We might believe that we're encouraging our children to be who and what they want to be, but we probably also assume our children will naturally follow in our footsteps. Is this assumption preventing us from having close, connected relationships with our children?
So often we use our instincts to respond to the needs of our children. We go with our gut. But what if our gut is wrong? Amanda Hamilton Roos shares her discovery of what really matters when instincts lead you astray.
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.
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.
Balance / Building Relationships / Finding More Joy / Meaning of Motherhood / Parenting and Family Life
I'm all for moms having the opportunity to excel in areas outside the home, but this experience taught me that I am valued the most by the ones who call me Mom.
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.
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.
Are you ever baffled by your child's obsession with screens, phones, or video games? Dawn Wessman models a child-lead discussion that eliminated battles, improved her son's mood, increased learning and activity level, as well as deepened their relationship.
Acceptance / Being Your Own Kind of Perfect / Finding More Joy / Individuality / Mind / Taking Care of You
I want to live in a community where women can showcase their strengths and pursue their talents-- at home and in the workforce--without the fear of being or looking "too good." When women excel, at anything, it is good for all of us.
Building Relationships / Family Activities and Traditions / Fun / Intention / Parenting and Family Life
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.
Why are we so busy? What good does it do? We used to rush from school and work and soccer practice to piano practice to the drive-through again for dinner to homework to collapse into bed and do the same thing the next day. I decided something had to change.
A year ago, I was dreading Mother’s Day. But the day turned out quite differently than I had expected. Looking back, I realize it was not because of special treatment I received, but because I made a decision to find joy in the day no matter what.