I wanted to relieve the holiday pressure while also creating meaningful memories for our kids. I’d heard of people doing experiences for Christmas but worried that our children would feel let down with fewer presents to open. We decided to try nonetheless and called them Family Fun Days.
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Why didn’t life go my way? Our accountant made an error and we owed $10,000 in taxes due that day! I wish I could tell you what happened inside my head that day and all I can say is I think I finally landed gratitude.
What’s the Point of Housework?
There’s a common misconception that housework is terrible, mundane drudgery that needs to be accomplished as quickly as possible (or avoided at all costs) so we can move on to the “more important” things in life. I don’t love scrubbing bathtubs or mopping floors, necessarily, but here are a few experiences from my life that have helped me to see the meaning, joy, and purpose in the work required to sustain a family.
The Power of Pause
I miss the way nursing a baby pushes the pause button on my day. Whatever I needed to do in that moment–freezes. Now I have to remind myself to take those pauses…because I have found time and time again that these moments are where the magic of motherhood lies, waiting.
I’ve realized that sometimes I say no without even thinking I could say yes. So the past few months, I’ve been trying say yes more – even though Children + Yes = More Mess.
10 Ways to Achieve Mommy Burnout
There have been many times as a mother when I have experienced mommy burnout. While mommy burnout is probably most acute during the years when there are infants and toddlers in the home, I’ve learned that burnout can occur at any stage of motherhood.
9 Tips for Great Dinnertime Conversations
Are you ready to take your dinnertime conversations to the next level (perhaps veering away from complaints about the food or bickering)? Read the best ideas from our Power of Moms community and print out a whole list of great conversation-starters.
The $100 Allowance
In this humorous and inspiring essay, author Amy Makechnie shares her experience of giving her thirteen-year-old daughter a lump sum allowance for the year and watching life lessons unfold.
Worth Fighting For
Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35, this incredible mother raised three girls and left a legacy that will inspire every one of us. You do not want to miss this beautiful tribute, written by one of her daughters.
When I was younger, my dream was to be a mom. I envisioned myself married, having four kids (two boys and two girls, of course) and wearing scarves on my head (hey, I was born in the 70’s!) while driving everyone around to Little League.
A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to a Christ-Centered Easter
Easter can be simple, cheap, and oh-so-meaningful. Here are Saren’s favorite ideas for easy, Christ-focused Easter traditions.
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