Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the messy house, loads of laundry, and disobedient or defiant children? Do you ever feel worn-out and empty? Do your children ever seem to be the source of your problems? Author Karin Brown shares how she learned to identify the real problems.
Posts in the "Optimism (and Gratitude)" category:
These three posts remind us that our thoughts are powerful. Listen in for ideas on defeating fear, finding gratitude within mini catastrophes, and creating ways to care for ourselves during a busy time of year. Enjoy!
Do you sometimes forget to thank those whom you love the most? Author Amanda Hamilton Roos shares an idea for a sweet Thanksgiving tradition that will help you express gratitude to your immediate family.
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.
Are you trying to do it all, for everyone, on minimal sleep, and with a smiling face? Stephanie Sprenger shares her perspective on the messiness of perfection and the silver lining of a gloomy Monday.
What will your kids actually remember about their childhood? As April sends her 18 year old daughter, Alia, off to college, she shares what actually mattered in the end.
“You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” Have you ever said this to your child? Have you ever said it to yourself? Author Tomie Day Bankhead explains how this simple, childhood lesson can help us accept the disappointments of life and become more optimistic, positive mothers.
What is perfect? It’s such a personal thing. If I were to ask you to describe your “perfect” day, it would most likely be different from the description I would give. What about the perfect man, or the perfect meal, or the perfect weather? The media is always trying to impose their definition of perfect […]
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.
Motherhood is often punctuated by challenges, sometimes small and mundane and sometimes lasting and heart-wrenching. How can we get through them? The Stockdale Paradox, a mix of optimism and discipline, could be part of your solution.
This article was originally published on June 4, 2011. It used to drive me crazy when mothers of older children would say this to me. All I could think was how easy it was for them to say that when their children could bathe themselves, dress themselves, feed themselves, entertain themselves, get in and out […]
While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.