I’ve struggled to know how to respond in that moment when I’m feeling exhausted and frustrated and the older lady tells me to “enjoy every moment.” I think the message underneath her advice is, “I miss my kids. I miss being a mom.”
Without nurturing their own energy, passion, and health–and without setting limits on their own activity–women are useful to no one. Self-care is about controlling your own health and happiness. It means the people in your life receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
Highly sensitive children are deep thinkers, empathetic, and creative. They are also very emotional, easily overstimulated, and can require much more patience to parent. If we can help them manage the challenging sides of their gift, they will grow up to use their intelligence, creativity, and empathy in positive ways.
The power of Getting Things Done® is now available for teens! Join April and co-author of Getting Things Done® for Teens, Mike Williams, as they share ideas to help your teen learn to take control of their life in a distracting world.
I remember my childhood summers were often a combination of lots of TV watching and swimming. Sound familiar? I want something more for my family. My solution: a few activities throughout the summer that stimulate their brains in fun, engaging ways. The first activity last summer was a family-wide read-a-thon.
Yesterday I was talking to the mother of three young children about how her summer was going. Listening to her description of their fun, lazy adventures made me wistful for the days when all my children were “little” and the only thing I had to think about was how to keep them happy all day. […]
April reads three amazing posts created by deliberate mothers in our community: “Everyone Needs Backup” by Aubrey Degn, “Exercise Therapy” by Sarah Badat Richardson, and “How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Child’s Teacher” by Amanda Hamilton Roos.
We knew she was often on social media, scrolling through the feeds of her friends and assessing how many likes their photos had compared to her own. So, as a family, we decided to establish when and where we could be on social media and how we would use it.
Looking back on my transition from working full-time to becoming a harried new mom and then eventually a seasoned household CEO, I’ve pinpointed some tactics that helped me through the hard years.
Perhaps you’ve seen it elsewhere, but if not, here’s Rachel Stafford’s amazing essay on keeping our priorities straight during the summer…
April’s sister, Laura, shares a special experience she had with their mom when she was taking the CPA exam. April and Laura’s mom demonstrated how we, as mothers, can call on the powers of heaven to help our children in times of need.
There is no bickering or arguing. There are no accusations of “You got to pick yesterday!” In a house with four boys, this tiny victory feels huge.