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Every day, mothers are being pulled in a variety of directions. Join us this month as we create margins in our lives, let go of perfectionism, take time for ourselves, and invest what energy we do have in living (and mothering!) deliberately.


Getting Things Done When Everyone Needs Us - Episode 64

Getting Things Done When Everyone Needs Us – Episode 64

How do we get things done and take care of ourselves when the unpredictable and important needs of our children, spouses, and friends keep cropping up?
Mom Adventures

Mom Adventures

During the summer I sometimes feel guilty when I ignore my children to do housework. Other times I feel frustrated because I give them attention but neglect essential tasks. I realized something needed to change, so I instituted a tradition that has since been the highlight of summer.
Self-Care Is Not Selfish

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.
Six Ways to Never Take Motherhood for Granted

Six Ways to Never Take Motherhood for Granted

I definitely don't have all the answers. But I have been thinking hard about what I can do to live my life more fully. I think there are some small measures we can take every day to make sure we are not taking the important things in life for granted.
How To Manage Your Mom Time

How To Manage Your Mom Time

Do you ever feel like your watch is running in “fast forward?” Author Daisy Phillips shares valuable tips on how to better organize our time and how this will help us create a more positive attitude about motherhood.
Back to School and Back to Basics

Back to School and Back to Basics

It’s back to school, and back to that crazy schedule. Power of Moms’ author Tasha Bradshaw shares great tips on how she keeps her sanity and finds balance and fulfillment by grounding herself to the basics.
Spiritual Sundays:  What My Daughter and I Have Learned from Practicing Mindfulness

Spiritual Sundays: What My Daughter and I Have Learned from Practicing Mindfulness

When my daughter started having trouble with emotional outbursts and controlling her anger, I started to teach her about mindfulness. She’s becoming more aware of her emotions and how to calm herself so she can respond instead of react when she gets frustrated, and I have discovered new insights about mindfulness and parenting in the...
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.
Picture Story: Their Own Tribe

Picture Story: Their Own Tribe

When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I immediately became concerned for my other three children. How could I help them feel loved when I had two new babies to care for?
3 Tips for Balancing the Hats in Life

3 Tips for Balancing the Hats in Life

My hats include my roles as a writer, mother, business owner, wife, volunteer, homemaker, and teacher. Some days, I feel like I wear all my hats with ease. Most days, I feel like I am scrambling to get everything done. These three practical solutions have helped me maintain some balance in my life.
Develop a System for Balance

Develop a System for Balance

How often do you find yourself feeling out of balance? It feels as though there are so many things in your envelope that you just can’t cram in one more thing, but somehow you manage to do it anyway. Your life is full of “stuff” and sometimes you feel that you are in the thick...
If I Had Four More Arms and One More Brain

If I Had Four More Arms and One More Brain

“If I had four more arms and one more brain, I might be able to help you.”  This phrase is uttered a lot around my house lately. With five children demanding my attention and help throughout the day, the playing field is very lopsided. I often feel like there is just not enough of me...
Should We Prioritize Excellence?

Should We Prioritize Excellence?

A few months ago, I took my children to an amazing concert and watched children perform amazing feats with their instruments. It was breathtaking to see these small people execute extremely difficult music. Then I wondered, do I have a gifted musician in my family?
Forget Balance, Practice Resilience

Forget Balance, Practice Resilience

Achieving balance can be an almost impossible feat for mothers in today’s society. Practicing resilience, however, is not only possible, but also essential in handling everyday adversity and change.
8 Keys to Building a Strong Support System

8 Keys to Building a Strong Support System

Social connections and a strong support system are key to a mother’s health and happiness, but mothers today often live far from “home” and the benefits of a built-in support system. If you're feeling isolated and lonely, Allyson has eight great tips to building your own network of supportive friends.
Eight Ways to Achieve Balance as a Single Parent

Eight Ways to Achieve Balance as a Single Parent

Are you a single parent who feels like no one is one the other side of the teeter-totter to balance you out? Join author Christina J. Robert as she shares eight strategies for all mothers to maintain balance in both their personal and family lives.
Flexibility is the New Balance: Applying what I Learned at the Office to My Home

Flexibility is the New Balance: Applying what I Learned at the Office to My Home

All mothers would agree that life is a juggling act with shifting roles, responsibilities, and even realities. Find out what this mother learned at work and applied to her mothering that made all the difference.
Introduction to The Power of Balance

Introduction to The Power of Balance

Yes, these are rocks — but not just any rocks. They're balanced rocks. My family stood for 20 minutes and watched a man slowly and carefully transform rocks into perfectly-balanced works of art. It was breathtaking.
"Murder your Darlings": Applying Writing Advice to Motherhood

“Murder your Darlings”: Applying Writing Advice to Motherhood

Allyson Reynolds is talking metaphorically here. The phrase comes from a professor of English--the idea is to write objectively and avoid getting so lost in love with your favorite words, phrases, or ideas that you can’t “murder” them for the sake of creating something more succinctly wonderful. Now Allyson's applying it to motherhood (again, metaphorically)....

Short Shorts and Mothering Teens

Editor’s note: We are trying to keep our posts at The Power of Moms quite short (we know you’re busy!), but because we feel that this guest post from Sarah at Memories at Clover Lane offers great persepctives about raising teens, we decided to publish a longer version than is typical of what you’ll find on...
Perspectives on Balance- Episode 38

Perspectives on Balance- Episode 38

What does balance really mean? In this one-hour podcast, Saren Loosli and Chrysula Winegar discuss how examining your priorities will help you find balance.
Spiritual Sundays: Greeting the Dawn

Spiritual Sundays: Greeting the Dawn

On a normal day, irritations can pile up and I roll with the punches. However, on a day like yesterday, I just can't handle the toys, blankets, clothes, and Legos that are STILL on the floor (despite three kids being asked three times to clean them up). What to do?
A Three-Minute Daily Balance Solution

A Three-Minute Daily Balance Solution

It's important to accept that perfect, ongoing balance is just not going to be possible for most of us. And that's OK. But it's also important to find a simple system for ensuring that we do some things we really care about every day.
Balance Begins with Me

Balance Begins with Me

My past experiences and our life as a globally mobile family have taught me that if I want balance, if I want time for relationships, and if I want time for rejuvenation, it needs to start with me. I alone am responsible for making this happen.
Balance and Fly: Our Story

Balance and Fly: Our Story

After months of feeding my newborn, changing her diapers and occasionally getting a shower, I realized something was missing. Balance. I had no clue how to find the magical formula until I attended a yoga class.
There's No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

I'm all for moms having the opportunity to excel in areas outside the home, but this experience taught me that I am valued the most by the ones who call me Mom.
Book Summary: Stress-Free for Good

Book Summary: Stress-Free for Good

Does living "stress-free" sound too good to be true? This book will not take the "stressful" things out of your life, but by describing a series of stress-reduction techniques, it will teach you to respond beautifully to the pressures each of us face. I just wish I had read this 15 years ago!...
10 Ways to Achieve Mommy Burnout

10 Ways to Achieve Mommy Burnout

There have been many times as a mother when I have experienced mommy burnout. While mommy burnout is probably most acute during the years when there are infants and toddlers in the home, I’ve learned that burnout can occur at any stage of motherhood.
Plans and Seasons

Plans and Seasons

Have you ever watched a gymnast perform the daunting task of a balance beam routine? The skill, precision and strength required to complete the task can be overwhelming. Please join author Danielle Porter as she shares how having plans and remembering the different phases of life can help us find balance in our lives.
Book Summary: Life Matters

Book Summary: Life Matters

How do you define balance? Does balance look like a scale to you, where every aspect of your life gets the same amount of time and energy? Or does balance look like a baseball field where you're trying to run around the diamond fast enough to touch each base? These are common “myths” that we...
Take Time to Enjoy the Sunshine

Take Time to Enjoy the Sunshine

There is a delicate balance between getting things done and taking time to enjoy the little things that make life grand. How fleeting these moments are! I let one slip by and sure enough, my heart broke.
Juggling Balance

Juggling Balance

My definition of balance is more a feeling that I am doing the best I can in each area of my life at any given moment. Because honestly, when you try to get all of items on the top of this equation to equal balance, not everything is going to run smoothly.
To Do or Not to Do: How Do You Decide?

To Do or Not to Do: How Do You Decide?

I've got a question burning inside me for all the moms out there: How do you stop trying to do too much? In spite of all I do to be an organized, balanced, happy mother, I am still trying to do too much, and I don't know how to stop.
Have You Ever Put the House Before the Children?

Have You Ever Put the House Before the Children?

Every day requires constant decision-making . . . clean up the mess or enjoy the children? Here are three guiding principles that continually set me straight.
Inspiring Balance

Inspiring Balance

Everyone told me that my life would never be the same after my son was born. I knew they were right, but I had no idea the extent to which my life would be turned upside down! As one of millions of working mothers, I struggle daily with the pull between what I love to...
The Tightrope Walker - Part 2

The Tightrope Walker – Part 2

Motherhood is like a three-ring circus. You are the juggler, the lion tamer, and the clown. But the one act mothers do over and over again is the tightrope walker. Today’s post is the second, in a four-part series, from The Power of Moms author Amanda Hamilton Roos, on balance.
The Tightrope Walker - Part 1

The Tightrope Walker – Part 1

Motherhood is like a three-ring circus. You are the juggler, the lion tamer, and the clown.But the one act mothers do over and over again is the tightrope walker. Today’s post is the first, in a four-part series, from The Power of Moms author Amanda Hamilton Roos, on balance.
Spiritual Sundays: What Do You Do When Life Is Hard?

Spiritual Sundays: What Do You Do When Life Is Hard?

I went to visit a mother the other day who is going through ten times as many challenges as I am. As we spoke she said, "I know I won't be challenged beyond what I can bear, but I feel so maxxed out. How am I going to get through this?"
Is Mommy Too Busy?

Is Mommy Too Busy?

I am a very fast paced person. I love to be busy. I relish in the feeling of completing a task. I hate to be interrupted. When my first baby was born, I remember my greatest concern was that he would slow me down and then....
How Did Life Get So Busy?

How Did Life Get So Busy?

I now realize I don’t give my kids my full attention as often as I should. Yes, as a benefit of working from home, I see my kids much more. And most of that time is still spent doing other things. When did my life get so busy that my kids have to tug on...
Keeping Our Focus (Part 1: With Our Children) - Episode 12

Keeping Our Focus (Part 1: With Our Children) – Episode 12

Do you want to be sure that the time you spend with your children is quality time? Whatever the ages and stages of our children, our time together matters.
Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Sometimes I can do acrobatics on the tightrope of my daily journey. Other days I’m barely hanging on by my pinkie finger. However, despite the many hurdles on this journey I’ve found ways to be personally stable and balanced; my keys to steadiness. ...
Muffins For Dinner

Muffins For Dinner

I find it painfully ironic that this is the month we’re focusing on The Power of Balance.This month: the month I have more on my plate than I should, the month I’m losing my mind, the month I am the queen of unbalance.
Mother Pose

Mother Pose

My first experience with a yoga balance (or pose) consisted of me wobbling on one foot inside a quiet room, desperately hoping the other 30 participants in the yoga class wouldn't notice if I toppled over. "Don't fall, don't fall, don't fall," I ordered myself.Thud.
How to Let Go of a Lot of Things a Little Bit

How to Let Go of a Lot of Things a Little Bit

What do electrical tape, monkey costumes, and cupcakes have in common? They facilitate balance. (Read on to find out why.)
Would Your Child Stare At A Screen All Day If You Let Them?

Would Your Child Stare At A Screen All Day If You Let Them?

One exhausting morning, I set my four-year-old, at the computer with a couple of CD-Roms, and I dozed on the couch next to him. Three hours later, I woke up and saw Ethan happily twisting in the "spinny chair," his eyes just glued to the screen.
Live In the Moment

Live In the Moment

I have been inspired to try harder to live in the moment with my kids.
Learning Day By Day

Learning Day By Day

Personal development continues throughout our lives. Lifelong learning benefits both mom and family. Read on for ways to continue learning amid the piles of laundry...
How I Survive

How I Survive

My Dos and Don’ts: I don’t fold ANYONE’S underwear. Ever. I don’t freak out when I find my teenager frying live crickets in my best frying pan plus, there's so much more!
Post Retreat Let Down and the Importance of Daily Motivation

Post Retreat Let Down and the Importance of Daily Motivation

I recently left The Power of Moms Retreat with a complete sense of empowerment and hope. It was quite possibly the first time I had left a seminar on motherhood not feeling the undeniable sting of guilt.
What NOT to Regret

What NOT to Regret

After I had three children, I needed to do some soul-searching. Out of necessity, I had grown a hobby into a business. I was still at home all week, but I would fit "work" into times when my husband was home. It was a lucrative business, and it seemed like my dream job until...
Finding Balance in Our Sometimes-Frazzled Lives - Episode 10

Finding Balance in Our Sometimes-Frazzled Lives – Episode 10

  Ever find yourself saying, “There isn’t enough of me to go around” or “I just can’t fit one more thing into this day” or “I’m feeling so frazzled right now”?  Having time in each day to do all the things you want to do to be a great mom is a huge balancing act. ...
Book Excerpt: Mitten Strings for God

Book Excerpt: Mitten Strings for God

Editor’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Katrina Kenison’s book, Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry (Grand Central Publishing, 2002) Being a mother today seems to require that we move too fast most of the time. Much as we may crave quiet interludes with our children, family mealtimes, and meaningful rituals,...
Idle Threats

Idle Threats

I had a hard day with my seven-year-old. The day had been difficult, and bed time had been even worse. Sharing a room with a younger sibling made it even harder. The tantrum had gone on long enough, and I was frustrated. I mandated my expectation and the consequence that would be given if it...
Bringing Back Your "Mojo" - Episode 9

Bringing Back Your “Mojo” – Episode 9

Do you ever feel empty, unsatisfied, or like something is missing? Do you feel guilty because you have a good life, but you are always looking for more? Are you under the impression that being a mom should fill and complete you . . . but it doesn’t? That’s okay! You’re in good company. After...
Dance Through Motherhood

Dance Through Motherhood

Rarely does a story stick with me for 10 years, but this one (told to me by my friend Pam) has: One day, a boy walked into a room where an older man wearing head phones was dancing like crazy.  It was almost embarrassing to watch as he waved his arms, bounced his knees, and...
The 15-Minute Makeover

The 15-Minute Makeover

It doesn’t involve lasers, chemicals, pills, or suction, you don’t have to make an appointment with a professional, there are no unpleasant side effects, and best of all? It’s free! In fact, this makeover can be done right in the privacy of your very own home, any day of the week, whenever you need it....
Hats Off

Hats Off

Last Friday I attended a dinner for the women’s organization at my church.   I debated about whether or not to go, but thought it would be good to support the church by attending as many of the activities as I could so I went by myself and sat by some friends. The theme for the...
Simple Truths About Kids... and Moms!

Simple Truths About Kids… and Moms!

You know that poem, “The Little Girl”? There was a little girl And she had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead, When she was good, She was very, very good, And when she was bad she was horrid. Well, I have three boys and the last one fits this poem to...
Margins

Margins

My husband had just finished working 14 consecutive days, and my four-year-old son was making repeated requests to go build sandcastles. I knew we were in need of some “margin”. Margin is “having breath left at the top of the staircase, money left at the end of the month, and sanity left at the end...
The Tale of Surly Hollow

The Tale of Surly Hollow

I had sick children home last week. Fevers that turned into coughs, coughs that made me wonder if it was swine flu. (I’m already tired of worrying about this year’s flu season and it’s only October.) Luckily the fevers never got that high and the croupy coughs were the only residual sign of illness. Nevertheless,...
Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I’m writing this at my kitchen table on a beautiful, perfect, peaceful, glorious day. After getting the kids smoothly off to school, I checked my emails, took a stroller walk with my toddler to get some exercise, and stopped at the library to play trains and pick up books.  I know what we are having for dinner tonight. I...
Together Time

Together Time

  It’s hard for a mom to catch a break during any point in her life. In the early years of parenting, constant demands are heaped on us from babies and young children who rely on us for their every need. There are months, oftentimes years, when a mom’s much needed sleep is interrupted by...
One more baby?

One more baby?

      This Question was submitted by a reader (we love reader questions!):  You thought you were done.You gave away all of your maternity clothes a year ago, sold the baby swing on Craigslist, and tossed the bottles into the recycling bin.You celebrated when you threw away the last pacifier.You look forward to no...
Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride

It started with the usual oohing and ahhing.  The hotel’s desk clerk and concierge loved my four week old baby.  “Ah, so small!” “So sweet.” “How old?”  “What’s her name?”  Then came the question, “Is she your first?” I almost burst into hysterical laughter right there, but I composed myself and answered wryly, “Actually, no,...
No Sick Days For Mom

No Sick Days For Mom

  It’s a well-recorded and bemoaned fact that mothers don’t get sick days. In this profession, if I were to check out for a day to nurse a sub-par body, 1) chaos would ensue and 2) number 1 wouldn’t even have a chance to happen because the small humans for whom I work would not...
Cutting Corners

Cutting Corners

I recently attended a writing conference, and received some wonderful advice from philosophy professor and children’s book author Claudia Mills. I laughed when I heard it, but now it has become my mantra. It goes like this: “The key is cutting corners and having very low expectations.” Mills was talking specifically to writers about making...
Managing Time Online - Episode 3

Managing Time Online – Episode 3

My children are dancing around me in the kitchen, anxious to go out to Chuck E. Cheese, and I am typing on my computer, trying to finish “just one more thing.”  For many moms in this digital age, balancing on and off-line relationships, work, and activities can be a challenge. How can we let the...
Taxi Cab Confession

Taxi Cab Confession

So here we are, the calm before the storm.  It’s about 1:30 PM time and time for me to fuel up. It’s hard being a taxi driver. You never know who you’re gonna get once that door opens up. You never know if you’ll need to be a cheerleader, a doctor, a problem-solver or just the...
Baby on Board

Baby on Board

  Submitted by Judy Kay Kyker: Now that Jack has become a maniac crawler, our morning-nap school hours are even more precious (I home-school my kids). Even just a week ago I could set him down with a few toys and know that he would be perfectly happy right there in one little spot while...
The Beauty of Asking for Help*

The Beauty of Asking for Help*

I’m slowly checking off my summer bucket list. Today was tie dye, peaches and strawberries, picnic dinner at Descanso Gardens (with live music) and back home for root beer floats. Even better, tonight at Descanso Gardens I was able to do one of my favorite things. For our picnic dinner I made a really yummy...
Decide When Enough is Enough

Decide When Enough is Enough

Each year as the school year winds down I make the same goal: to let my kids be kids for the summer. Let them imagine and have downtime. I have big plans to hang out, just the six of us, and go to the library and have our own kind of field trips. Each year...
Book Summary: Momfidence!

Book Summary: Momfidence!

I'm just going to quote from the back cover...it describes it well: "If the latest 'breakthrough' child-development theory, parenting technique, or child-appropriate diet makes you worry or groan (or just want to lie down for a nap), it's time to make way for Momfidence! Paula Spencer, parenting...
Book Summary: You Staying Young

Book Summary: You Staying Young

This book has been widely publicized, so you most likely know the basic premise. It is “The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty.” The book goes through your basic body systems and then discusses how they function best and what we can do to stay feeling our best. Young is less and how you look...
I Begin to Understand

I Begin to Understand

Over the summer, while we had my friend and her kids living with us, there were some serious challenges. I hoped blessings would come out of those challenges, and the blessing I really wanted was to be a better mom.  While the Thomas family was here, I astounded myself (not all that hard) by how...