Children just might be the messiest people on the planet, but they are also the best plants I’ve ever produced. Perhaps a little mess is how the best things grow.
Posts in the "Parenting and Family Life" category:
The time has come for women to support other women in trusting themselves. We don’t need to cut each other down, compete, or compare. We’re in this together, raising the next generation. If there were one way to do things and one way only, it would be known by now.
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.
In moments of parenting exhaustion, knowing that a date night is on the calendar can spark your energy to set out the seventeenth snack of the week or trek across the store with a nearly full cart for one more potty break!
Imagine living your life with greater purpose. Imagine not just being busy, but moving forward toward things that excite you; living a life of meaning and fulfillment. We do this by living our purpose—what we bring to the world. But our purpose has to extend beyond our roles and responsibilities.
The cost of joy is work. So much work. The cost of joy is vulnerability, willingness, consistency, sacrifice, forgiveness, gratitude… all of that on top of the physical reality of life: jobs, chores, illness, finances, etc. And yet joy itself is so accessible and so very simple.
Our children internalize their experiences and create self-dialogue. Are they learning to hate themselves through comparisons, feelings of inadequacy, or others’ negative opinions? Or are they learning to love themselves with grace and acceptance? Incorporating these three exercises into their days will empower them to be mentally healthy.
In a way, knowing about a fatal disease, such as GM1, is a blessing. It gives you a little more perspective and appreciation for the little things. None of us knows when we will die, but we can be grateful everyday for what we have.
What do teenagers really need in order to grow up to be responsible and happy adults? This book offers excellent food for thought.
It’s true. I’ve been watching you.
Not in the creepy, lock-your-doors kind of way.
But in the unspoken, wonder-and-admire kind of way.
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.
The media may love a good fight… but moms do NOT! Is it even possible to keep our kids from fighting? Maybe not 100% of the time, but there are lots of ways to drastically reduce the fighting in our homes. Here are three moms’ ideas for calling a cease-fire on the fights.