Friday, July 22, 2011

Tough Love Giveaway!!- Welcome to the Family SweetGeorgia!

We Beans couldn't be more excited about one of the newest additions to the JBW family: SweetGeorgia Yarns.   We've got 15 of their super popular, Tough Love sock yarn (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon. 425 yards per 115g skein)in 15 vibrant, beautiful colorways!  Here are my 3 favorites:


Autumn Flame
Saltwater
English Ivy



Felicia used to be a competitive ballroom dancer!
Here are some things you might already know about SweetGeorgia yarns:

<---- This is Felicia Lo, a.k.a. SweetGeorgia who is the head designer and dyer!

SweetGeorgia Yarns is an artisan luxury hand-dyed yarn studio based in Vancouver, Canada. They are passionate about vibrant, saturated color and offer over 50 jewel-toned, semi-solid and variegated colorways. Their collection includes silk, cashmere and fine wool blends in 12 different yarns (ranging from lace to sock to aran weight) and 12 different spinning fibers.


But that's the stuff you already know, right? We wanted to know more about this entrepreneurial hand-dyed company, so we asked Felicia some "tough" questions! 

JBW- Where did you grow up?

Felicia- I was born on the West Coast of Canada in Vancouver but moved to Toronto when I was just two years old. Then just before starting high school, my parents moved our family back to Vancouver and I’ve been here ever since.  

JBW- Did you really just get married last week?  

Felicia- YES!  I've been married for just over a week now! :)

JBW: What time do you start work?

Felicia- We officially open the studio at 10 am for visitors, but I’m usually answering emails and starting my day as early as 7 am. I’ll usually do all my “desk work” until about noon when we all break for an informal lunch break. Then the rest of the day is spent dyeing. I’m trying to maintain a normal workday schedule, so mostly I dye for just a few hours every day but occasionally the dyeing process runs as late as 10 or 11 pm. 

Lightening Round! 
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee all the way. 
  • Do you eat the licorice jelly beans or throw them away? Throw them away! :)
  • What was the first album you ever bought? Cyndi Lauper, the one with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on it.... She's So Unusual.
  • Little Known Fact: I started my first business, a dressmaking and alterations service, when I was 16. 
  • Next big adventure: Marriage. 
JBW- Finally, as a small artisan yarn company, do you have any advice for those folks out there hand-dying with kool-aid in their sinks on how to make a living doing what they love? 

Felicia- From my personal experience, I always believe that people should do what they love.  It’s truly a blessing to discover what you love. If you love dyeing, keep on dyeing. But know that doing what you love doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to transition into a business. There are MANY, MUCH easier ways of making a living. As any entrepreneur will say, you need to put a huge amount of blood, sweat, tears, as well as time and energy behind your passion. In making any passion into a living, I would recommend making a plan and sticking to it. Don’t compare yourself or your business with others. Just compete against yourself to constantly improve in your chosen living.


And now it's your turn to do some sharing! We've got 5 glorious hanks of Tough Love to giveaway to 5 lucky winners. To enter, leave a comment on this post (only one per person, please!) telling us your own personal "Tough Love" story between now and Thursday, July 28th at noon! The winners will be chosen randomly and announced on next Friday's Featured Products post.  If you don't win here, you might be able to snag a hank or two of Tough Love on WoolWatcher Wednesday, the 27th!
Want to learn more about SweetGeorgiaYarns? Here's their info:

Welcome to the family, Felicia and SweetGeorgia! 


Good luck everyone! 
Bethany


75 comments:

MaryB said...

Beautiful colors - would love to win a skein since I'm always knitting socks!!

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JimmieB said...

I took the car away from our teenager when he got a speeding ticket, it was actually harder on me as I had to be a taxi driver again for him and he thought I was a mean old Mom, but it was just TOUGH LOVE. When he received his priviledge of driving again he didn't get another ticket.

Bethany @JBW said...

Remember- in order to enter you've got to leave a Tough Love story! Good luck everyone! -Bethany

ex.- One time my little sister got caught sneaking in after curfew. I tried to help by distracting my mom, but my mom figured it out. I got grounded for the same amount of time because "I was an accessory"! haha! Tough Love! (And lesson learned!)

Tinkergrumpybuns said...

Tough love is telling your family that you can't listen to their little whiny problems because you are a 24.7 365 caretaker and no one thinks to help you. Then when dad dies, they want to know where the money is.
It's knowing that you have to keep them at arms length because they will suck the soul out of you.

Denise said...

Learning to tough love my 17 year old daughter as she heads to college. I had to learn this phrase, "I have absolute faith in your ability to make that decision ...." or "solve that problem" .... in other words, tough loving us both so she can feel as strong as she is! She defaults to asking me for my opinion and gets annoyed when i tough love her. :)

Diane@Peaceful Acres Farm said...

Tell ya what...I'll tell you why I want to win! It looks like you're NEVER going to get anymore Handmaiden Casbah in Topaz in...and I'm in a pickle with a sleeveless sweater! I'm looing at Saltwater and thinking it might work!!! So Pick ME!!

carrieR said...

I'm starting to let my 3 year old work out certain differences with others on the playground. It's hard not to run to his rescue!

I love those colors!

NiseyKnits said...

I'm a new mom and my son is in the tantrum-throwing phase where he starts crying and throwing himself on the floor if he doesn't get everything he wants. I'm having to give tough love by ignoring those tantrums and letting him cry himself out. I would love any of the colors in Tough Love to help me learn how to give tough love. :)

Steph N said...

Tough love was what my parents gave me when I brought home a D in a class because I had decided I didn't like the teacher and wasn't going to do her work. Internet privileges gone, minimal outside activities, and you can bet all the rest of my work in that class got done.

Jamie said...

My "Tough Love" moment came when I had to tell my own mother that she wasn't going to be able to see her only grandchild as long as she continued to make life choices that would put my son and family in bad situations - possibly even danger. I can't in good conscience trust my very young son with someone who makes such awful life choices! Most hearbreaking decision I ever had to make, but I have to protect my family. If that's not "Tough Love" I don't know what is!

syd said...

Ooooh I am in love with this yarn. :-) When I was 11 (a million years ago), I got caught smoking. Since my parents were both pack-a-day smokers, they couldn't say DON'T SMOKE, so they hatched a plan. They made me sit in my dad's home office, shut all the windows and doors and made me smoke a WHOLE PACK right in a row until I was so sick that I've never, ever, EVER wanted to smoke again. It worked, boy, that was some tough love. :-)

sistahraven said...

I'm in the process of learning to be kinder to myself. In order to motivate myself to do so, I promised a friend that I wouldn't be overly hard on myself. I take promises very seriously, so this was a big help.

Last week, I had a hard night, and took it out on myself. When I told my friend I'd broken my promise to him, my "penance" was to perform acts of kindness for myself and others, and consume nothing but milkshakes (I love milkshakes) for two days.

What a wonderful form of tough love - being strict about kindness, by refusing to punish me, and instead, reinforce the lesson: kindness, love, and compassion for ALL, not just for others.

Kristine Hipps said...

8 years ago I married a widower with 10 children. Knitting our 13 kids together into a loving family has been tough but the love's gotten us through all the tinks and frogs of this new family adventure. I think that's what I love about knitting. A hank of beautifully colorful, fragile yarn can become an amazingly complex & strong new creation, but the key is you! You have to pick up those fibers, have a goal and a plan in mind, then go through a lot of work, and yes, make some mistakes along the way before you to achieve your masterpiece.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful yarn - my tough love would be to keep my daughters from taking it were I to be so lucky as to win!

momsue84 said...

Our tough love moment came when we realized our beloved son needed to be in a private high school rather than in a public school. We sent him to a Military Academy an hour from our home. It just about killed us to be away from him even for a week at a time. But, it paid off. He graduated, obtained a BA and is now working on his Master's Degree. And, the best part? We have a wonderful relationship now, and he thanks us all the time for making that tough love decision.

sophy0075 said...

Tough love is grounding a teen when she violates her curfew!

auntbot said...

Tough love telling my mom that she needs to help herself so she can help my dad who has Alzheimer's.

craftygirl83 said...

I am in the middle of transitioning my own dye business from a hobby to a full-time job, and it's definitely tough. I'm having to work about 60 hours a week, think of countless ways to get my name out there, and always be thinking ahead to the next step. It's tough, it's thankless, and it's taking a while for me to be running completely "in the black", but I'm starting to see it happen! That's my "tough love" story... I am having to learn to be tough and self-motivated to get my business up and running! :)

Liz said...

When I was younger, honestly from the time I could speak on my own, whenever I wanted something at a store or had a question, my mom and dad refused to ask questions for me. If I didn't do it on my own, I didn't get anything. It was the best tough love I could have been given, since I am 21 now, and I am never afraid to ask for things or articulate my needs. I owe them so much for that.

Vasiliki Starborn said...

First...I love these yarns!

Tough Love...when I was small, my mother took me to the grocery store and when we got out to the car, she noticed that I was chewing gum. She asked me where I got it, and I pulled a pack of gum out of my pocket. She asked me where it came from since she did not buy it. I told her that I took it off the shelf. She walked me back into the store, asked for the manager, and told me to apologize to the manager and the cashier. She then paid for the gum. I was soooo embarrassed. That story sticks with me to this day.

j*e*n said...

Tough love for me right now is letting my kiddos throw their tantrums on the floor and not letting them win.

Margo said...

Tough love is having my brother arrested for breaking in my house.

A. said...

Tough love was telling my daughter she had to knit her sweater with acrylic instead of Mom's good wool, because it would just end up in a heap on the floor anyway. :)

kat said...

I have adorable little kitties, so their cuteness quickly undermines any attempts at tough love!

Amanda said...

Tough Love, getting disowned after my dad didn't like his Christmas Gift. I guess he was jealous because I just bought him something - and for everyone else I knitted something. He's a guy.. I didn't know what to make. Oh well. Tough love for sure, I'm better off - that was a shallow goodbye.

Juliaknit said...

I would love to try Tough Love. Thanks.

DianeE said...

Tough love was turning off texting for my son when his grades were poor. This was so he would study rather than text. He feels texting is one of life's necessities.

Diane said...

Tough love for me was being diagnosed with bi-lateral breast cancer and having to take care of my 2 younger children, and also having my dear mother in law die at the same time. The tough part was "acting" normal so as not to make them feel insecure (family members are affected too - and they did know what was going on) and just loving on them and doing as much as I could and the best that I could (bald, sore from 8 surgeries, and extremely tired and sick from chemo as I was) You deal with it, you go through, you find strength, and you love others as much as you can - and when kids weren't looking - you cry. And then daily celebrate life!

SRCureton said...

Tough love is so often harder on the giver than the recipient. Whether it's taking away privileges from a son who brings home a disappointing report card, or refusing to enable a loved one to continue abusing alcohol, it's no picnic! But many times it's the right, if horrendously difficult, way.

Casey said...

For me tough love is all about having a toddler. Daily lessons on tough love so far...

Dorothy said...

Years ago, my mother-in-law made ourlives eally difficult, even by long distance. I was the first one to see and state that something was really wrong with the dybamics. We learned she had an alcoholic personality and that caused great turmoil to discuss but ended up bringing us closer to my hsuband's siblings, their spouses, and ultimately, his parents. But boy, was I the black sheep for a while!

CrochetBlogger said...

Tough Love for me is about learning to set boundaries for family members in a family that didn't ever have any!

Sara Kirby said...

I think that paternal love comes naturally, for the most part. Mothers and Fathers want to see their children succeed, to know they've done their job well. They give hugs when its time give hugs, punishments when lessons need to be learned, and unshakable support when the child is doubting themselves.

My story of tough love is about a time in a teenage girl's life when she desires to date the dangerous guy. This guy was no good and I thought that was great. My poor mother on the other hand probably never slept for those 11 months. I won't get into the specifics of how bad it got except to say that one night my mom received a desperate call from her daughter saying her little girl needed her to come and get her right now before he got back. My mother had watched me cry, scream, go running back, and I'm sure that every moment her heart broke.

My mother shared with me a few months after the bad boy and I broke up how afraid she had been. How she knew that if she pushed I would run but how she struggled to support this decision I was making for myself. She said that with every passing day as she watched her daughter suffer through what a young woman sometimes mistakes as love she thought to herself, "I raised this girl to know right from wrong, to know who she is, and to want the best for herself. I trust her, to love her, as much as I love her."

And I did.

Tough love can be defined in a variety of ways. Mine is a moment in time when it was tough to watch someone you love hurting themselves and feel powerless to help. Its not the typical definition but its what I know.

Leslie (Heyillini@gmail.com) said...

I was in Vancouver last fall and fell in love with SweetGeorgia yarn. I think that tough love is all about being a mom. It's hard to keep your mouth shut when you can jump in and help your kids, but you know they have to learn some things for themselves.

Syd said...

The hardest thing was telling our nephew that he was no longer allowed in our home until he got the professional help he needed. He did get the help and proved he was working on him self and we allowed him back, two weeks later he died in an accident. We needed to stand firm for ourselves and for him, but are so grateful for those two weeks!

Kristine said...

On the receiving end of the tough love... My parents have always been there for me to help with whatever I needed. They've always been a 'safety net' (or a 'safety blanket') but have never set me up to be emotionally dependent on them. They've rarely just handed me solutions to problems but have always worked through them with me to make sure I learned from the experience (and didn't end up totally messing everything up).

Since I've moved out, I'm now learning what it means to be financially independent of them as well... I know they are still there for me if I need the help, but they've really emphasized that I need to earn my own money and find my own way. In an emergency, they are there, but by allowing me to learn my own budgeting, they are ensuring that I'll always be able to support myself.

Thanks Mom & Dad!

That English Ivy skein is absolutely beautiful! :-) The others look lovely too. Good luck to everyone who enters!

Lori said...

Lovely yarn! I have some Sweet Georgia yarn, but have not knit it up yet. So glad that JBW is going to carry this vendor!

Heidi said...

My tough love story started November 10, 2001 when daughter was stillborn at seven months pregnant. I had a son who was two and needed me to be a mother even though I thought my world had ended. I wasn't ever able to really grieve as I got pregnant six weeks after her death and worried for nine months whether or not this pregnancy would be ok. I now have another son and both of my children are my life but years later I realized I never grieved her death because I was too busy being a mother and caring for everyone but myself. I have since learned to try and take care of myself and take time for myself which is how I came to realize how much I liked to knit.

vicki c irving said...

Could it be that Sweet Georgia refers to the "Straits of Georgia," a waterway leading from the Pacific Ocean into Vancouver, B.C.? I spent so many knitting years on the neighborly American island of San Juan. I'd love to experience the texture & colour of such a close wonderful neighbor. Please consider me with affection, your salt water friend, in determining the winners of such lovely yarn.

Yours in appreciation of the great inland sea,

Vicki C. Irving
silverh@qnect.net
silverh

billicummings said...

Tough love for me has been resisting the urge to help too quickly my adult children. I hate to see them struggle but life is all about tackling adversity! Thanks for the contest!

Knit-Chat said...

My toughest love has been with myself. Learning to pull back instead of rushing in take charge of a volatile situation, learning to let other people in my life be responsible for themselves and letting them fall flat on their face due to their irresponsibility and carelessness has been very difficult.

In knitting however, I just gave my sixth pair of Veyla's to my friend and it was not easy to part with such a beautiful pair.

Connie said...

Tough Love is necessary when you find out that your teenage daughter has decided that she doesn't want to go to school and then having to police her every morning and making sure that your work schedule is adjusted to her school hours so that she can't fake going to school. Of course, now she loves college and is getting ready to finish her Bachelors then planning to get her Masters. Oh, and that is some seriously beautiful yarn.

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Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

Did tough love on my oldest son when he didn't want to go to high school...I called the truant officer myself!!! Then we had to send him to counseling for anger and possible bipolar issues...it was a long haul, but he's doing well now at age 24.

I would love to win some of this yarn!! Looks beautiful!!

Marilyn said...

I don't have a traditional tough love story but I have purchased a couple of skeins of Tough Love Sock in Mist and a pretty fuchsia color. I love Sweet Georgia colorways!

Kathy said...

Pushing the boy outta the nest and living through the results of some of his knuckle-headed experiences. Ooo!it can be painful!
BTW, I'm a tea drinker all the way; don't buy jelly beans; first album bought was Simon & Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (when it was first released); most unusual job was herding cattle into pens after they came out of the auction ring; next adventure: Retirement with Mr. Wonderful.
kbmcgee@aol.com
Kathy

Tracy said...

Tough love for me was watching my son in the depths of addiction and not becoming an enabler by giving him money when he asked. Food? Yes. Re-hab? Yes. Thankfully, after several long, tear-filled, painful years, he's come out the other side and has been clean for over a year. I really do believe in miracles now.

Lily said...

My tough love is learning that, even though I don't want to leave my home state, I'll probably have to in order to find a job in my field.

Enid said...

Tough love was moving from the city I lived in all my adult life to the midwest to look for a job.

StaceyD said...

Gorgeous yarn...

Tough love was my mom refusing to let me adopt one of the puppies that I helped resuscitate when I worked at a vet clinic - 3 months before I was leaving for college and living in a dorm where no pets were allowed. I really regretted not having the puppy, but it was better to not have to leave the responsibility for my mom.

lorraine said...

Patent 3,437,973 is my father's. All the "big" guys walked over his rights as an inventor - even though it went to the Supreme Court. Texas Instruments is the only who paid for infringement. All others found a loophole. My father said "I changed the world for good". His invention? The touch switch used on every computer, cell phone, touch screen etc. Rest in peace. Aug 1919 - Jul 2005

Karen said...

I spent a few years interning at a community center. I helped a lot with cleaning up files, making calls, organizing events, and other miscellaneous things you can push off on an intern. Luckily I was able to to be useful and my supervisor and the other staff were really appreciative and supportive of me.

Despite how awesome I apparently was in the office, there was one weakness I had. There a particular person who is a part of the executive team of the agency who I dreaded talking to. She is the kind of person who almost never smiles. She speaks sarcastically and at times can appear very demeaning if your not at her level. Usually I don't have issues talking to other people, but I was so terrified of her and could not get over it. I did everything I could to avoid talking to this lady including pretending that I simply forgot to go talk to her. It was pretty irresponsible and unprofessional of me, but I was really that scared of her.

I was approaching the final weeks of my internship and I was still plotting and planning ways to avoid talking to this lady. I was pretty close to it until my immediate supervisor called me out on it. At first she grilled me about how silly it is that I'm scared of speaking to a single person. But she also followed up by saying she completely understands why it's difficult to approach her, but that it's something that I need to be able to do. She gave me one last errand involving this lady, coaching me on how to approach her and everything. When I went out to actually go talk to her and realized it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. If I could get over my fear and talk to the meanest woman in the world, I could probably do anything in the professional world.

kaykatrn said...

I am a hospital nurse. For years, I worked myself to the bone doing things that others on my team should have been doing. Then I got sick, and doing my own work was all I could manage. It took a while, but I finally realized that if I leaned on the slackers, they were more proud that they had done a good job, and got really good at their jobs.

Anonymous said...

Mine was taking away the computer from my son, why we don't need to go into. But for six months all school reports had to be done the old fashion way. Using reference books, libary, etc... It was a pain in the butt. I had not realized how much school work he did that use the computer. But he learned a lession and so did I! Gail gailgoodhand @ yahoo. com (take out the spaces please.

ikkinlala said...

I don't know if I have a good tough love story - my parents were pretty good at standing back and letting us deal with the natural consequences of our mistakes, but didn't add to the punishment (and I don't have kids). I guess when I was little tough love meant we'd leave parties or restaurants when we misbehaved and the outing would be over.

Ginny said...

Tough love seeing your Dad work 2 jobs to keep food on the table and walking to work when he didn't have a car, explaining to his children why they didn't have a Christmas tree (a shortage of some sort) and writing a note to hang on the door asking Santa to stop at our house anyway and to just leave the gifts and maybe next year we would have cookies for Santa, then waking up on Christmas Eve and hearing my dad tell my mom he was walking down to the dime store to pick up a few gifts for the kids with the last five dollars he had. Christmas day was joyful with a fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy and the 4 of us kids playing with our dime store gifts. That was in 1960 and I was 7 years old. Tough true love.

Alyson said...

My seventh grade son decided with a couple of friends to skip ski day at school. The school called and I went to go find him. Long story short, I took him back school said he was truant, he was punished there ( and at home!) He was the only out of the four that I felt was held fully responsible for thier bad decision. Sometimes your child has to face the consquenses in all places for thier actions.

Patricia said...

Want "tough love" for soft love. My youngest leaves for college in 37 days. I want to knit her 7 pairs of socks, so each day when she puts her socks on, she'll about me and remember to make good choices. 3 pairs finished, 4 to go. "Tough love" would a good choice for the 7th pair.

lelah said...

I am still a new Mom, but I think I am embarking on my first "tough love" mission. My 18 month old was diagnosed today with intermittent exotropia in both eyes, so we are to begin eyepatch therapy tomorrow, for two hours a day. Keeping a patch on a toddler is an ordeal, I'm told, but it has to be done. I am just thankful it isn't something worse.

Kristina Knits said...

My husband is/was an alcoholic. I had to give him "tough love" and let him hit bottom on his own and not interfere or help him. I'm happy to say we amazingly have stayed together and not filed for divorce (although have been separated for quite some time), he's been sober now for 18 months, and we are moving back in together.

thehulkstoy said...

My high school sweetheart and I broke up 3 years ago. Since then, we've been close friends even though it's probably detrimental to me. Within the past 3 months, I've decided that we both need a break from each other because our friendship is hurting us both. Even though I still care about him deeply (i.e. love), it's not healthy to either of us to continue to talk. I know some day we'll be friends again, but for now it's tough love time.

Mimi F said...

Hubby never plans anything, but he planned his solo trip to puerto Rico on a red eye. When I asked him when we should go to the airport he told me he was 100 percent sure his plane was the next night. Well, since he was 100 percent sure, I decided to not correct him. Needless to say, he missed his flight by 24 hours.

Susan from Phoenix said...

Tough love? In spite of the begging and the fact that "all my friends have one," I have never purchased any hand held game device or ipod, or itouch for my children.

They have had to save their own money for months at a time in order to buy them. The devices are well cared for and have never been lost.

kj said...

When my dd was 3 or 4 she had her first and last tantrum. I sent her to her room where she proceeded to wail rather dramatically about "how can you do this to your only daughter" and so forth. After a few minutes I took my dictaphone and sat outside her door and recorded it all. She had been told she is perfectly allowed to behave in that manner to vent, however the rest of the world doesn't have to be tortured by it and that when she was finished she was allowed to come out of her room. When she finally did, I sat down in the kitchen with her and played it back to her. The look on her face was priceless - her jaw just dropped and silent tears started pouring down her face. She whispered to me, "Do I really sound like that?!?" I said "Yes" and that was the end of the tantrums. I really didn't know whether to laugh at the dramatics or cry at her sweetly innocent reaction.

CardiLover said...

Tough love is giving someone the tools to do for himself rather than just doing everything for him...though it would be easier and faster for you. I use this with my student advisees every day!

Karen said...

Tough Love- not treating my dog as much as I'd like because he needs to lose a few pounds.
I'd love to win a skein of that Sweet Georgia Yarn. Yarn Love.

christina said...

The most recent was having to take away the special shopping trip to get something my daughter really wanted because of her bad attitude and tantrum throwing (she's 5).

It was something we were both looking forward to. Perhaps another day.

The tough love part of parenthood is tough. We might have to take a page from kj's book and do a playback for my own daughter.

Ruby said...

Tough Love - It is tough not getting to go to Sock Summit because my husband has cellulitis that requires daily IV antibiotics and because I love him, I am here and not winging my way to Sock Summit. Could he not have waiting just a week or so to do this? Sock Summit is a very BIG DEAL. But hey, I love him and I am here.

Did you hear me pout about this? I heard me.

Ruby
Rav: mzcruse

Anonymous said...

Right now I am considering filing for divorce. There is no easy way out. Staying will mean hard work, and leaving will mean hard work. I have 3 sons under the age of 6. It's so difficult to make a choice that will affect us all for the rest of our lives. And so, a slightly different version of tough love...

Robin said...

For me tough love can be a lot of things, but one is definitely having to put down a knitting project I love in order to go fix dinner for the person I love most.

Stacie said...

Now that I have three daughters out of their teens, I can say that "tough love" is something a little different each time it's enacted. Like others here, I've pulled the plug on the computer (internet relationships), held the line on staying in her school though she was certain the public school was much hipper and more "real," refusing to do things for them that they were perfectly able to do themselves (make a ponytail at age 13!), etc. And sometimes tough love means standing back and letting them experience the consequences of their choices too. Very few regrets. Tough love is just a basic part of loving someone well!

The Sexy Knitter said...

I have to crack down on the Dr. (my hubby) with the tough love ALLLLLL the time. He's always whining about his weight, but has zero self-control when it comes to what he eats! Well honey, if you wanna lose the weight, you gotta do the work.

Gorgeous yarns, but then...I already knew that! Welcome to the Bean family, Felicia!

Debby said...

I found it hard enough to follow thru on the tough love concept when my kids were little, but did a fairly decent job of it. Now that I'm watching 2 of my grandkids on a daily basis, I really have to be strong and it's harder than it used to be. The only way they will learn to behave is to show them tough love, even if it means not getting to go do something I really need to get done in the process. I'd love to win some of that gorgeous yarn! Thanks for the opportunity.

Montymoo said...

My toughest tough love happened 2 years ago when my husband died while our daughter was away at her first semester of college. She came home mid way through the semester to be with us, but I made her go back for the second semester after he had passed, or she would still be sitting on the couch. She is now all caught up and will be a Junior this coming fall semester.

Bethany @JBW said...

Thanks everyone for sharing your Tough Love stories!! We were really touched by all of your comments! Check back tomorrow to see if you are one of the lucky winners!!!