As a new mom, I noticed all the little flaws in other people’s parenting because I was unsure of my own skills. But now, nine years into my parenting journey, I’ve learned that, on some days, just getting out of the house with everyone wearing shoes is a victory.
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Before I became a mother, I viewed myself as a reasonably intelligent and capable person. That idea changed quickly when my son was born.
During Passover, we retell the ancient story of the Exodus. It’s an old story, brimming with metaphors and themes. But the one that always speaks to me as a mother is the one I crunch into with the matzah:When the time comes, you don’t have to be totally prepared. You just take what you have and go.
If you’re looking for a step-by-step plan to simplify your home and create an environment where your family can thrive, this post and free download will do the trick!
Feeling unsure of how to keep up with everything and make the best of each day? Author Amanda Hamilton Roos reminds us that if we remember where to turn when we’re feeling overwhelmed, we will find that we are enough.
As a mother of teens in a society full of pressure and pain, it has always been so important for me to feel like my kids can come to me with any problem and we can work it out together. Recently I’ve been led to wonder if I have really done enough to position myself as the first one my teen would come to with a serious problem.
“That Sunday morning comment awoke me to a new mothering concept. Mothering as He would. Not for praise. Not for recognition. Not for a hug, a kiss, or even a thank you. Not because I can’t stand a dirty floor or because someone coming for a visit might see the display of animalistic behavior my children can exhibit…Sweeping up crumbs because that’s what He did. With a perfect love.”
This year has been good, but it has also been challenging. Then a friend of mine recently wrote on Facebook that this has been “the best year of [her] life, hands down.” I thought about her sentiment and wondered if I could echo it. I wasn’t sure that I could.
Realistic expectations. Small bite-sized jobs. Job training. This stuff can make a huge difference in the happiness and cleanliness of our homes. Check out Saren’s bite-sized job list and a quick video of the certification process that works with her kids.
So while there are 1000’s of hours of Power of Moms work that needs to be done and countless other timely projects that are important to me and to others, I’m protecting my precious time with my precious kids and training my brain to focus on the here and now.
To listen to this post rather than reading it, click here. One June morning in Sacramento, I boarded a Greyhound bus with my five-month-old daughter to visit my parents for a weekend. We were with a rough-looking group of passengers. The drive was six hours. My baby needed a diaper change before we’d even […]
Family road trips can be wonderful! Check out these concrete tips on packing (list included), car time, hotels and more from a mom with lots of road trip experience.