A while ago, my teenager gave me my own “velveteen rabbit experience.” He made some poor decisions and did something that was very bad. My initial reaction, after coming out of a state of shock, was to wonder what exactly I had done wrong. Ultimately I learned some pretty important lessons about parenting.
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My credentials are far from extraordinary. I don’t anticipate ever seeing my name in lights and I will never be cast in a Broadway play. However, in the course of my life, there will be many things that I will be famous for. And my legacy will live on in the lives of my children.
Do you ever find yourself trying to be all things to all people–and then feeling completely overwhelmed by unnecessary guilt when you simply can’t do it all? This post will walk you through a quick and simple process that can help you totally eliminate that guilt.
My friend’s tense response to passive-aggressive criticism led me to rethink the way I verbalize my opinions and form judgments about other mothers.
I find it painfully ironic that this is the month we’re focusing on The Power of Balance.This month: the month I have more on my plate than I should, the month I’m losing my mind, the month I am the queen of unbalance.
“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, not small, but valuable. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other […]
A few nights ago, I collapsed on the couch after tucking my children into bed, and I thought I’d look through a few blogs before heading out to a baby shower. As I looked through a seemingly-endless stream of perfectly-decorated homes, darling crafts, and breathtaking photography, I started to feel like an absolute zero. I […]
We are all princesses, right? Because of that fact I believe every woman should own a tiara. A simple headpiece, you say? Oh no, my dear, a tiara holds power! For instance, the other day I woke up and didn’t want to do a thing, but my house needed cleaning. As I walked past my […]
Here are a few of my insights: Never compare yourself to another mommy and never judge another mommy. Each mommy is different. Each pregnancy is different. Each baby is different. Each baby nurses differently. (If they can even nurse at all – that’s okay if they can’t!) And yet we do compare ourselves to others. […]
I had some expectations for my life, and my life isn’t turning out as expected. I expected I’d go to college, serve a mission for my church, maybe attend graduate school and then get married, work for a while and have kids. That all happened. Perhaps not in the same way or as quickly as […]
While living in Boston back in 2003, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by a very successful Harvard professor. To this day, I still reflect on a simple statement he made: “I have found that the times in my life when I am most successful are when I am acting, not being […]