Here’s the sad truth: my husband and I are horrible about getting out on dates together. I could list off a number of reasons why (we’ve moved a lot over the years, we rarely live by family…), but the real reason is that we haven’t made it a priority. It’s time to change that! I’m so […]
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When my oldest turned 9 and we began to struggle to get along, I thought back to when I was her age and tried to remember what I felt then. And then I began to consciously tell her my stories.
I’m trying to stop assigning chores at the first sign of a break. I’m trying to stop myself from correcting my kids if they aren’t doing anything terribly wrong. I’m trying to let them just do their thang.
It’s never too early to start teaching my kids that the generations in our family are linked, even if it’s mostly through choppy video calls. Here are four ways that I do it.
What I seem to learn over and over again is that if I make time for what is truly important, everything else works out in the end.
Attentive listening is arguably the supreme gift we can give children of any age, but especially our teenagers. And the big bonus is that it doesn’t cost a cent.
I never thought hugs would decrease as my kids get older, but it’s alarming to me how it just naturally happened. Making a conscious effort to include more snuggles and hugs in each day means I have to be aware of what I’m doing—or not doing.
Do you find yourself embarking on a new phase of mothering, such as your oldest child entering junior high school? Author Lori Gard reflects on the ways she has tried to build strong relationships with her children, so their relationships can serve as a bridge during times of transition for the family.
My children will only be young once and summers don’t last forever. This summer I am committed to ‘treasure the doing’ of the ‘little things in life.’ I’m determined to make it a summer to remember.
I thought I was done with the dating world when I got married, but then I became a mom and it started all over again—I needed to make mom friends. I’m not an expert in mom dating, but this is what I’ve learned.
Big brother picks on little brother, mom picks on big brother, mom picks on herself. This situation is a common vicious cycle in many families. But, how can we break it? By controlling how we respond. By being curious.
With Mother’s Day being this month, I can’t help but reflect on the many things my mother has done for me. From teaching me how to write a check and boil water, to showing me how to change a diaper and swaddle a baby.