Helicopter Parenting (The Good Kind)

(Inside: Why ordinary parenting has a significant impact on kids.)   I raised my head in anticipation as the hum of the helicopter grew louder. Back and forth it rocked. I knew the pilot, my dad, was saying hello from the sky. It’s one of my best childhood memories.    It’s true.   Except it’s Read More

Did You See Your Sacred Moment?

(Inside: Mentally capturing the mom-moments we never want to forget.)   Do you know what my recent favorite moment was?   I stood outside in the driveway, my fingers laced around coffee with salted mocha creamer. The steady bounce of the basketballs leaving my sons hands and thumping against the backboard floated in the air.   Read More

Walk Away from Worry with the Magic 5:1 Ratio {Printable}

(Inside: How to reduce worry.) I looked down at my wounds. Two lines of raw skin replaced where the strap to my fancy shoes had just adorned my feet. Every time I wear those sandals, my feet spend the next week recovering. Yet I still talk myself into that stylish pair BECAUSE MY OUTFIT WILL Read More

Photography – Lakeside (Empowerment Through Hobbies)

(Inside: Why hobbies empower you.) Hobbies empower us. They build our confidence and improve our self-esteem.  Hobbies also provide us with a creative outlet and way to reduce our stress. But, as moms, we can feel like we shouldn’t pursue our hobbies. Yes, we don’t have the same time as our retired neighbor, but keeping our hobbies at Read More

Get Your Kids Out The Door Happy And On Time With THIS

(Inside: A parenting hack to eliminate the before school chaos.)   The terrible-horrible-very-bad-worst part of our morning is when I announce “Time to go!”   We all simultaneously lose our brain cells. One kid can’t find his shoe, the other his homework, and the third decides to take a firm stance against why kids have Read More

When You Doubt Your Sons Learn Your Life Lessons

(Inside: One way to build your confidence as a mom.)  “I don’t get it. What does chivalry mean?” My 9-year-old son asked me from the back seat of our van.   His friend chimed in, “Yeah. Me too. I don’t get it either…   With my hands on the steering wheel, I edged into our garage and Read More

One Thing Every Middle School Parent Should Know

(Inside: Prepare your child for middle school. This one thing will help parents and children thrive during the middle school years.)   When I was in middle school, my mom came and sat next to me for two class periods to, ahem, “encourage” me to behave. I didn’t deal well with the big emotions of those transition years Read More

One Easy Way to Get to Know Your Kid

(Inside: Do we take advantage of the moments life gives us to get to know our children?) Clean socks dwindled, food became scarce, and the house turned into a wretched state – there was so much to accomplish. But I had a blessed day at home to catch up and plow through my to-do list Read More

Life Is Art, Paint Your Dreams (Printable)

(Inside: An inspirational free printable to empower you.)   My squeaky shopping cart stopped in its tracks. “Life is art, paint your dreams.” That’s it. That’s the life-giving art I’ve been dragging my three kids around the store trying to find.   Someone wrote that just for me.   I’m sure of it.    What the saying Read More

Why Alone Time For You Is Good For Your Kids

I spent the morning at middle school orientation with my oldest son and I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT. How is middle school upon us already? Yesterday, he slept in a crib, ate baby food, and refused to independently put on his shoes. I need a moment to digest this. So, when we got home, I Read More

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