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Making time for fun is an essential ingredient to deliberate motherhood.

Whether we’re creating memorable family traditions, laughing as we work, enjoying the serendipitous moments, or sharing our hobbies with our children, humor and fun bring energy, perspective and joy to our lives.  Participate in this Power of the Month and show your family how “fun” mom really is.

A Few Good Moms

A Few Good Moms

My kids don't think I'm fun. But somebody has to do the tough stuff that makes the fun stuff possible! I've created a modified version of Jack Nickolson's infamous speech from "A Few Good Men" to help explain my predicament.
Live Like a Tourist

Live Like a Tourist

if you’re feeling a little stale these days and not at all like the fun mom you used to be or thought you would be, maybe you just need to get out of your workplace (the home) and start living like a tourist.
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 Justify Mommy Fun

How I Justify Mommy Fun

Being a mom and being with children can be fun, at least some of the time. But I've had a a few experiences lately that have shown me the value of pure fun, just for myself.
You're Not Mean, You're Stressed

You’re Not Mean, You’re Stressed

I was attending my first Power of Moms Retreat! Would I find answers to the question:Why am I a mean mom and what can I do to stop? The idea hit my mind. The idea was this: I'm not mean. I'm stressed! This discovery has helped changed my life.
Favorite Children's Books from 2013

Favorite Children’s Books from 2013

Looking for some fantastic books to share with your children? There were a number of excellent picture books published in 2013. Catherine Arveseth's list this year includes some old books, some new-ish, and a bunch that are brand new.
Humor and CRAZINESS in Motherhood: Episode 20

Humor and CRAZINESS in Motherhood: Episode 20

This week's radio show is all about seeing the humor in the moment and learning to laugh through the craziness of motherhood. (Because isn't it more fun to laugh than to cry?)
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.
It's Not the Playdoh I Love

It’s Not the Playdoh I Love

The other day, my three-year-old, Spencer, asked if we could get out the Playdoh. In my mind, I was screaming, "NO! It will end up all over the kitchen. As I was about to verbalize these feelings, however, I thought a little deeper.
Stop, Sit, and Play

Stop, Sit, and Play

Would you categorize yourself as a “to-do” mommy? Are you motivated to accomplish one more check mark on that never-ending to do list? Here are some ideas to help you add a bit of fun and spontaneity to life when your children want to Stop, Sit and PLAY!
Picture Story: The Money Grab

Picture Story: The Money Grab

Tiffany and her husband needed a way to motivate their five children to complete their daily tasks. Merv Griffin has nothing on the game they invented!
Special Time

Special Time

With the new school year looming, I found myself mourning the long hours my older daughters would spend away from home. I knew I wanted to set aside time in order to have meaningful interaction with my children, but what? Soon, with a little help, the idea of “Special Time” was born: a simple 15...
Book Summary: Last Child in the Woods

Book Summary: Last Child in the Woods

More than anything, this book motivated me to make time in nature a priority for my family. I hope I can instill in my children an appreciation for this beautiful earth and, by doing so, help them discover who they really are.
Creating Highlights

Creating Highlights

As mothers, we do not need to burn ourselves out with expectations that we will plan outrageously fun and magical activities for our children every single day of their lives. Instead, we can plan ‘highlight experiences’ for our children to spice up the monotony of daily life.
A Deliberate Mother's Guide to Simple Halloween Fun

A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to Simple Halloween Fun

How do we handle the hyped-up but somewhat meaningless holiday of Halloween? Saren shares what works for her family when it comes to costumes, pumpkins, sugar, parties, and scary but not-too-scary books and movies.
Introduction to The Power of Fun

Introduction to The Power of Fun

Sometimes it's hard to make motherhood FUN. So over the next few months, Power of Moms will devote some time to talk about we can bring a little more fun into motherhood.
A Guide to Audiobooks: Or How to Find Joy in Carpooling

A Guide to Audiobooks: Or How to Find Joy in Carpooling

After she grabbed an audiobook on a whim, Bethany ended up falling in love with them. Here, she lists her favorite audiobooks for young elementary and older elementary kids.
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.
Spiritual Sundays: Teaching Children Repentance during the High Holidays

Spiritual Sundays: Teaching Children Repentance during the High Holidays

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are serious holidays, full of soul searching and repentance. In trying to help her kids understand that repentance doesn't have to be scary, Adina Soclof practices a simple three-step plan, one that eliminates lectures or admonishments.
Creative Co-ops for Kids and Moms

Creative Co-ops for Kids and Moms

By organizing rotating playgroups and outings for your children—and yourselves!—you can find some balance, make new friends, and feel like you are thriving—instead of just surviving—those early years of motherhood and beyond.
Power of Moms Pick: Being a "Yes Mom"

Power of Moms Pick: Being a “Yes Mom”

We love the idea of saying yes: taking more opportunities to have fun with our children, even when that fun is messy and inconvenient. But how often do we actually say yes? Nicolette, of the blog How Does She?, devoted one day to saying yes.
All Hail the Kangaroo!

All Hail the Kangaroo!

I want my kids to feel a sense of belonging. I want them to believe deeply that they are a part of a whole and that they will never be alone in this sometimes lonely, disconnected world. I suppose I could laminate this sentiment on a piece of paper and stick it on the...
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...
Growing Bookworms

Growing Bookworms

My children all love books. I suspect some of that might be genetic—both my husband and I are avid readers—but I’ve worked hard to cultivate their love for literature. April asked me to share my insights; here are the five strategies I recommend.
Favorite Children's Books from 2012

Favorite Children’s Books from 2012

Author and mother of five Catherine Arveseth reviews her favorite children's books from 2012.
A Brand New Life

A Brand New Life

I was facing a particularly stressful day. I realized I had faced too many morning like this lately, and so I decided this time, things would end differently. Today was going to the start of a brand new me.
Little Boy Energy

Little Boy Energy

Is your house ever full of crazy little people running around? Does the noise level ever escalade above “comfortable?” Do you ever send your kids outside to play, just to get some peace and quiet? “Little Boy Energy” is full of great ideas for helping your little crazies focus their energy! ...
I'll Be the Rotten Egg

I’ll Be the Rotten Egg

A couple of years ago, my children started saying, “Last one up is a rotten egg!” as they headed up the stairs to get ready for bed. I’ve never liked name-calling of any sort, so I suggested they change it to, “Last one up is a beautiful flower,” but that didn’t catch on. But,...
Follow Lalo

Follow Lalo

As parents, we are often expected to be the “leader.” But what would happen if we followed the lead of our child for a day? What would we learn? What treasures would we find? What truths would we discover? And what fun would be ours?
Perfectionism: The Ultimate Fun Killer

Perfectionism: The Ultimate Fun Killer

How often do you prepare a “fun” activity and get upset when it doesn’t turn out exactly as you had planned? How many moments of fun do you fail to enjoy because you are trying to keep your house clean? If these scenarios sound familiar you are not alone.
Moms Are Fun Too!

Moms Are Fun Too!

Do you ever feel like your kids don’t see you as the “fun” parent? Terri-Ann Gawthroupe did, so she planned a 10-mother, 47-children campout. NO DADS ALLOWED!
A Do-it-Yourself Halloween

A Do-it-Yourself Halloween

This year we had a do-it-yourself Halloween. By that, I don't mean that I got all crafty with Pinterest-inspired stuff. I mean the kids did it THEMSELVES. And it worked out just great.
Get in the Picture (and receive a prize!)

Get in the Picture (and receive a prize!)

Is it important to be in photos with our kids? Isn't it important to capture our motherhood as well as our children's childhood? Check out the great insights in this article and join our "Get in the Picture" Challenge!
Kid's Day

Kid’s Day

Step into their world. See it through their eyes. Leave your “to-do” list behind. Author Danielle Taylor Porter declares “Kids’ Day” a family holiday.
The Meaning of "Home"

The Meaning of “Home”

What does "home" mean to you? Beauty and peace and harmony - that's home (in a good moment like this one).
Halloween: Fun or Frightful?

Halloween: Fun or Frightful?

Is Halloween getting a little out of control? Do you love or hate Halloween? Check out this article for great ideas about how you can maximize the fun and minimize the frightful aspects of Halloween in your family.
Building the Junior High Bridge

Building the Junior High Bridge

Do you find yourself embarking on a new phase of mothering, such as your oldest child entering junior high school? Author Lori Gard reflects on the ways she has tried to build strong relationships with her children, so their relationships can serve as a bridge during times of transition for the family.
Pass The Manners, Please!

Pass The Manners, Please!

The only thing more annoying than eating with a family that has rude children is being the family with the rude children. Learn a fun and easy game we can teach our children to reinforce good manners. This is one you do not want to miss!
Baking It 'Til We Make It

Baking It ‘Til We Make It

It never fails: somewhere between the sugar and the butter, I begin to question my choice. It's been yet another crazy day and was roping my small children into making cookies really the best way to combat the mess?
What Are You Doing This Friday?

What Are You Doing This Friday?

Do you ever worry about the influence friends will have in your children’s lives? Rachel Sullivan shares cheap and inspiring ideas on how to keep the family tight and the fun alive with Family Fun Night!
Silly Fun For Everyone

Silly Fun For Everyone

When silly doesn’t come naturally, finding fun can be a challenge. Author Mary Jenkins shares the joy of turning a simple idea into a lasting family memory.
Top 5 Things To Miss (or NOT Miss) About Summer

Top 5 Things To Miss (or NOT Miss) About Summer

The end of summer is always bittersweet for me. While I am certainly ready to settle back into a tighter schedule that includes a few afternoons a week to myself, I’m also feeling a little bummed out that our summer is coming to an end.
Workouts that Work!

Workouts that Work!

Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to fit a workout into your mothering schedule? Does the task of loading up the kids for a trip to the gym fill daunting? Seth Bigelow, a husband and father, shares some workouts that work for the whole family!
Railroad Tracks

Railroad Tracks

I wanted to be the farm-mother I envisioned—up early, making a hearty breakfast, children doing all of their chores cheerfully, all before 5:00 A.M. Laying down the railroad tracks of habit was harder than I anticipated. But, it's made a huge difference in our lives!
Creating Memories Through Vacation Traditions

Creating Memories Through Vacation Traditions

Families can form some of the best trip memories from small traditions. Keep in mind it's just not the fun you’ll have at your destination, but the fantastic memories you can make before you even get there! Read on for some great ideas for fun on the road.
Celebrate Imagination

Celebrate Imagination

Sometimes you’ve got to have a little imagination to get you through the trenches of motherhood. And, if we remember to let some imagination in every once in a while, motherhood is just more fun!
Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp

Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp

Want a good balance of structure and fun this summer? This post is for you!
A Valentine's Tradition Your Family Will Never Forget

A Valentine’s Tradition Your Family Will Never Forget

Amidst all the tasty treats and heart-shaped crafts our family enjoys for Valentine's Day, we've designed a special tradition that incorporates some real quality time together. We call it our, "We Love to Be a Family" Day. It's one of the best traditions we've started!
Lessons From My Sister

Lessons From My Sister

Life really is short and we shouldn't need to be reminded that it's meant to be enjoyed. Just ask my sister.
The Magical Mother

The Magical Mother

One of my children asked what I was doing, and when I told them I was searching for some chocolate, my innocent child suggested, “Why don’t you just magic some?” I wish it worked like that.
Strike a Pose...

Strike a Pose…

You’re probably asking yourselves what in the world we are doing…well, glad you asked.
No Planning Necessary

No Planning Necessary

It was Columbus Day and I had somehow let this important holiday slip my mind. My kids were appalled that I didn't have any plans on how we were going to celebrate this day. So, I quickly threw out: "Let's go exploring like Columbus!"
A Great Time Doesn't Happen By Accident

A Great Time Doesn’t Happen By Accident

If our lives are so crammed full of soccer games, music lessons, and social functions how can we expect to have fun together? Great experiences don't happen by accident. While you can't force family fun, you do have to make a place for it.
Stress-Free Traditions - Episode 16

Stress-Free Traditions – Episode 16

Sometimes it feels like implementing quality traditions into our homes is "just one more thing" to do. In this podcast, you'll be reminded that traditions don't have to be "big" or stressful in order to be magical.
Making Housework into Favorite Memories

Making Housework into Favorite Memories

Fun housework? Isn't that an oxymoron? Creating order and cleanliness isn't always a party at my house, but for those who are committed to getting the family involved (while having some fun along the way) here are some ways great ideas.
Making Family Time Fun

Making Family Time Fun

When I took the Color Code personality test back in my single days, I discovered I seek fun, enjoy fun, and am motivated by fun. As a mother, this has influenced my children as well. They've learned they can create fun from any situation.
Creating Fun

Creating Fun

As a mother to three, the task of dressing my children has gone from “fun” to “daunting” each morning. Thank goodness my definition of "fun" has evolved over time!
Moms Just Wanna Have Fun (Part 2)

Moms Just Wanna Have Fun (Part 2)

In my last post I tried to convince resistant moms suffering from MMS (Martyr Mommy Syndrome) that not only can they still have fun after having children, but that they should. In this post I want to talk about how to make that happen.
Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll

While unpacking some boxes, I came across my school journals from fifth grade. With my son starting fifth grade, I decided to share a few entries with my son. Best part was hearing "You were a fun girl. I would have been friends with you!"
Moms Just Wanna Have Fun (Part 1)

Moms Just Wanna Have Fun (Part 1)

So why don’t we do it more often? Every mom has her reasons. Well, I have a little secret to share with you: You have to make and take your fun.
Fun in the Workplace

Fun in the Workplace

It can be a challenge to give equal focus to the “job” of being a mother and having fun being a mother. The balance is particularly challenging when work and fun occupy the same office space. The trick for me is to make that mental shift from work to fun while remaining in the workplace...
Book Summary: Best Books for Boys

Book Summary: Best Books for Boys

While most of this book is a handy guide of age-appropriate books for boys, it also contains great information on, as the cover says, “how to engage boys in reading in ways that will change their lives.”
Smudges on My Shirt

Smudges on My Shirt

When I first became a mother, I never planned on looking like a mother. Reality set in after two or three weeks with my first child, but I have still tried to keep a relatively clean appearance--just so I still feel like a person.
Fun/Fuhn/Noun: The Moments of Bliss in between Everything Else

Fun/Fuhn/Noun: The Moments of Bliss in between Everything Else

“Fun moments” are the fleeting ones that creep up on us. One of my best memories was watching our girls run through a field while waiting for AAA to bring us gas.Maybe it was special because it was after whining and before throwing up occurred.
Angry Hats and Puppet Shows: Creative Ways to Deal with the Madness

Angry Hats and Puppet Shows: Creative Ways to Deal with the Madness

Does that apply to disciplining children? Is it possible to have fun and discipline at the same time? Well, it's happening at our house (sometimes!), and I'm excited to share.
I Had Fun

I Had Fun

How the example of my neighbor has changed the way I think of motherhood.
Holding Onto Magic

Holding Onto Magic

My mom always knew how to bring our family together to enjoy ourselves. We have a number of traditions to help us remember the fun times, big and small. And, now I know how to hold on to the magic.
L'arte d'arrangiarsi

L’arte d’arrangiarsi

“There’s (a) wonderful Italian expression: l’arte d’arrangiarsi – the art of making something out of nothing. The art of turning a few simple ingredients into a feast, or a few gathered friends into a festival. Anyone with a talent for happiness can do this…” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love. I once bought ‘idea cards’ listing...
Summer of '74

Summer of ’74

Have I told you that Ray and I have five boys?  Yes indeed we do, count them, five.  In the summer of 1974 their ages were 5, 7, 10, 12, and 13.  With the following words “Please, please, oooh  pleeease”, three girls ages 7, 12, and 13 were added to our household for the summer. ...
Have you been BOO'd yet?! A FUN Halloween Tradition

Have you been BOO’d yet?! A FUN Halloween Tradition

If you haven’t been Boo’d, you’re missing out on a fun Halloween tradition. This is a great way to start off the holiday season and strengthen ties with neighbors. A Boo-Gram is a mysterious note you leave on a neighbor’s door with a bag of treats. The note is usually a poem. You also leave a large...
Transformation of an Echo Chamber

Transformation of an Echo Chamber

  Meal and study time at our house can definitely be a rowdy, rambunctious event! Our dining room, where food is consumed and most projects are accomplished, is a tight squeeze for the seven (soon to be eight) of us – especially with a vaulted ceiling that extends straight up to the top floor’s roof. Such...
Ten Summer Activities for the Entire Family

Ten Summer Activities for the Entire Family

Yesterday I was talking to the mother of three young children about how her summer was going. Listening to her description of their fun, lazy adventures made me wistful for the days when all my children were “little” and the only thing I had to think about was how to keep them happy all day....
How do you take the stress out of family vacations?

How do you take the stress out of family vacations?

Let’s face it: Vacations aren’t all the fun and games that they used to be. By “used to be,” I’m talking about back when I was a kid, and all I had to do was pack one small bag of personal activities and hop in the car when my dad called, “All Aboard!” All of...
My Summer Bucket List

My Summer Bucket List

I love love love summer.  I am always a little flabbergasted when I talk to moms who dread summer.  Usually it’s because they feel overwhelmed at the prospect of so much free time.  They feel it’s a bit of a chore to keep their kids busy. But that’s why I like summer.  I cast aside...
Little Traditions that Work

Little Traditions that Work

I need to face it. My kids are going to grow up. And that’s already happening way faster than I feel ok about. I guess that’s why I latch on with all my heart to ideas I hear or come up with that will help me cherish the moment while they’re young. Some of them...
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...
April Fool's

April Fool’s

April Fools pranks are so... pointless? fun? I don't know but I just love the chance to do silly stuff and get a rise out of my kids.
A Tiara Tale

A Tiara Tale

We are all princesses, right? Because of that fact I believe every woman should own a tiara.A simple headpiece, you say? Oh no, my dear, a tiara holds power!For instance, the other day I woke up and didn’t want to do a thing, but my house needed cleaning. As I walked past my dresser, I...
Celebrate Imagination

Celebrate Imagination

Sometimes you’ve got to have a little imagination to get you through the trenches of motherhood. You’ve also got to enjoy the imagination your kids are naturally full of. There’s nothing that brightens a dreary morning like walking in on your three-year-old daughter after the breakfast chaos to find her in the midst of a...
Fun in the Work Place

Fun in the Work Place

For many mothers, the home is the “workplace”. You could say my work office is divided between the kitchen and laundry room. The balance is particularly challenging when work and fun occupy the same office space.