Posts in the "Fun" category:

Somebody has to carry them to term, feed them, rock them, sing them to sleep and get them to the fun part of their lives.

A Few Good Moms

My kids don’t think I’m fun. But somebody has to do the tough stuff that makes the fun stuff possible! I’ve created a modified version of Jack Nickolson’s infamous speech from “A Few Good Men” to help explain my predicament.


Live Like a Tourist

if you’re feeling a little stale these days and not at all like the fun mom you used to be or thought you would be, maybe you just need to get out of your workplace (the home) and start living like a tourist.

Family time is sacred time.

Family Time: Just Show Up

I am not exaggerating when I say that we cannot do without this designated Family Time now. It is sacred and precious, and requires nothing but showing up. I had no idea anything about parenting could be this easy.

Photo submitted by Aubrey Degn

How I Justify Mommy Fun

Being a mom and being with children can be fun, at least some of the time. But I’ve had a a few experiences lately that have shown me the value of pure fun, just for myself.

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You’re Not Mean, You’re Stressed

I was attending my first Power of Moms Retreat! Would I find answers to the question:Why am I a mean mom and what can I do to stop? The idea hit my mind. The idea was this: I’m not mean. I’m stressed! This discovery has helped changed my life.


Favorite Children’s Books from 2013

Looking for some fantastic books to share with your children? There were a number of excellent picture books published in 2013. Catherine Arveseth’s list this year includes some old books, some new-ish, and a bunch that are brand new.

What!? Take care of me first?!

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Without nurturing their own energy, passion, and health–and without setting limits on their own activity–women are useful to no one. Self-care is about controlling your own health and happiness. It means the people in your life receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.

photo by April Perry

It’s Not the Playdoh I Love

The other day, my three-year-old, Spencer, asked if we could get out the Playdoh. In my mind, I was screaming, “NO! It will end up all over the kitchen. As I was about to verbalize these feelings, however, I thought a little deeper.

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Stop, Sit, and Play

Would you categorize yourself as a “to-do” mommy? Are you motivated to accomplish one more check mark on that never-ending to do list? Here are some ideas to help you add a bit of fun and spontaneity to life when your children want to Stop, Sit and PLAY!

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Picture Story: The Money Grab

Tiffany and her husband needed a way to motivate their five children to complete their daily tasks. Merv Griffin has nothing on the game they invented!


Special Time

With the new school year looming, I found myself mourning the long hours my older daughters would spend away from home. I knew I wanted to set aside time in order to have meaningful interaction with my children, but what? Soon, with a little help, the idea of “Special Time” was born: a simple 15 minutes a day, one daughter at a time.