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.
Posts in the "Building Relationships" category:
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.
Families can form some of the best trip memories from small traditions. Keep in mind it’s just not the fun you’ll have at your destination, but the fantastic memories you can make before you even get there! Read on for some great ideas for fun on the road.
Our second son could be sweet, but he was also a hitter, a biter, and when upset, he would attack anyone who was in reach or run away. It was terrifying being his mother. Then I found a method that worked like magic—to simply love my son.
One of the best ways I’ve found to maximize time with my children, make them feel loved, help them become smarter, develop their vocabulary, raise them to be empathetic with high emotional intelligence–all while I get to crash on the couch–is reading aloud.
Is one of your children about to start their senior year? Are they preparing to fly the coop to discover a new world? It is times like these that we wonder if we, as mothers, have done all we can to help them prepare. Have we cherished precious family time together? Join author Julia Jacobsen as she offers sound advice of things we can do as families to make the most of each moment.
Gathering the family together at the table and feeding them can bring a whole host of challenges, but also a whole lot of opportunities to learn and connect. Three authors share some of what they’ve learned in getting dinner and family to the table.
When bedtime didn’t go as planned, I found a way to show my son that I don’t just love him, I enjoy him too.