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Acceptance
Ix-nay On the Erfection-pay

Ix-nay On the Erfection-pay

My eight-year-old insisted on spending her money on bedraggled mums. I was positive there would be no way to get those mums properly planted. She finally convinced me she would take care of the mums, and so she bought them and has been faithfully tending them. And I've learned the true meaning of "perfect".
It's Going to be Hard - and that's OK

It’s Going to be Hard – and that’s OK

This has been a crazy week. We've had conflicting events involving family members pretty much every evening; one son has needed tons of help with homework every afternoon while the neighbors keep coming over to play...
Yelling and Mother's Guilt

Yelling and Mother’s Guilt

I’m one of those people who is susceptible to every form of Mother’s Guilt. But when I read about a study addressing the negative effects of parents yelling at their teenagers, I decided ENOUGH. I'm resolving to reject this latest guilt trip.
Peace IS Possible

Peace IS Possible

How do we be calm in our hearts when our kids are crying and our minds are cluttered with worries about everything from finances to what to make for dinner to how a certain child is behaving? Saren shares important tips and includes a recent TV clip.
Is Your Child a Success?

Is Your Child a Success?

Farnoosh Shahrokhshahi's reaction to the passing grade his son, Aria, earned in math put them both on the Today Show. After seeing this father’s reaction (and the effect it had on his son), Allyson realized again how important it is to understand there are varying definitions of “success”, and to celebrate those successes like crazy....
Acceptance Comes First

Acceptance Comes First

Acceptance in motherhood is the foundation for everything else. As soon as we can accept that motherhood is hard--really hard--and that we’re not going to do everything perfectly all of the time, then we find more peace and prepare ourselves for progress as moms.
Learning to Accept Help from Others

Learning to Accept Help from Others

As mothers, we sometimes put so much pressure on our own shoulders to appear as though we have it all together...while on the inside we are screaming for a little help. Sometimes that help has already been offered, but we turned it down in order to maintain a facade.
Lower Expectations = More Happiness

Lower Expectations = More Happiness

When we go into a new day thinking, “I'm going to get all this stuff done and have magical moments with my children,” we end up disappointed somewhere along the way. While it's great to be positive, it's also great to be realistic!
The Other Mothers

The Other Mothers

You see them everywhere you go. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They appear harmless, even friendly. You’ve been exposed to them your entire life but they still have the power to intimidate you. Who are they? The other mothers.
Picture Story: He Just Wants Me

Picture Story: He Just Wants Me

All too often I try to occupy my son with toys and movies so that I can get my chores done. But even if he had all the toys in the world, he still would not be completely happy.
Stamping Out Perfectionism in Motherhood (video included)

Stamping Out Perfectionism in Motherhood (video included)

In the quest to be better, sometimes women get sidetracked with the quest to be perfect. Author, Allyson Reynolds, defines what the "perfect mother" really looks like.
Center Stage

Center Stage

My credentials are far from extraordinary. I don’t anticipate ever seeing my name in lights and I will never be cast in a Broadway play. However, in the course of my life, there will be many things that I will be famous for. And my legacy will live on in the lives of my children....