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The Haves and Have-Nots

In our family, we often perceive ourselves as the “Have Nots.”  Everybody has more than we do.  There is always something more we need to buy, and it is an embarrassment to even admit that we are lacking in the areas where “everyone else” has an abundance. Well, this compare snare we’ve gotten ourselves into […]

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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, […]

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Three Simple Steps to Accepting Imperfection

Sometimes we get a little too obsessed with perfection. Perfect children, perfect dinner, perfect schedule, and (of course) a perfectly clean and organized home. Then we look at reality! Here’s my new definition of perfection.

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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.

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I Dressed Myself

I can’t help but wonder what I am communicating when my family leaves the house. You see, my children dress themselves. Partly because that is one less thing I have to do for them, but mostly because they insist upon it. I have chosen not to fight that battle.

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Is Your Child a Success?

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

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Six Ways to Never Take Motherhood for Granted

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

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The Simple Life

I believe the simple life is attainable for anyone anywhere, whether we’re living on a farm or right in the middle of a bustling metropolitan area. The simple life has little to do with possessions or circumstances and everything to do with our inner thoughts and our perspective.

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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 of Moms Author Elsje Denison shows how putting a little more “WOW” into our daily lives can help us progress in our goals of motherhood.

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How to Make Progress Like a Spider

A woman progressing is like a spider molting. Her old ways don’t work anymore, just like the outer skin of a spider becomes too small for its growing body.Molting is a natural process, but it involves pain, conviction, and patience.