Why Mom Mistakes Can Be Good

(Inside: Why mistakes as a mom can be good. Stress less about mom mistakes and see the good moments that come from them.)   I didn’t tuck my tween-age son into bed.   Instead, I slipped into my own bed and fell under the trance of Downton Abbey. (Which dashing suitor is Mary going to Read More

What All Moms Need to Hear in May

(Inside: TIred moms, May is a bear – but to get through, you need to remember this.)   This past Friday morning my 3rd-grade son factually stated he was sick and couldn’t go to school. He took his own temperature, sighed in exasperation then crawled back into bed declaring he was done. (“My fever is Read More

What I Told My Son About Girls

(Inside: Advice about girls for your son and conversation starter ideas.)    “What did you do today at recess?” I asked my eight-year-old son.   “Played girl-chase-boy…” – he paused before continuing – “…except a girl never chased me.” My son looked down at his feet, shrugged his shoulders and muttered, “So I went off and Read More

An Inexpensive Meaningful Valentine’s gift that Family will Love (Plus, Happy Valentine’s Day From Me to You)

 Inside: (A Valentine’s Day gift that holds a lasting impact nd thanks for reading Empowered Moms and Kids – I love you!) Someday other women will hold these boys’ hearts, but TODAY… I get to be their Valentine. I hope you are feeling lots of love today. Happy Valentine’s Day!     I’m a “Words of Affirmation” Read More

A Video to Get Your Kids Excited about Operation Christmas Child

(Inside: Teach your kids to give with a grateful heart.)  My son handed me the worn Target ad, its edges crinkled from fingers paging through it. Giant, uneven circles enclosed shiny transformers, expensive video games, and the epic Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lego set. I squeezed his shoulders, “Looks like you put a lot of time Read More

One Way to Get Your Kids to Cheerfully Clean

(Inside: An idea to teach your kids the value of hard work.)   I’m teaching my boys one way to a woman’s heart…  Cleaning.       And it’s working…so I wanted to share.   See this fabulous chore-chart/incentive-program/how-my-kids-earn-their-allowance thingy?     It’s a nice addition to our routine right now.    Usually, I just pin Read More

When Parenting Gets Hard

 (Inside: One simple thing to do when parenting becomes challenging.) My three young boys and I still had not made it through the security checkpoint. The airport was hot, our carry-ons heavy and we stood uncomfortably close to strangers. Turtles moved faster than that line. Turtles didn’t even have to be alive to move faster Read More

The Annoying Way Tweens Display Love (And Why You’ll Miss It Some Day)

(Inside: Better enjoy the parenting phase you are in. Why elementary-school-age is a great age to parent.)   My sister-in-law relaxed in a blown up lounger gently floating on top of the swimming pool. My 9-month-old’s legs dangled from my hip into the water he gently kicked and splashed.  As a new mom, I was Read More

To The Mother of All Boys (Huffington Post)

(Inside: Encouragement for moms of all boys.)   My second article made it on to the Huffington Post. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, it would be my honor if you would check it out.   I am a mother of three boys. No daughters. Just three wonderful sons. So, I have always heard Read More

Why Crazy-Mama-Knows-Best Moments Work

(Inside: A story to show why crazy-mama-knows-best moments work.)   This weekend, we headed out of town to visit friends.   Packing for a trip involves me being a perfectionist. (Meaning, I drive myself and everyone else a little crazy.) I needed this trip to be relaxing, so I decided…no stress, including packing stress…   Read More

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