gregg Korrol on Sep 12, 2018 4:33:19 PM

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In my last post I told you the difference between those who do, and those who don’t. 

Now let me make it clear what motivation really is. 

Motivation is a reason or reasons that are more important than a moment. In other words, are you going to make a million dollars because you want your kids to have a certain kind of life? Are you going to write that book because it is your gift to the world? Are you going to get that part in a movie just so you can tell everyone you know, “HA! I told you!”

Take 5 minutes today for your dreams.

Write down what you want and list as many compelling reasons as you can about why you must have this (whatever “this” is) in your life. Tape your reason to your walls in every room and commit them to memory. Every time you don’t “feel” like taking action, go back to your motivation and take that next step.

Remember, who ever you look up to in life, living or dead, did the exact same thing. Perhaps they didn’t tape it to their wall, but I can assure you those reasons were on their mind every single day.

Topics: Personal Coach, Life Coaching, Positivity

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