(Inside: How to teach your kids to be kind even when they don’t feel like it.) Cleaning up the mess of our over $1500 in credit card theft had me edgy. Then I went to quit the gym. Which apparently is like telling membership services gravity is ending: What!?! The gym needs you! The pools open soon! And to quit – see that 500-pound weight that man twice your size is bench pressing? You do it
(Inside: Find confidence to beat your challenges.) Moms, you know the times when you work hard at something – whatever pulses in your heart you MUST DO – finally, you present your “product” with arms up, chest puffed out and a “ta-dah”? Then, crickets… That’s where I was at. I had an idea
My hand smoothed warm cheeks before I bent down and kissed my sons’ goodnight. The stairs creaked as I tiptoed down them to settle comfortably in my favorite zebra fabric chair at our dining room table. I felt my body relax into writing, the keys of my laptop feeling good against my fingers. The lights
(Inside: A simple family activity that will help you and your kids be happier.) “Mom, I hid in the bathroom because I was scared my teacher would make me read my paragraph in front of the whole class,” my son whispered in the safety of the dimly lit room as I tucked him
(Inside: How my husband and I exchange Christmas gifts.) Are you also in the phase of life where everyone else (kids, mortgage, car, Target…) takes ALL YOUR MONEY? (Help us, Dave Ramsay.) That’s our current season. This fact has shaped how my husband and I exchange Christmas gifts. We’ve decided…We buy our own presents.
(Inside: Overcome your working mom guilt and better enjoy both work and motherhood.) The Working Mom Guilt I lingered a few feet outside the main doors of the gym where my son was playing in his final weekend basketball tournament. Phone to my ear, I discussed work with my colleague. When I hung up,
(Inside: Create family-connection by learning how you and your family members feel loved.) You dropped one kid off at voice lessons, picked another up from swim team and the third you wrangled through homework with a few tears…from you. Do you get stuck in the busyness of life and occasionally find yourself wondering: Do I
(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
(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.
(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