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Thinking about why we’re doing what we’re doing – as mothers and as people – can really help us embrace a stronger sense of purpose and joy in our lives.
Why are you a mom?  What do you want to accomplish as a mother? What are you learning?  What are you gaining?
This month’s articles will really help you think through your own intentions – and will make Mother’s Day more meaningful for you than ever before!
Are You Feeding Your Child?

Are You Feeding Your Child?

My experiences caring for foster children and adopting our two boys has changed my thoughts and feelings on the question of feeding infants.
Life Lessons from the Lap Pool

Life Lessons from the Lap Pool

When I’m swimming laps, quitting in the middle just isn't an option--especially as I swim in deep water. The same is true for motherhood, but it’s not sink or swim. Here are the lessons I learned from the lap pool.
Raising Global Children - Episode 67

Raising Global Children – Episode 67

How do we raise children who feel at home in the world? How do we create homes full of rich traditions, fun (and educational) discussions, and exciting new experiences that build character and compassion? This podcast will show you how.
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.
Family Time: Just Show Up

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.
How I Plan to Stop Dieting and Be Healthier

How I Plan to Stop Dieting and Be Healthier

A couple weeks ago I realized that my opinion of my body has almost nothing to do with how it looks and almost everything to do with how I am treating it. Here’s my simple plan for a healthier lifestyle as opposed to a crash diet over the summer.
Nurturing Mother-To-Mother

Nurturing Mother-To-Mother

I watched curiously as the young mother struggled across the road. She was pushing her baby’s stroller with one hand, hauling a heavy tricycle in her other hand, and carrying a screaming toddler under one of her arms. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I could ease her burden.
Using Our Voices: Episode 45

Using Our Voices: Episode 45

You have a powerful voice, and the more you use it, the stronger it will become. Join Sarah Hull and April Perry (in their minivan-sound-studio) as they encourage you to confidently and deliberately develop your own voice.
Motherhood Defies Logic

Motherhood Defies Logic

There are plenty of logical reasons why motherhood should be synonymous with "insanity." But one secret I've learned over the years is that the beautiful, magnificent privilege of motherhood simply defies logic.
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. ...
When It's Okay to Ignore Your Children (Video Included)

When It’s Okay to Ignore Your Children (Video Included)

We’re all about looking our children in the eye, validating their feelings, and helping them feel important and heard. While I agree that it’s absolutely vital to acknowledge and validate a child’s feelings, I actually think there are times when the best thing you can do for them is to simply ignore them.
Picture Story: Dandelions

Picture Story: Dandelions

In viewing myself as a dandelion, I was able to understand my own position as a mother and the choices that I am able to make.
Bonding with Girls

Bonding with Girls

Have you ever struggled to bond with your girl whose interests only drift further and further away from your own? Amanda Roos found a way to spend time with her daughter while doing something they both love -- reading.
Children, Happiness, and Screen Time

Children, Happiness, and Screen Time

We all want our children to be happy. But when they perceive that their happiness is intrinsically connected to spending lots of time in front of a screen, what should we do? Join Holly Hamilton-Bleakley for great points inspired by Aristotle.
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.
Setting Simple Family Resolutions

Setting Simple Family Resolutions

Most of us set some personal resolutions in January. But what about our families? This is a great time to discuss what's working and not working in our families and decide on some things we're going to work on together.
A Powerful Alternative to Setting Goals

A Powerful Alternative to Setting Goals

I grew up thinking that the mandatory requirement of New Year’s Day was to create a long list of resolutions. So I did. And I still do. (Because it’s a habit…and because it’s fun.) But what I’ve come to learn over the past few years is that there’s an amazingly powerful process that helps me...
What We, As Mothers, Must Remember

What We, As Mothers, Must Remember

Desperately looking for a few quiet moments to think? Is there spit up all over your last clean shirt? If we want to strengthen the next generation of mothers (and ourselves), the details of our challenges can't be forgotten. Here are some ideas to help.
Book Summary: Simplicity Parenting

Book Summary: Simplicity Parenting

Author Kim John Payne asks if we are building our families on “the four pillars of ‘too much’: too much stuff, too many choices, too much information, and too fast.” Then he discusses four layers of simplification: 1) environment; 2) rhythm; 3) schedules; and 4) filtering out the adult world.
Introduction to The Power of Optimisim

Introduction to The Power of Optimisim

When I'm not feeling my best, the last thing I want to hear is that I should "look on the bright side". It's normal to feel down about life sometimes. But, just because we're down, doesn't mean we can't learn through the Power of Optimism.
9 Tips for Great Dinnertime Conversations

9 Tips for Great Dinnertime Conversations

Are you ready to take your dinnertime conversations to the next level (perhaps veering away from complaints about the food or bickering)? Read the best ideas from our Power of Moms community and print out a whole list of great conversation-starters.
The $100 Allowance (Part 2)

The $100 Allowance (Part 2)

Last year, Amy Makechnie’s 13-year-old daughter requested a lump sum allowance of $100. So, how did the experiment turn out? Read the follow up to Amy’s popular post.
One-on-One Time with Our Kids: Why We Must and How We Can

One-on-One Time with Our Kids: Why We Must and How We Can

It was hard to believe this morning as I was racing to the high school with my oldest daughter and giving her a “talking to” about getting in bed earlier so she wouldn’t miss her bus in the mornings that this time last week we were having the time of our lives together on a...
How I Enjoy Being a Mother NOW

How I Enjoy Being a Mother NOW

Fortunately for Tiffany Sowby (and surely for her children), she realized somewhere along the way to stop waiting for the next milestone and enjoy the NOW. Here are four ways that are helping her enjoy being a mother NOW.
Getting Smart About Your Kid's Smartphone

Getting Smart About Your Kid’s Smartphone

Believe me, I wish I didn't have to deal with the issue. But rather than wallow and whine about all the reasons it’s so hard to raise kids in the 2010’s, I prefer to take charge and make the best of it. And for me, that means getting smart about my children's smartphones. ...
Selective Mediocrity, Intentional Excellence

Selective Mediocrity, Intentional Excellence

I grew up playing basketball. It was my passion, and I dreamed of being in the WNBA.  I would shoot hoops for hours almost every day in our driveway when the weather was good. I played with friends, played on local teams, and played for our junior high school team where we took the district...
Spiritual Sundays: Lessons From A Paper Cup

Spiritual Sundays: Lessons From A Paper Cup

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...
Power of Moms Pick: 100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child

Power of Moms Pick: 100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child

We all know there are moments when it takes a great deal of intention to express love to our children. So when one of our editors saw Alissa's list of 100 Ways to be Kind to your Child, we knew we wanted to share it with our community.
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.
Power of Moms Pick: Why I Took My Kids' Toys Away (and Why They Won't Get Them Back)

Power of Moms Pick: Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away (and Why They Won’t Get Them Back)

Spoiler alert: Ruth's daughters DO have toys. They just don't have very many, and they are stowed away so they play with only a few at a time. What led her to make such a drastic change? What were the results?
Mini-Podcast: Three Unbelievably Simple Parenting Ideas (that Work!)

Mini-Podcast: Three Unbelievably Simple Parenting Ideas (that Work!)

Here are three simple ideas you can apply to your parenting today. If you're anything like me, you'll notice a HUGE difference.
Picture Story:  Leaving His Legacy

Picture Story: Leaving His Legacy

While I don’t share any of his DNA, I’m forever indebted to the man who moved forward into the unknown, but stopped for a minute to teach me that life is short, joy is intentional, and it’s never too late for a quick game of hide-and-seek.
Book Summary: Happier at Home

Book Summary: Happier at Home

Gretchen Rubin's book Happier at Home is NOT a manifesto about how a woman’s place is in the home. Instead, it takes the lessons learned from Rubin’s first work on happiness, The Happiness Project, and applies them to life at home.
Declare Your Intentions!

Declare Your Intentions!

Our lives are determined by our intentions. I am no longer the frazzled, “busy” mom I once was. Instead, I now try each day to pause, to create, and to intentionally be the mother I want to be.
Growing Pains

Growing Pains

As mothers, sometimes it seems like we blink and our children have grown and changed right before our eyes. Kortni Miller reminds us to savor each of our children’s moments in her article “Growing Pains,” as she draws attention to the seemingly small things we can savor in everyday life as mothers.
Power of Moms Pick: A Cushion Against the Writhing and Safe Harbor

Power of Moms Pick: A Cushion Against the Writhing and Safe Harbor

In these companion pieces, Rachel Hixon speaks of the importance of providing her family with a respite to a life layered with turmoil.
Hard is Good - A Message from our Grandmothers

Hard is Good – A Message from our Grandmothers

There are some days when mothering is about as fun as traveling at eighty miles an hour on a blistering hot day on a motorcycle with no windshield in a bug storm! But let’s step back a moment, take ourselves out of the here-and-now and look at the big picture.
Picture Story:  What I Accomplished Today

Picture Story: What I Accomplished Today

Even though I had a long to-do list, I realized that rocking and singing to my son is the most important thing I accomplished today.
The Passionate Mom: Book Summary and Giveaway

The Passionate Mom: Book Summary and Giveaway

Using the story of Nehemiah from the Bible, author Susan Merrill lays out a template to aid mothers as they “dare to parent in today’s world.” Five lucky winners will get a free book and t-shirt!
Book Summary: Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings

Book Summary: Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings

How is your teenager coping with emotions? How are you helping your teenager cope with these emotions? Dr. Mary Lamia takes an in-depth look common emotions that are encountered throughout life and combines research-based information with real life experiences to help parents and their teenagers gain powerful insight into a significant part of who they...
Hold On

Hold On

Mothers provide a constant, steady foundation for the family. And though many of us may feel weak and imperfect--hardly rock-like at all--we simply must resist the urge to feel powerless and undervalued.
Introduction to The Power of Intention

Introduction to The Power of Intention

The other day, I decided to abandon all plans of “productivity” and let the winds of motherhood carry me where they may. I’m all for spontaneous tickle fights, staying in pajamas until noon and enjoying unhurried conversations, but on this particular day, the “winds” of motherhood turned into a hurricane, and I felt like Gilligan’s little...
How Any Mom Can Adjust Her Family's Chaotic Schedule

How Any Mom Can Adjust Her Family’s Chaotic Schedule

Have you ever had a deep inner desire to take control of your out-of-control life and make it simpler? I did!
Book Summary: Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help our Teenagers Grow Up Before they Grow Old

Book Summary: Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help our Teenagers Grow Up Before they Grow Old

What do teenagers really need in order to grow up to be responsible and happy adults? This book offers excellent food for thought.
Turn Around

Turn Around

Bumpy roads, sharp turns, and unexpected dips are inevitable. Are you idling, checking your rearview mirror, or steadily traveling toward the ease of days ahead? Wherever you are in your journey, author Michelle Chase reminds us to take in the view as we navigate our way through motherhood.
Book Summary: Mom Rules

Book Summary: Mom Rules

A new book from the author of Dad Rules. We're giving a copy away!
Book Summary: It's a Jungle Out There

Book Summary: It’s a Jungle Out There

With Spring right around the corner, I knew I needed some ideas for how to have fun in the outdoors. This book is just what I needed to help incorporate the outside world into our day--it is easy to read, has lots of great ideas for every season, and perfect for families with children of...
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.
Living my Dream (which sometimes feels like a nightmare)

Living my Dream (which sometimes feels like a nightmare)

Motherhood once seemed like a nearly-impossible dream to me. Fifteen years ago, when I was painfully single after a hard break-up, I was overcome with sad thoughts - "What if I never find a husband? What if I do but I can't have kids? ...what if I never get that chance?"
Why Vacuuming Should Always Be Beautiful

Why Vacuuming Should Always Be Beautiful

Originally posted on Rachel Martin's blog Finding Joy, this essay reminds us that we ought not to let the mundane moments in life rob us from the beauty of normal that surrounds us.
Book Summary: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Book Summary: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

I've read this book many times. Each time I read it, I find specific nuggets of practical wisdom that I can immediately incorporate into my parenting. I use it daily--no hourly!
Merit Badges of Motherhood

Merit Badges of Motherhood

Have you ever seen a Boy Scout proudly displaying all of the merit badges he has earned? Do you ever feel like we should earn merit badges for all of the amazing feats we accomplish as mothers?
Spiritual Sunday: Getting "Ready" for Church

Spiritual Sunday: Getting “Ready” for Church

Worshiping as a family at church each Sunday is one of my top priorities, but getting ready for church is often much harder than I anticipate. What have you done to teach your children reverence for spiritual things in your life?
Spiritual Sundays: How Do We Become Like Salt?

Spiritual Sundays: How Do We Become Like Salt?

In many ways, the role of salt compares to the roles of mothers. You simply can't "sprinkle" your mothering on at the end. Your mothering needs to be "baked in" to your child.
Doing It All

Doing It All

I’m always impressed by the women around me who take the time to care for their families and others around them; women who seem to always be thinking of others and providing for them; women with full, busy lives, helping to lift up hands that hang down. Somehow, these are the same women who worry...
If You Know Why, You Can Deal With How

If You Know Why, You Can Deal With How

Recently, I heard my baby make a muffled cry in his crib. I immediately felt the flood of angry emotion amp up my mind, mouth and muscles. I knew that my two-year-old, Mikey, had crawled into the crib with the baby and covered his face. When I walked in not only was Mikey in the...
Getting Excited About Goals- Episode 37

Getting Excited About Goals- Episode 37

Sometimes I (April) struggle to help my children set and achieve goals.  I want them to be excited about life, and I want them to progress within their areas of interest, but the whole process can feel a bit overwhelming. So I teamed up with DeAnne Flynn, an inspiring mother of seven children (ages 8-22),...
Moms' Body Image - Part 2

Moms’ Body Image – Part 2

Our Power of Moms Community has incredible advice for any mom struggling with her body image. It's completely turned my life around. Join us!
Rushing

Rushing

If we are feeling rushed and frantic, situations will look like crises. If we are relaxed and level-headed, situations will appear manageable. Read how Lori Gale found new perspective in a situation where she least expected it.
Solutions to Moms' Body Issues - Episode 36

Solutions to Moms’ Body Issues – Episode 36

Ever wondered how to appreciate your body (in spite of all its "imperfections"), while also making time to give yourself the nutrition and exercise you need? You'll love this podcast with Dawn Wessman and April Perry.
You: Mother of the Year

You: Mother of the Year

When comparing ourselves to other mothers/women, why do we always see ourselves in our "clean the house day" clothes and compare ourselves to their "going to a wedding or church day"outfits?
Book Summary: The 7 Stages of Motherhood

Book Summary: The 7 Stages of Motherhood

Ann Pleshette Murphy was the editor-in-chief of Parents magazine for ten years. Drawing on her own experience, that of other mothers, and experts' advice, Murphy provides a funny, relate-able guide to motherhood.
Parental Hovercrafts-Are You Micromanaging Your Kid?

Parental Hovercrafts-Are You Micromanaging Your Kid?

We all want to give our children the best of everything, but sometimes that includes stepping back and letting them learn from the school of hard knocks.
Ready to Write Your Eulogy?

Ready to Write Your Eulogy?

For our monthly assignment, my Learning Circle decided to do something that seemed a little morbid at first. We decided to think about what we'd love for our children to be able to say at our funerals some day. And that exercise really got me thinking...
Moms With A Mission

Moms With A Mission

Do you ever find yourself knowing what the destination is, but are not exactly sure how to make it there? Author, Aubrey Degn, discovered finding a personal mission statement has changed her perceptions and intentions as a mother.
You can CHOOSE Joy

You can CHOOSE Joy

What mother doesn’t want to feel more joy in her work and in her relationships with her children? I don’t think there is any bullet list that can provide a magic answer but if I tried to make one, it would include two simple things: gratitude and love.
Rediscovering Myself: The Momma In Me

Rediscovering Myself: The Momma In Me

As a first time, single mother at age 41, this woman’s life was “rocked” by the birth of her little girl. She relates her journey of self actualization that brought with it some surprising new changes.
Apples, Oranges, Bananas

Apples, Oranges, Bananas

Do you ever feel like as a mother you fall into the trap of the “compare snare?” It is so easy to look at others and feel like we don’t measure up or ought to be doing something more. How can we identify our unique mothering qualities to make our family better?
Distracted, Distant, and Disoriented

Distracted, Distant, and Disoriented

My children and I are in a store, but there are a million things to distract my kids from staying close. I keep a close eye and wait patiently to see how long it takes for them to come seeking after me. Much in the same way, the Lord waits for us to seek Him....
Readers' Favorite Mother's Day Memories

Readers’ Favorite Mother’s Day Memories

I have to admit, I was a little surprised by the near complete silence that came in response to my request for favorite Mother’s Day memories. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, so I went to the place we all go to when looking for feedback: Facebook.
Clown or Clouds

Clown or Clouds

Do you ever feel pressure to conform to the choices and decisions of others? This family took a simple art project and learned how good intentions and being different can lead to greater confidence, contentment, and understanding in your family.
Mother At Heart

Mother At Heart

Motherhood truly knows no bounds. Enjoy this touching story of a special relationship between an adoptive mother and a vivacious young teenager.
10 Tips for New Moms

10 Tips for New Moms

I always knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom, but when it finally happened, I had a little bit of a hard time with it. In those first few weeks, I no longer could do anything I wanted and I often found myself frustrated. That's what I felt then but now... ...
Three Ways To Live Deliberately

Three Ways To Live Deliberately

Do you control your way of life, or does your way of life control you? Rachel Denning shares the very unconventional lifestyle her family has chosen and some great insight that works for all deliberate mothers.
Joy or "Just Wait"?

Joy or “Just Wait”?

As I wait at Target, I notice a young couple with a newborn in line behind me. Another lady in line asks. “Is this your first?” They nod proudly. ”Just wait…” she snorts, and then follows with a comment about unruly teenagers. We seem to live in a country overrun by a great lot...
My Plan To Not Be Perfect

My Plan To Not Be Perfect

Have you ever dropped off your children for school in your pajamas? Many mothers think that being a good mother is a portrayal of perfection. Taunie Reynolds describes how her shortcomings can create moments of teaching and learning.
Mother's Day: Dread or Delight?

Mother’s Day: Dread or Delight?

I've realized that Mother’s Day doesn't have to be about me sleeping in and being served breakfast in bed. Mother’s Day can be nothing more than me thinking about each of my children, how much I love them, and what a gift it is to be their mother.
Ten Parenting Lessons that Will Make a Significant Impact on your Child's Life

Ten Parenting Lessons that Will Make a Significant Impact on your Child’s Life

Do you ever wish your children came with an instruction manual? Lori Radun, a certified life coach, inspirational speaker, and author of The Momnificent Life, gives her "Quick Start Guide", based on her 21 years as a mother.
Becoming REALLY Rockin' Mums

Becoming REALLY Rockin’ Mums

Come join April Perry in a fun and meaningful discussion with Sarah Osmotherly--where we discuss why we need social time with other mothers, what we loved about our experience at the Retreat, and what we can do to become really rockin' mums.
Book Summary: Growing Up Global

Book Summary: Growing Up Global

This is hands-down the best book I've ever read about helping children to develop a healthy, beautiful, meaningful perspective of the world.
Kindness

Kindness

Pregnancy is filled with joy and anticipation. It can also be brimming with nausea, heartburn, and aching joints. My pregnancies fell mostly in the latter category. Here begins the tale of two pregnancies.
Defending Motherhood

Defending Motherhood

I think there is a general attitude in society that kids are an inconvenience and a burden that must be endured. My kids bring me joy and I LOVE being a mommy to my little brood! I hope I can pass that “love of being a mom” along to others.
Nothing Glamorous About It

Nothing Glamorous About It

Last Spring, I spent an evening walking through Georgetown. As I lost myself in the hustle and bustle of a busy city, I daydreamed of a life filled with shopping trips to Barneys. Then in an instant my daydream ended.
How Cool Are You?

How Cool Are You?

It seems that more than ever the moms of today want to be cool and hip. I can only imagine how silly this must seem to my own mother. Of course, trends of “coolness” have always been around, but it seems we’re obsessed with celebrity moms.
What Stage Are You In?

What Stage Are You In?

In less than a week, my family--and probably yours--will be back into the swing of a new school year. (We may be barely squeaking along, just trying to gain momentum after coming off our summer vacation schedule, but we’ll be swinging just the same!)
Glow of Satisfaction

Glow of Satisfaction

How does the “glow of satisfaction” feel to you? What does it look like? Can you imagine it on the face of your child? That was how I felt when I learned how to create a blog,
Picture Story: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Picture Story: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

To be honest, mothering has been what I had hoped and expected it to be. What I didn't realize is how easily I am affected by the negative patterns of parenting that I learned growing up.
You Don't Have To Make Your Mother's Pot Roast

You Don’t Have To Make Your Mother’s Pot Roast

I’ve always loved this story about the new bride and the pot roast:   “There once was a young bride who decided to make her husband a pot roast for dinner. After trimming the meat, she cut the end off the roast and put it in the pan. As her husband watched her prepare dinner,...
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...
"She Did It on Purpose"

“She Did It on Purpose”

Does it happen at your house too?  Kids are playing nicely together and before you know it, someone’s Lego creation collapses, or someone’s sandcastle gets knocked down or a ball goes out of bounds and over a fence.  Do you hear the same things I hear? “It’s your fault that happened.” “________ did it on...
Accidental Joy in Motherhood

Accidental Joy in Motherhood

I became a mother to each of my four children on purpose. Most of the time, I don’t want to imagine where I would be had I chosen another life. But, on some of the more challenging days, I remind myself this was my career choice, in spite of myself.
Book Summary: Loud and Clear

Book Summary: Loud and Clear

I've seen Anna Quindlen quoted in several books and articles I've read on motherhood, so I decided to go straight to the source. “Loud and Clear” is a collection of columns the author wrote for Newsweek and it covers a myriad of topics ranging from parenting to politics. While I didn't...
A Purpose Beyond Motherhood?

A Purpose Beyond Motherhood?

  When our kids are young, is motherhood supposed to be our sole pursuit?  Is it OK to have other things we’re also spending significant time on? I recently read this article in which Tiffany Gee Lewis talked about how she struggled while trying to focus entirely on raising her children and how she finally arrived at...
Cleaning Out Your Closet

Cleaning Out Your Closet

  Several years ago a friend said to me, “You don’t seem like yourself lately. You don’t seem happy.” Later that night I took a good, long look in the mirror and admitted to myself that I understood what she meant. I didn’t know where the old me had gone; and more importantly, I didn’t...
Planning a Beautiful Life (that Fits on One Plate)

Planning a Beautiful Life (that Fits on One Plate)

Today’s post is based on Mind Organization for Moms, a GTD®-based system developed by April Perry at Power of Moms. The fact is that there are more things to do in life than time to do them, and whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s generally because I’m trying to put too much on my plate. I understand...
Expanding Motherhood

Expanding Motherhood

When I was younger, my dream was to be a mom. I envisioned myself married, having four kids (two boys and two girls, of course) and wearing scarves on my head (hey, I was born in the 70’s!) while driving everyone around to Little League.
Own Your Choices

Own Your Choices

Some memories are more vivid than others. I have one that comes to my mind frequently since it happened almost ten years ago. At the time I didn’t understand how important the moment was, but now I can see why I’ve remembered it throughout the years–it taught me a great lesson that I needed to...
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....
Three Ways To Strengthen Motherhood . . . and Change the World

Three Ways To Strengthen Motherhood . . . and Change the World

I’ve had a few experiences over the past week that have kindled a bit of a fire under me: First, I read this article about a mother who decided to abandon her children to pursue her own goals and help her family learn to be more “independent.” The next day, I had a long talk with...
Liberation in Motherhood--an Oxymoron?

Liberation in Motherhood–an Oxymoron?

I just read a very interesting article in the New York Times called “Fear (Again) of Flying” by Judith Warner.  The article talks about how so many women in the 1970’s wanted OUT of traditional roles that felt restrictive.  They wanted to reach higher and expand their horizons and create new possibilities for themselves and women...
Are You a Tiger Mom?

Are You a Tiger Mom?

Whether you agree with her or not, Amy Chua has certainly given western mothers a thing or two to think about since the debut of her new book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom”. A January 8th Wall Street Journal piece titled, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” featured a portion of her book, and it...
Getting Teenagers to Talk

Getting Teenagers to Talk

After having raised a few teenagers, I have discovered something that works every time. If I make sure that I am sitting on the living room couch when they get home, they will come in through the door, sit down near me, and TALK!   I have experienced this “little miracle” again and again with...
Watching You

Watching You

It’s true. I’ve been watching you. Not in the creepy, lock-your-doors kind of way. But in the unspoken, wonder-and-admire kind of way.
My Choice

My Choice

I’m a mother. A mom.  It’s what I do, who I am.  For a while, I was a little bit confused. You see, I’ve been a full-time mom now for 10 years. I’ve enjoyed it. Laughed, cried, despaired, and learned. (How could I not?) But still. I haven’t had a lot of other options. More importantly, we’ve...
October Make a Difference Challenge: Sponsor a Needy Family For Thanksgiving

October Make a Difference Challenge: Sponsor a Needy Family For Thanksgiving

     October Make a Difference Challenge: Sponsor a needy family for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for your blessings and the plenty that you enjoy, but not everyone has plenty and many are going without at Thanksgiving and every other day too. The true meaning of gratitude is being able to...
Full Time Wife, Mother, and Worker

Full Time Wife, Mother, and Worker

Woman.  Wife.  Mother.  Worker. The above roles characterize who I am. A woman with great potential to achieve and accomplish anything I set my mind to.  A woman full of wonder, love, and laughter.  A woman ready to take a stand to defend anything that is true; willing to follow anything that brings great joy into my...
The Need to Rescue

The Need to Rescue

Submitted by Shanti Landon: Have you ever woken up in the morning and wondered how you became a grown up? I think I’m a grown up now. I mean, there are 5 rug rats running around here. I cook food, wipe bums, kiss ow-ees, fasten seat belts, unfasten seat belts…fasten seat belts, unfasten seat belts…I...
Motherhood and the Transfer of Energy

Motherhood and the Transfer of Energy

Here is a fun science analogy that adds supportive insight into how our choice to be mothers can be the very best investment for our respective nations, for our world! Imagine, if you will, two balls, one large and one small.  They’ll need to be balls that bounce.  Now if you have ever bounced a large ball and a small ball side by...
It's Your Lucky Day

It’s Your Lucky Day

“We could do it right now.  We have an opening.” I had just endured a good half hour struggling with my screaming toddler while the doctor poked her ears, prodded her tummy and punctured her skin.  (Her memory is now long enough that she is primed to scream the moment the poor guy walks in...
When Your Fears Are Confirmed

When Your Fears Are Confirmed

Nothing can really prepare you to get a phone call from the geneticist telling you that your child has a really rare syndrome that will change her life, and that of your entire family forever...even if you and your husband already knew it in your hearts.
A Good Neighbor

A Good Neighbor

This morning my neighbor Mary came over for a visit.  She brought her two little boys, the same ages as mine, and didn’t even bat an eye when my two year old balled his little hand up in a fist and punched her two year old.  Which is only one of the many reasons why I love...
Want Peace? Get Laryngitis

Want Peace? Get Laryngitis

  The kids have been sick: tonsillitis for some, just a cold for others. As a tribute to how much they love me, the kids passed on their illnesses to me.  (Ah, the sweet gifts of motherhood!)  I’m coming to the tail end of it now, but I have no voice.  And the best part...
Two Sanity Saving Phrases

Two Sanity Saving Phrases

“Huh?” “What did you say?” “I didn’t hear you say that!”   Sound familiar?  If you have spent any time with children, these responses are probably all too common. When our oldest child Emma was a toddler, I found myself repeating what I had just said over and over again, driving myself insane. It was...
Celebrate your Kids' Talents

Celebrate your Kids’ Talents

  One of those things I remember was the way my Dad would sometimes tuck us up onto his lap as kids and talk to us about what we were good at. He’d ask us what we thought our talents were and each time we suggested something he’d wholeheartedly agree, and write the first letter...
A Mother Without Children

A Mother Without Children

Submitted by Amanda Shaw: When I heard about your photography contest I knew that I had to submit this picture. I don’t know anything about photography so hopefully it fits your criteria. This is my all time favorite picture of motherhood. In the picture are two of my kids and my third is taking the...
Answering Hard Questions

Answering Hard Questions

One of my favorite things about being a parent is when one of my kids approaches me with a question. Something they are wondering about, mulling over. “Mom,” someone will say, “I have a question.” And in that moment, the pause before the asking, I brace myself. Because who knows what the question will be,...
The Economics of Motherhood

The Economics of Motherhood

Children are expensive.  Projected lifetime costs for raising a child range from $180,000 to $290,000 to well north of $1,000,000, depending on the neighborhood, possessions, and education one selects. Raising children exacts other costs.  One study reported that 93% of “highly qualified” women who wanted to return to work after raising children were unable to...
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...
Choosing My Words

Choosing My Words

  The other day I was listening to Ashton reprimand the twins for something they weren’t supposed to do – he was using such a mean tone of voice! The twins were crying and I told Ashton it makes the twins feel like he doesn’t really like them when he talks to them like that....
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...
Just a Mom?

Just a Mom?

Last summer I went to a high school reunion. Everyone was comparing accomplishments and talking about their fancy occupations as they held their glass of wine and felt very successful and grown-up. When I confidently expressed to my long lost comrades that I was a full-time mother of two, they tried to sound excited for...
Defying Gravity...Every Day

Defying Gravity…Every Day

When my husband was three or four, he climbed up onto the top bunk bed in his room and jumped off—fully expecting to fly (though he admits he kept his legs under him…just in case).  Unfortunately, no flight took place that day, poor guy.  I bet everyone has a story like that—a yearning to fly,...
"Big Kids"

“Big Kids”

I LOVE having “big” kids. What’s funny about it is that I never knew to really look forward to this phase. All my life I just dreamed of  babies. And from the time I held that first sweet newborn cuddled in a ball on my shoulder and listened to his sweet breathing in my ear,...
Book Summary: Who Moved My Cheese?

Book Summary: Who Moved My Cheese?

This is a popular business book, written to encourage us to deal with change in a healthy, productive manner. Although the book itself doesn't specifically address motherhood issues, one of the best things a mom can learn is how to be flexible. Several great ideas are compiled into this fun book--and it takes...
Book Summary: Left to Tell

Book Summary: Left to Tell

An amazing woman shares her story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she and seven other women huddled silently together in a cramped bathroom for 3 months. She shares how she relied on faith in God and the power of forgiveness to overcome.
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...
Book Summary: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

Book Summary: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

Well, mostly I just like the lists. It is easy for me to find topics my children are interested and then check those books out from the library. I also really like the extra ideas the author gives, such as little crafts or snack ideas to go along with certain books. My favorite...
Book Summary: I Am a Mother

Book Summary: I Am a Mother

This was probably one of my favorite “mom” books because Jane spoke about the heart of what we are experiencing as mothers. She did not place judgment on women who are not stay-at-home moms, nor did she set herself up as the ideal mother. I was hesitant to read this book because I...
My Children's Calling Card

My Children’s Calling Card

When Real Estate Agents show a home, they frequently leave their business card on the kitchen counter to let the homeowner know who had entered their house that day.  Last night when I got into bed, I felt Grace’s “calling card,”a little baby doll in a green outfit with the word “May” (her birth month)...
His Last Night Being Three

His Last Night Being Three

I tucked my little boy in to bed a few minutes ago—he turns four years old tomorrow, and although he is the youngest of three children, he is no longer my “baby.”  For some reason, I didn’t have the power to leave his room after I got him settled underneath his beloved purple blankie (the...
Book Summary: A Quiet Heart

Book Summary: A Quiet Heart

In this beautiful book, Patricia Holland teaches mothers how to find peace and joy, in spite of the not-so-peaceful moments of motherhood. Her book is written to a Christian audience but focuses on principles that are important to every mother: putting essentials ahead of...