I found myself at the end of the day, frustrated and angry at myself for failing to do what I should have done. Then in a quiet moment I thought, Stop listing your failures. Start listing your successes.
In this audio post, April reads three posts written by deliberate mothers just like you. These moms are sharing what they have learned on their motherhood journey to help you in yours. Enjoy!
My first “porn talk” with my kids was far from perfect. But ultimately I conveyed a more important message: I love you more than anything, and I am willing to talk about tough topics—and even embarrass myself—in order to educate and prepare you.
Initially, my children met my idea with skepticism. My daughter said, “Uh, honestly Mom? I don’t think I have an hour a week for you.” Good thing she laughed after she said it. But she was right—we were having a hard time finding an hour to even have a conversation.
There are many things I want to do in my life and most of them are made more difficult by motherhood: write books, travel the world, get a master’s degree, read more, learn photography, take classes in everything from art to astronomy…Ultimately I realized, who I want to be is more important than all of those things that I want to do.
Would you like some incredibly simple ways to bring more power and joy to your mothering? Join April and Rachel Nielson of the 3in30 podcast as April shares stories about her mom and how her example can help each of us as we strive to be the mom we want to be.
I have worked diligently over the past few weeks to create a free eBook containing five critical conversations that help parents broach tough topics, repair past damage, and create loving communication practices for the future.
If I didn’t have these weaknesses, I wouldn’t have these strengths. I can embrace this person I was made to be and not be quite so caught up in trying to be someone else. I kind of love who I am now that I can see it more clearly.
When you run into a challenge, do you ever wish you could “phone a friend” or call in a back up? See how one mother does just that.
As mothers, we learn how to put our own cares aside in order to take care of our families—and that is beautiful to learn. But in the process, we sometimes forget how much WE matter as mothers. In this podcast, April shares her personal experiences with learning and growing as a mother and how she has learned to prioritize her family AND nurture the mother within.
When you have to confront your child’s teacher about a problem, it’s natural to be a bit anxious. So how do you approach these difficult situations? There are specific things you can do before, during, and after the conversation to increase the odds of a successful outcome.
A few years ago, my family was going through a lot of changes. I looked for books to help my two-year-old know what to expect, but it was hard to find age-appropriate story lines. So I wrote my own book! It might be a perfect approach for you, too.