We have a zero-tolerance policy in my house when it comes to kindness to each other. But have I taught my kids that the same rules apply on the playground, in a friend’s home, at school, and even in the forever-long checkout line?
Posts in the "Finding More Joy" category:
Like adults, children crave love and attention, especially from their mothers–their first “true love.” Creating “I Love You” rituals in the home is probably one of the simplest things you can do as a mother to yield big results. Here are some fun ways to get you started!
My social media addiction was disconnecting me from the most important things in life. I walked away from Instagram for a month and gained so much from not being tethered to technology.
Even if you’ve never tried yoga before, the concepts in this book can help you find inner calm during the “spilt milk” moments of life.
I’ve struggled to know how to respond in that moment when I’m feeling exhausted and frustrated and the older lady tells me to “enjoy every moment.” I think the message underneath her advice is, “I miss my kids. I miss being a mom.”
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.
April reads three amazing posts created by deliberate mothers in our community: “Everyone Needs Backup” by Aubrey Degn, “Exercise Therapy” by Sarah Badat Richardson, and “How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Child’s Teacher” by Amanda Hamilton Roos.
We knew she was often on social media, scrolling through the feeds of her friends and assessing how many likes their photos had compared to her own. So, as a family, we decided to establish when and where we could be on social media and how we would use it.
There is no bickering or arguing. There are no accusations of “You got to pick yesterday!” In a house with four boys, this tiny victory feels huge.
I found myself at the end of the day, frustrated and angry at myself for failing to do what I should have done. Then in a quiet moment I thought, Stop listing your failures. Start listing your successes.
Initially, my children met my idea with skepticism. My daughter said, “Uh, honestly Mom? I don’t think I have an hour a week for you.” Good thing she laughed after she said it. But she was right—we were having a hard time finding an hour to even have a conversation.
There are many things I want to do in my life and most of them are made more difficult by motherhood: write books, travel the world, get a master’s degree, read more, learn photography, take classes in everything from art to astronomy…Ultimately I realized, who I want to be is more important than all of those things that I want to do.