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An Ode to Playfulness

By Yemi Lekuti | May 15, 2022
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I saw the lava on the floor, bubbling and hurling its molting hot liquid from the couch to the coffee table. I could not let it touch me. I pedaled as quickly as my legs let me before taking my hands off the handles to feel the wind rush past me. I needed to fly. I climbed as high as I could on the tree to see how far my enemy’s ship was. I grabbed the broken branch, pointed in no direction, and yelled, “Arrrrrgh!!” I defended my crew. I swam so fast past the octopus in the deep, blue […]

New Beginnings: The Journey to Healing From Generational Trauma

By Yemi Lekuti | April 18, 2022
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Encanto

By now, many of us have seen Disney’s animated movie, Encanto. For many of us, we may or may not have realized how many different mirrors were being held up to us as we watched each family member struggle to maintain the matriarch’s projected rules and expectations. We realized that there were messages we carried well into our adulthood, feelings and emotions that we kept lock-and-key or even moments of wondering, “Am I invisible?”  The journey to healing from generational family trauma is no easy feat. The paths chosen are complex, nuanced, and terrifying. However, as this is part of […]

“Into the Unknown”: Welcoming the Interruptions

By Yemi Lekuti | March 25, 2020
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Imagine taking a stroll down a beautiful green forest with wonderfully scented flowers, creatures of different types making their calls to each other, a calm stream of water to your right and on your left is a blank wooden sign pointing to nowhere. You see the path, but it is one you have never been through. Some of us may experience some nervousness or anxiousness about the new path. Where will it take us? Will we get lost? Can we find our way back to normalcy? You may feel nervous about the uncertainty, however, you can feel confident in your […]

Grieving What Once Was: So, Are We Still Friends?

By Yemi Lekuti | March 24, 2020
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We have all heard that saying: Life happens. We meet some great people. We text and call each other at the craziest times, share hilarious situations that happened at parties, 4 a.m. IHOP runs, impromptu road trips, and having sleepovers. Then, BOOM! Someone goes to graduate school and the other is climbing the corporate ladder. Calls become less frequent. Visits are impossible because of conflicting schedules and distance. And, eventually, proximity makes room for building new friendships. Pick Up Where We Left Off This is what basically happened to someone I still deem a great friend. I hoped that our […]

It’s You & Me vs. The World

By Yemi Lekuti | February 28, 2020
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Have you ever thought back to when you were dating your spouse and felt like there was nothing in the world that you two couldn’t tackle together? You saw your spouse in their element and best light, and you felt like you were on cloud nine. As life together continues, it almost feels like the smallest things seem to wedge their way into your relationship. Whether it is parenting differences, household chores, finances, or how often to have sex, these things can make you examine life itself and you wonder what you can do. Be Basic. This entails you and […]

Parents Having Confident Conversations

By Yemi Lekuti | February 11, 2020
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Whenever I am in session, doing a group talk, or casually speaking with parents, the frequently asked question starts with these curious words: How do I tell my child/teen (fill in the blank)? This is usually followed by an explanation about their anxiousness and uncertainty to deliver. Naturally, there are so many different factors to consider when answering this question because it is often rooted in a feeling parents know all too well: fear. Please do not throw tomatoes at me with my answer: you tell them. We are concise, direct, and ready to receive.  Be Concise Developmentally, you address […]

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