Before my son was born, I thought that preparation would be the key to parenting...What I hadn't counted on was that parenting throws curve balls and that all the parenting books in the world aren't going to help you figure out your own style as a parent.
When our dreams and goals seem just out of reach, sometimes looking at our lives from a different perspective is all we need.
Ever feel like you're spread too thin? Join April and Saren (and our community of deliberate mothers) who share their best ideas for discovering and living by that deeper YES.
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.
Maybe families everywhere could benefit from slowing down and rushing less.
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.
As moms, we think, “This is going to be a wonderful day – I'm going to get all this stuff done and have magical moments with my children...” and we end up disappointed somewhere along the way. While it's great to be positive, it's also great to be realistic!
Jewish tradition has always reinforced this concept that G-d is good, his ways are good, and his creations are good. It seems that we are supposed to constantly remind ourselves of this as a basic principle of Judaism. Can we apply this concept of looking for the good when we parent?
In the quest to be better, sometimes women get sidetracked with the quest to be perfect. Author, Allyson Reynolds, defines what the "perfect mother" really looks like.
Do you know what it takes to recognize the many "real-world" teaching opportunities of motherhood? Take advantage of those opportunities, and teach with confidence--you can make a huge difference in the lives of your children.
Do you ever wonder if all your work is paying off? “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! My kids had given sacrificially and unselfishly so that we could have something nice...They demonstrated back to us what we’d been showing them for years.” This mom shares a gift she will not easily forget.
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...