During the summer I sometimes feel guilty when I ignore my children to do housework. Other times I feel frustrated because I give them attention but neglect essential tasks. I realized something needed to change, so I instituted a tradition that has since been the highlight of summer.
Posts in the "Balance" category:
Why are we so busy? What good does it do? We used to rush from school and work and soccer practice to piano practice to the drive-through again for dinner to homework to collapse into bed and do the same thing the next day. I decided something had to change.
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.
We’re all about looking our children in the eye, validating their feelings, and helping them feel important and heard. While I agree that it’s absolutely vital to acknowledge and validate a child’s feelings, I actually think there are times when the best thing you can do for them is to simply ignore them.
Are you outlasting the challenges of motherhood? Or is your endurance in need of some work? As mothers, we need to remember that we are built for the long haul—to outlast the hard moments, days, weeks, and years we have before us. We are built to last.
Without nurturing their own energy, passion, and health–and without setting limits on their own activity–women are useful to no one. Self-care is about controlling your own health and happiness. It means the people in your life receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
Barbara Walters expressing regret over not having a bigger family has Allyson thinking: It might be a worthwhile exercise to take a few minutes while thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions and ask ourselves, “What do I want more than anything else?”
While some things change as you move from one stage to the next, other challenges remain the same. I think finding a balance between getting personal work done and being fully present for our children is something mothers will always struggle with
I definitely don’t have all the answers. But I have been thinking hard about what I can do to live my life more fully. I think there are some small measures we can take every day to make sure we are not taking the important things in life for granted.
Do you ever feel like your watch is running in “fast forward?” Author Daisy Phillips shares valuable tips on how to better organize our time and how this will help us create a more positive attitude about motherhood.
It’s back to school, and back to that crazy schedule. Power of Moms’ author Tasha Bradshaw shares great tips on how she keeps her sanity and finds balance and fulfillment by grounding herself to the basics.
When my daughter started having trouble with emotional outbursts and controlling her anger, I started to teach her about mindfulness. She’s becoming more aware of her emotions and how to calm herself so she can respond instead of react when she gets frustrated, and I have discovered new insights about mindfulness and parenting in the process.