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Posts tagged "expectations"
I'm No Better Than You Are

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,...
Karate Kid Lesson

Karate Kid Lesson

My 7-year old is a disaster...when it comes to organizing, that is. Step One was getting her to realize things don't belong under the couch, on the couch, or in the middle of the kitchen. That's when we introduced the Karate Kid method.
Three Simple Steps to Accepting Imperfection

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.
Streamlining Our Kids' Stuff

Streamlining Our Kids’ Stuff

With our eyes turned to mom-centric organization, we can’t let a day go by without saying something about organizing our children's "stuff". From double strollers to sports equipment, dealing with our children's "stuff" is something we have to face.
Thought Replacement Therapy

Thought Replacement Therapy

I read this article in a magazine last week that really struck a chord with me. It talked about how our thoughts can really drive us forward towards the things we want most – or they can bog us down and hold us back and lead us away from what we really want. Most of...
Big Things are Made out of Little Things

Big Things are Made out of Little Things

I love my kids and I'm grateful that my dream of having a family had come true. But when I was younger, mothering didn't come as naturally to me. Then, I read a quote by Mother Teresa that stuck with me and I realized that my purpose in life was under my nose. ...
New Year's Goals That Fit Our Current Stage

New Year’s Goals That Fit Our Current Stage

While some things change as you move from one stage to the next, other challenges remain the same. I think finding a balance between getting personal work done and being fully present for our children is something mothers will always struggle with
Losing A Mother, Gaining New Holiday Traditions

Losing A Mother, Gaining New Holiday Traditions

I was so busy feeling sorry for myself that I failed to see what I did have: an opportunity to create a meaningful Christmas for my own family. My friend helped me appreciate the Christmas I had instead of wishing for one that I could never have again.
The Holidays: Stop, Simplify, Enjoy

The Holidays: Stop, Simplify, Enjoy

As a mom, you have the opportunity to see the sparkle in your children’s eyes, so be deliberate in what you want to accomplish this season. Don’t be so overwhelmed and overscheduled that you miss it.
Advent Transformed

Advent Transformed

I’d always believed that Advent was about preparing for what lies ahead, pausing in winter darkness to welcome the light. But when we started to journey through the dark years of infertility, waiting took on a weightier meaning...[and] when I discovered the surprise, the total shock of new life fluttering deep within me, I caught...
Holiday Shopping Guide For The Shopping Impaired

Holiday Shopping Guide For The Shopping Impaired

What does this mother really want for Christmas? A personal shopper. I’m starting to think the idea of Santa Claus and his toy-making elves came from a desperate mother like myself who doesn’t enjoy shopping.
A Happy Mother is a Very Nice Gift

A Happy Mother is a Very Nice Gift

The other day we were going to the store to buy garland for our banister. I wanted to make our home look homey and festive…so my children would feel the “holiday spirit” in our home. However, the children had other ideas in mind.