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The Wikipedia definition of patience is a “good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.” (Well, if that doesn’t just say it all!) Certainly patience as a mother does encompass this behavior, but what about patience for ourselves as we try to figure out this motherhood gig, or patience with long term situations that aren’t going to resolve any time soon, or patience through perspective – recognizing that each season of mothering will pass? These are the many faces of patience we will be covering this month, so get ready for some great insights from our Power of Mom authors who are struggling to develop patience just as much as you!
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"The Witching Hour"- Episode 63

“The Witching Hour”- Episode 63

In this episode, April and Saren share memories and helpful strategies to help you get through that late afternoon "witching hour" and/or transform it into a positive part of your day.
One Mom's Journey with Autism: Episode 49

One Mom’s Journey with Autism: Episode 49

In this podcast April Perry with Mary Jenkins discuss how The Power of Moms has helped create more structure in her family. She also talks about her favorite resources for children with autism, and provides encouragement for other mothers as well.
Landing Gratitude

Landing Gratitude

Why didn’t life go my way? Our accountant made an error and we owed $10,000 in taxes due that day! I wish I could tell you what happened inside my head that day and all I can say is I think I finally landed gratitude.
Compassion In Neverland

Compassion In Neverland

Are there days when you just want to tell your kids to dust off the boo-boo themselves, even though you see a pinprick of blood on their knee and a puddle of tears behind their eyes? Author Amy Fonseca gives advice on how to overcome “compassion fatigue” as mothers.
Mine!

Mine!

My sweet, darling baby boy has recently learned the words "NO!" and "UUGH!" and "MINE!" To his credit, he applies them appropriately. Just at inappropriate times. So, after going through this phase multiple times, here's what I've discovered.
Picture Story:  Ideal vs. Real

Picture Story: Ideal vs. Real

Are we so focused on creating the perfect memory to share with our children that we miss the special daily moments? Author Bethany Struthers shares how our best mothering memories will be created from real life as we exercise some patience and shift our priorities.
Light IN the Tunnel

Light IN the Tunnel

Do you ever feel like you're in a tunnel, and life as a mother just feels dark, low, and uncertain? Here are my very best ideas for making those tunnels into refining moments that are full of light.
What Would the Trees Say?

What Would the Trees Say?

When Tiffany was six years old, her dad took a photograph of her brother "holding up" a tree while they were vacationing in a small canyon. Some 35 years later, Tiffany and her family were in that same canyon. Remembering that photo taught Tiffany a poignant lesson about our attempts to raise our families. ...
Power of Moms Pick: How to Ensure that You Will Not Yell at Your Kids Even When You are Hopping Mad

Power of Moms Pick: How to Ensure that You Will Not Yell at Your Kids Even When You are Hopping Mad

Sumitha Bhandarkar, of the website A Fine Parent, wrote a brilliant article with concrete, doable ideas on how to control our tempers.
I Was So Mad!

I Was So Mad!

Do you ever feel like anger has a domino effect in your home? Kobie Hatch shares four powerful steps she used to teach and model anger management skills in her home.
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,...
5 Ways To Deal with Emotional Earthquakes (Video Included)

5 Ways To Deal with Emotional Earthquakes (Video Included)

I bet you've been there: trying so hard to be happy, calm, and patient for such a long period of time and under such stressful circumstances that you ultimately lose your temper. Allyson Reynolds suggests 5 ways to deal with the emotional earthquakes that inevitably topple our good intentions.
Mini Catastrophes and an "Attitude of Gratitude"

Mini Catastrophes and an “Attitude of Gratitude”

While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.
Power of Moms Pick: To the Tired Mom

Power of Moms Pick: To the Tired Mom

"The Tired Mom": That's pretty much all of us, right? Overworked, under-slept, and often without recognition for the sacrifices we make. To all of us, Rachel M. Martin wrote a lovely tribute, "To the Tired Mom."
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.
How to Renegotiate with Yourself

How to Renegotiate with Yourself

Do you ever make long, complicated lists and expect yourself to accomplish EVERYTHING? I learned (the hard way) that it's much better to learn the art of renegotiation.
Living for Wednesday

Living for Wednesday

As moms we have hard days. Someone is sick, jobs are lost, days are long, money is tight, messes are made, things don’t go as planned. But there is a bright tomorrow. Maybe it’s not a literal tomorrow, but there is an ending to the difficulties somewhere in your future.
WOW MOM

WOW MOM

Do you ever wish you had your own personal cheerleader as a mother? Someone to cheer you on when you seem to be losing the daily battle? Learning to pat yourself on the back when no one else does is a hard, and much needed task, for any mother. In her article, “WOW MOM” Power...
Reality Check

Reality Check

Summer is half over, and Allyson Reynolds finally made it to the library with her kids (for the first time). Needless to say, her best-laid plans to create a meaningful, productive summer for her children haven't exactly come to fruition. But that's OK!
Power of Moms Pick: The Important Thing about Yelling

Power of Moms Pick: The Important Thing about Yelling

Yelling at our children can seem like an impossible habit to break. But Rachel Stafford, of Hands Free Mama, did it. If you're looking for inspiration and encouragement to change, you'll want to check out her post.
Dwell in the Light

Dwell in the Light

On a bad day, the last thing I want is for someone to tell me to think positive. But I’ve come to realize that many optimists are not naturally sunny people; they are learned optimists who really have to work at it. And I’m ready to be one of those people, one of those mothers....
The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

Have you ever had one of those school breaks when everything goes wrong? When 100 things all combine to make it horrible? We just had one, and I never want it to happen again.
The Full Truth

The Full Truth

I don’t know exactly why postpartum depression hit me with the last birth and not the first two--and though that is frustrating, I’ve come to realize that I am just not privy to the full truth of hormones, sleep deprivation and postpartum life. To get through postpartum depression (and the difficulties of motherhood generally), I...
From Toilets to Tantrums:  Lessons My Toddlers Taught Me About Patience

From Toilets to Tantrums: Lessons My Toddlers Taught Me About Patience

Going through the toddler years six times with six different children has taught me perspective and patience. Now, instead of thinking, “This is my entire life, and I am failing as a mother!” I remember that kids go through phases. They just do. It is part of their learning, and that learning process may take...
Two Keys to Everyday Patience

Two Keys to Everyday Patience

“Somewhere between the early morning feedings and the endless toy room clean-ups, I’ve decided to find a way to enjoy these patience-promoting experiences, or at least most of them!” Join author Danielle Porter as she explains the difference between “everyday patience” and “mothering patience.”
Getting Kids To Listen

Getting Kids To Listen

Are you having trouble getting your kids to listen? Adina Socolf knows you can't make children listen...but you can help them learn.
Picture Story:  OCD Remedy = Beets

Picture Story: OCD Remedy = Beets

Are you the mother who follows your child around with the wet wipes? Do you find yourself a little OCD with the messes? Author Denhi Chaney shares her experience of defining patience.
A Deep, Uncomfortable Patience

A Deep, Uncomfortable Patience

All day, I had a sense I was forgetting something. If I could just remember it, my sense of unease would disappear. But I was surprised to realize I was not forgetting a task or an item to check off my to-do list. Instead, I was forgetting to have a deep patience with my own...
Three Strategies for Keeping Your Cool

Three Strategies for Keeping Your Cool

Here’s the thing: we are all going to screw up sometimes. No mother is perfect. Sometimes our best intentions and all our preparations leave us flailing, and we lose our temper...These moments when we mess up are the times when we have to be patient with ourselves, forgive ourselves, and try as hard as we...
Sometimes they drive me crazy...

Sometimes they drive me crazy…

Have you noticed that sometimes all your children seem to be having issues simultaneously - and that their various issues are exacerbating each other's issues? Well, here's a little glimpse of some of what's been going on in our house (some of it just might sound familiar).
Shoot For the Moon

Shoot For the Moon

When our dreams and goals seem just out of reach, sometimes looking at our lives from a different perspective is all we need.
I Love Bedbugs

I Love Bedbugs

I love bed bugs. I don't love how they creep across my blanket at night or bite me and leave red marks on my ankles. I love them for the lessons they taught me.
Baking Bread and the Importance of Patience

Baking Bread and the Importance of Patience

Fresh homemade bread is one of the best things in the world. But, it takes time and patience to achieve a great loaf. Join author Heather Hale as she uses her culinary skills to teach patience to her son, and remind herself of a few important things in the process.
Channeling Glinda: Patience and Parenting From the Heart

Channeling Glinda: Patience and Parenting From the Heart

Sometimes when parenting gets difficult, the Wicked Witch inside of us threatens to come out. Learn a few simple ways to call on Glinda, the Good Witch, during parenting moments like this.
Downton Abbey and Motherhood

Downton Abbey and Motherhood

Have you ever dreamed of having a house full of servants, a la Downton Abbey? Allyson Reynolds has three reasons why doing the domestic "dirty work" of motherhood might have its own rewards.
Nothing To Say, Something To Suffer

Nothing To Say, Something To Suffer

Do you ever feel like you have nothing to add on the topic of patience because you haven’t developed “a perfectly Zen attitude towards life’s troubles”? Join author Laura Kelly Fanucci as she examines how having a willingness to suffer might be the key to finding a bit more patience in our own lives.
Unrushed Moments

Unrushed Moments

When I expressed to my husband how frustrated I felt with my toddler’s slow pace and apparent disobedience, he suggested that I just stop talking, stop moving, and watch like a fly on the wall. In the moment when annoyance usually begins, I could just watch my son and see what he's doing.
Putting On The Brakes

Putting On The Brakes

Maybe families everywhere could benefit from slowing down and rushing less.
Patience Isn't Just for Kids

Patience Isn’t Just for Kids

Patience is a topic we usually reserve for our relationships with our children. But what about developing patience for yourself as the mother of these demanding creatures? Do you work as hard at having patience with yourself as you do at having patience with your children?
Are You Distracted or Busy?

Are You Distracted or Busy?

At a recent Power of Moms Retreat in California, one of the "issues" that kept coming up was how distracting technology can be. And I wondered, Is technology really "distracting" us anymore than our mothers were "distracted" a generation ago? How much are we distracted and how much are we busy doing things mothers need...
Introduction to the Power of Patience

Introduction to the Power of Patience

Photo by Nichole Carter As a mother, when you hear the word "patience," what comes to mind? (Besides, "I have none.") For me, it's the image of a woman who can "keep calm and carry on" amidst all the daily noise, chaos and demands of her children – whatever the age.
I Talk To the Trees

I Talk To the Trees

When I was young my Dad would sing this little tune - usually to the background of six kids banging utensils, crashing toys, yelling and chasing each other round the house while one of us wheeled through the kitchen on roller skates: "I talk to the treeeees.... but they don't listen to me."
Piece of the Puzzle

Piece of the Puzzle

Have you ever tried to complete a puzzle and gotten stuck with a difficult portion? Children are a lot like puzzles! Trying to work on one takes time, patience and diligence. Join author Wendy Jessen as she shares a bit of her own personal parenting puzzle. She discusses how finding missing pieces of the puzzle...
It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is

How do you deal with stressful situations in a healthy way? Rachel Nielson has a simple, effective way to handle frustration without resorting to negativity.
Knowing when To Breathe in and when To Exhale

Knowing when To Breathe in and when To Exhale

Moments come, and then they are gone. It is up to us, as mothers, to decide which ones we choose to “breathe in, long and deep” and which ones we let pass us by. Author Emily Ashton shares her beautiful thoughts on living from moment to moment and seeing past the tough moments...
Saying Little, Doing Much

Saying Little, Doing Much

Lecturing and moralizing (i.e. talking a lot) does not help our kids improve their behavior. A short statement of our beliefs and then silence can do all the teaching we need. We can even use just one word to help us get our point across.
Mommy's Monday Meltdown

Mommy’s Monday Meltdown

Are you trying to do it all, for everyone, on minimal sleep, and with a smiling face? Stephanie Sprenger shares her perspective on the messiness of perfection and the silver lining of a gloomy Monday.
Spiritual Sundays: Waiting

Spiritual Sundays: Waiting

I had to tell the boys "WAIT" several times the other morning. "Wait" seemed impossible for them to bear. It was just under ten minutes- nothing too long in MY time frame. But, are we able to "wait" through the Lord's time frame?
Moms' Body Image

Moms’ Body Image

One day I heard my daughter compare my body to Winnie the Pooh's. Most days, I make negative comparisons of my own. Join my journey to discover how to appreciate and care for our bodies.
Spiritual Sundays: Lessons I Have Learned

Spiritual Sundays: Lessons I Have Learned

I didn't realize how much I would grow as a mother, but as I reflect on my life now, I see that many of the lessons I have needed have been learned from my children.
Life is Full of Meltdowns

Life is Full of Meltdowns

Regardless of who is having the meltdown, me or one of my children, the fact is, life is full of them. So let’s prepare for the inevitable and devise a plan to deal with the many meltdowns that come with motherhood.
Never, Always, and Every

Never, Always, and Every

I am slowly and over time changing my expectations of myself as a mom. I'm realizing that I will not always be nice. I do not have to do everything right. I can’t say that I will never make mistakes.
Bag of Tricks

Bag of Tricks

Hi, my name’s Amelia, and I’m an addict. I’ve been addicted to perfection for about five and a half years now. Any addict will tell you that the first step to recovery is recognizing you have a problem. Well, I have a problem.
Surviving Your Own Recession

Surviving Your Own Recession

The resistance caused by our financial hardship has caused us to build financial muscle. It may take two years or ten, but by following these simple strategies the journey can be much more bearable.
Spiritual Sundays: Keep Afloat Outside My Comfort Zone

Spiritual Sundays: Keep Afloat Outside My Comfort Zone

Life is filled with unexpected challenges. There is a lot to be enjoyed and discovered through it all especially when you learn how to float outside your comfort zone.
Tried (But Not Always True) Methods For Developing Patience

Tried (But Not Always True) Methods For Developing Patience

Sometimes life really is hard, but we diminish our difficulties by comparing them to somebody else's. Then berate ourselves for feeling discouraged if we think our difficulties don't "match up”. The truth is, life is hard for everyone, so we can't compare the levels of difficulty.
Showing No Fear

Showing No Fear

Motherhood continues to humble me daily. Right when I think I have seen the biggest diaper blowout ever, my son decides to surprise me with yet another. Right when I think it can’t get any more disgusting, my son spits up while I’m bench pressing him. Show no fear!
It's Not Your Child's Fault

It’s Not Your Child’s Fault

Most of us tend to blame someone else when things go wrong. Like a child. For example, a child expects us to meet their every need, only to return the favor with whining or a tantrum when things don’t turn out just right. Don't be upset-they love you more than anything!
Mommy Detective

Mommy Detective

Do you find yourself wanting for more conversation (or any conversation!) with your children when you ask the typical, “How was your day?” Find out how a few new sleuthing skills can enliven your relationships with your family.
Spiritual Sundays: Be More Instead Of Do More

Spiritual Sundays: Be More Instead Of Do More

Before I got married, I graduated from college and had a thrilling job. I traveled frequently. I had the time and means to do anything my heart desired. Why would things ever be different? After my first child, reality hit.
The Birthday Party Crucible

The Birthday Party Crucible

Let's hypothetically say there's a mom out there who struggles with patience. She decides to take on a stressful situation to develop MORE patience. Here is the experiment: a tea party themed birthday bash for a group of six-year-olds. And here are the results.
Moms And Dads Are Just...Different

Moms And Dads Are Just…Different

When you leave your husband home with the kids, do you come home to a disaster zone? I often hear mothers complaining in a “joking” manner how their husbands can’t handle daily family life. Just remember this, motherhood isn't an easy job.
Book Summary: Mommy Mantras

Book Summary: Mommy Mantras

As any mother who has made a wise choice in a tense moment can recall, the confident feeling that follows is priceless.This book teaches how thoughts directly determine our actions; mantras can uplift our thoughts and allow us to act wisely.
Patience with Teenagers - Episode 31

Patience with Teenagers – Episode 31

California Mother of the Year 2012, Beverly Nelson, mothered 11 teenagers. She calls them "baby adults" and in this podcast, she and Caryn Payzant discuss the tactics she used to maintain patience and instill values in her teenagers.
Wit's End

Wit’s End

If anyone wants to know what a place called "Wit's End" looks like, just ask me. I go to visit there quite often. I guess the fact that life won't seem to slow down doesn't help. What do you do when you reach "Wit's End"?
Patience Is An Action Word

Patience Is An Action Word

We all know patience is a virtue, but how many of us know what patience really is? I think there is a major misconception that patience is a passive word. However, the older I get the more I realize there is nothing passive about patience.
Visions, Patience, and the Baby Phase

Visions, Patience, and the Baby Phase

I had visions of the kind of mom I wanted to be. A sufficiently organized mom who has a sense of order and control in a home of crazy, chaotic children. It's only taken me 14 years to get to the point where my day-to-day life finally looks like those "visions.
Discovering the 4 to 1 P.T. Cruiser

Discovering the 4 to 1 P.T. Cruiser

I’m always looking for ways to improve, so I took on a challenge. “Make your home life better. Make a special effort to refrain from judging or criticizing, and watch for positive qualities." This new formula was so powerful- it changed the atmosphere of our home.
Breathe. Be Happy.

Breathe. Be Happy.

Games are so much fun! I enjoy playing them, how about you? Here's one I’ve been playing; it's a mind game called “Breathe. Be happy.” Ok, so it's not like Monopoly but, it's best played when running late, which is always or when both children are crying.
So How Exactly Do You Feed a Baby Bird?

So How Exactly Do You Feed a Baby Bird?

On the back porch was an empty, hanging flower planter. It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing but, it suited a family of birds who made it their home. Occasionally, I would hoist kids over my head to look at the small, white speckled eggs nestled there. Then they hatched.
All that Glitters is...PURE EVIL!!!

All that Glitters is…PURE EVIL!!!

I have a house full of children who are all apparently in the "creative" phase of life. They love to generate stuff, and lots of it. If it involves markers, crayons, paintbrushes, beads, fabric or wood, my children (minus my way-too-busy-for-crafts three year old) are all over it.
Can Mothers of Infants Make Progress?

Can Mothers of Infants Make Progress?

We’re going to be talking a lot over the next month about The Power of Progress, but before we get too carried away with lots of pie-in-the-sky plans and goals, I wanted to address a special group of mothers that often have a hard time feeling like they are making any progress: the mothers of infants....
Becoming Snow White

Becoming Snow White

  Every other week or so, my four-year-old, Luke, latches on to a new movie or show and it becomes his entire world. He always has a favorite character and suddenly I find myself calling him “Chick Hicks”, “Cranky the Crane”, or “Randall” before he will respond to me. As luck would also have it,...
Spiritual Sundays: Enduring to the End

Spiritual Sundays: Enduring to the End

Editor’s Note: The Power of Moms is a website for mothers of all religious preferences. Our Spiritual Sundays section is a place where our authors can write about thoughts that are more spiritual in nature, and our goal is to gather a wide variety of perspectives.  If you (or someone you know) has something to...
If All Else Fails, Just Give Up

If All Else Fails, Just Give Up

Did I really just type that title? Aren’t we supposed to keep trying and never give up? The younger, more optimistic version of me would be appalled that I now view giving up as a viable strategy. It’s not that I’m jaded now. It’s just that I’m realizing that some things are not worth the...
Life Doesn't Get Easier - It Just Gets Different

Life Doesn’t Get Easier – It Just Gets Different

I’ve got five young kids who need a whole lot of time and love and effort from me, I keep up a household (not that well sometimes), I work to find time to be with my good husband, I run this website that’s going through a big fat re-launch right now, I keep up a...
Does Yelling Motivate?

Does Yelling Motivate?

Tonight my three-year-old and I had a little stand-off.  He wanted to wear his brother’s roller skates (instead of his own), and he thought that kicking, screaming, hitting, and biting would do the trick.  Dinner was on the stove, my husband was delayed getting home from work, I’d just had a full afternoon of unproductive...
Hold What You Have

Hold What You Have

I was watching old family videos the other day, and found one that made me feel a little guilty. Natalie had just started to giggle and I was doing all sorts of silly things to make her laugh for the camera. Luke was nearby trying to get in on the action. I doubt anyone else...
How to Train a Teenager: It Starts With Patience

How to Train a Teenager: It Starts With Patience

There’s a lot of talk in the world of paid employment about “skill sets.” Specific skill sets are desirable and even required for certain jobs. Without them, you may not get hired, and if you don’t keep up on them, you may get fired. But what of a mother’s “required” skill sets? For better or...
How to Keep from "Losing It" - Episode 7

How to Keep from “Losing It” – Episode 7

Cookies in the milk jug, tantrums at the grocery store, strong personalities you wish you could control . . . . It feels nearly impossible sometimes to keep your wits about you when everything seems to be going wrong. In this podcast, we’ll discuss questions like the following: “What defines patience?” “Is anger a choice?”...
Can our kids learn patience?

Can our kids learn patience?

“Just a minute.””You’ll have to wait.” “I can’t do that right now.” These statements, and their many variants, can be very difficult for a child to hear. Most children want their demands to be met right away. Their comfort, their pleasure, sometimes their very lives depend on getting what they’re asking for! (At least that’s...
A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

Firstborn children are special. You know why? Because they are the guinea pigs of all mothers everywhere. Let’s be honest, how many of us knew what the heck we were doing when that ceremonial hospital wheelchair pushed us out into our new world, bundle in arms, like a runner coming out of the starting block?...
You Can't Always Get What You Want

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

In our family, all of us (including me) often have a hard time accepting the basic but sad fact that you can’t always get what you want.  One day, as I found myself telling the kids “I’m sorry, but we don’t always get what we want” again and again, a certain song came to mind....
How Do You Handle Frustration?

How Do You Handle Frustration?

We’ve ALL been there. Frustrated to our wit’s end, sometimes we marvel at how expertly our children push us to the breaking point, as though that is their only object in mind. Other times we remember: they are just kids. We would not expect the priorities and agendas of young (or not so young) children...
Homeless But At Home

Homeless But At Home

Have you ever felt homeless? Been in between homes? Moved in with your parents…or in-laws? Lived far away from the place you call home? Or what about actually owning a home? I’ve been mulling this thought over a lot lately: What makes a home? We are currently “homeless” – living with my parents while we...
Special Perfume for Graduation

Special Perfume for Graduation

Each of my children were ready.  In just a minute their grandfather would be picking the kids and I up for my husband’s graduation ceremony.  I looked up at the clock and smiled.  Never had I gotten the three children together so efficiently.  Wow, I inhaled triumphantly, I really had things together this time…but wait, where had my second child gone off to? The house...
Six

Six

  It’s the number of people in our home who always need help locating lost items.  It’s the number of people who never clean up after themselves.  Six is the number of people that need attention each day.  Six is the number of people in our home who act as though without their mother (and...
Look at The Big Picture

Look at The Big Picture

There were a lot of years when I thought I would never walk by the diaper aisle at the grocery store without stocking up...I dreamed of the days that I would be able to sleep in instead of waking to that annoying alarm clock and dragging myself out of bed...
Confessions of a Mean Mommy

Confessions of a Mean Mommy

          Introduction: By all accounts, I am one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. The signers of my high school yearbooks unanimously proclaimed me “nice,” “kind,” and of course, “so sweat!” (sic). Friends and roommates in college found me to be gentle and forgiving. And even amongst my own family—mom and...
My Story

My Story

I recognize that when a mother comes to a website like this, she immediately asks herself, “Who is running this website? Do we have anything in common? Can I trust her?” So I’m taking this opportunity to introduce myself a little bit, to share my story, and hopefully inspire others to join me in this...
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...