Keeping tweens and teens busy during the summer can be challenging–they need more than just one pool day after another. Allyson Reynolds knows a big part of summer fun for teens and tweens can actually be found in challenging, meaningful experiences, and she has five great ways to keep tweens and teens happy and productive all summer long.
Moms And Dads Are Just…Different
When you leave your husband home with the kids, do you come home to a disaster zone? I often hear mothers complaining in a “joking” manner how their husbands can’t handle daily family life. Just remember this, motherhood isn’t an easy job.
Why Young Mothers Put On the Pounds
In an April 11 article published online by the American Academy of Pediatrics, results of a research project showed that young mothers (average age 25)consume more sugar-sweetened beverages and saturated fat than women in the same age group without children, resulting in higher BMIs. And while the authors said these women may have had higher BMIs simply […]
Prioritizing: Having It All, Just Not All At Once
It’s an amazing thing to be a mother in the 21st century. We really can “have it all” if we so choose: a family, a career, and the enjoyment of personal pursuits. But if we aren’t careful, we may end up more frazzled than fulfilled.
Overcoming Family Labels
I just spent the last two weeks visiting my family in Iowa. Like every family, we have similarities in opinions as well as differences, things we get about each other and things we don’t, and specific ways we enjoy spending our time together, avoiding other activities entirely. And it’s always interesting to see how everyone continues […]
Christmas Craziness and the Sane Mother
Are you overwhelmed by Christmas Craziness? Just for fun, since none of us needed to sleep during the month of December anyway, Allyson Reynolds takes at look at a few of the things many of us feel like we want or should do during the Christmas season (and then she talks reality after).
Tell a Different Story
I’ve already spent far too much of my life’s energy focusing on the negative. I want to spend as much of the rest of my life telling a a story of gratitude, a story of optimism, a story that focuses on all the beauty, joy, and love surrounding me every day.
Survival Tips for the Before and After School Hours
We have a lot of great authors here at The Power of Moms, and three of them came through this week with a fantastic smorgasbord of ideas to help moms and families with their school year routines.
September is “Be Nice To Another Mom Month”
Make an effort to reach out to another mother in your school or neighborhood tomorrow. Try to be a little more neighborly. Open yourself up to the idea of making a new friend. Build strong social and emotional supports among mothers within our living, breathing communities. Because mothers with caring and connected friendships make better moms in general for our children.
Midlife Mom Blues
We’ve all heard of postpartum baby blues, but what about mid-life mom blues? Allyson Reynolds gives 5 reasons her newest stage of motherhood (her youngest child started school last fall) is keeping her on her toes…and 5 reasons it’s also really awesome.
How to Tell a Teenager, “I Love You”
For a teenager, its just not “cool” to ask mommy for a hug when you’re sad, or to demand attention for a job well done by incessantly chanting, “look, look, look mommy, look!” (Which works, right?) So, how do we show teenagers love in a way they can receive?
5 Tips for Extroverts Raising Introverts (video included!)
What does it look like when an extroverted mother tries to raise an introverted child? For me, not so pretty at first. I’m still learning and adjusting my own behavior, but I’d like to share with you five tips that I think every extroverted mother should know when raising an introverted child.
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