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"If You Were Thinner, You'd Be Enough"

“If You Were Thinner, You’d Be Enough”

So much pressure exists for kids to be perfect at everything. My experience with an eating disorder has made me certain that our kids need to hear this instead: Do your best, be kind, give back, make healthy choices, embrace what makes you different. You are powerful. You make a difference. You are enough. ...
Why I Do (and Don't) Believe in Deliberate Parenting

Why I Do (and Don’t) Believe in Deliberate Parenting

I think parenting is the single greatest endeavor I will ever embark upon, and because of that, I think it deserves my very best, most deliberate behavior. However, I no longer believe that what I do is the only thing that matters.
No Leprechauns, No Valentine's Boxes, No Elves, and Why That is Okay

No Leprechauns, No Valentine’s Boxes, No Elves, and Why That is Okay

I want to live in a community where women can showcase their strengths and pursue their talents-- at home and in the workforce--without the fear of being or looking "too good." When women excel, at anything, it is good for all of us.
I Want To Be Fabulously Ordinary

I Want To Be Fabulously Ordinary

By the proverbial standards of the world, it’s easy to classify the majority of mothers, by virtue of what we do, day in and day out, as ordinary. But make sure you don’t forget to use the word ‘fabulous’ in front of that description.
Let Go and Love

Let Go and Love

Motherhood can be overwhelming. Many women can feel “mommy burnout” more often than they care to admit. Author Amy H. Fonseca relates her experiences with mothering and how the process of “letting go” of our baggage and stress can help us see motherhood in a new light.
The "Grandma" Version of Yourself

The “Grandma” Version of Yourself

When life gets overwhelming, sometimes it is necessary to gain a new perspective. The “grandma version” of ourselves is wise and witty and helps us to achieve the balance we need to survive the years until we do indeed become grandparents.
My Family Being Normal Is Questionable

My Family Being Normal Is Questionable

Is your family "normal"? Tiffany Sowby's isn't...and she's perfectly fine with that.
The Stockdale Paradox

The Stockdale Paradox

Motherhood is often punctuated by challenges, sometimes small and mundane and sometimes lasting and heart-wrenching. How can we get through them? The Stockdale Paradox, a mix of optimism and discipline, could be part of your solution.
Midlife Mom Blues (with video!)

Midlife Mom Blues (with video!)

We’ve all heard of postpartum baby blues, but what about mid-life mom blues? Allyson Reynolds gives 5 reasons her newest stage of motherhood (her youngest child started school last fall) is keeping her on her toes...and 5 reasons it's also really awesome.
I'm No Better Than You Are

I’m No Better Than You Are

Recently in a meeting, I happened to glance at the notes that were being taken by a lady in front of me.  Several of the notes she had written down were goals to be a better mother to her children.  I suddenly became squeamish in my seat.  It wasn’t the goals themselves that caused my discomfort,...
Five Tips for Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Pre-Teens

Five Tips for Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Pre-Teens

My oldest son is humbling me, big time. I'm in some uncharted waters as we head into the teen years. But I've figured out a few things that really make a difference.
I See Me in Your Eyes

I See Me in Your Eyes

What we think of ourselves and how we view ourselves begins in our families. What am I doing, as the mother, to shape how my children see themselves? It is not only my voice that becomes my child’s inner voice, but mine is the first.