Big brother picks on little brother, mom picks on big brother, mom picks on herself. This situation is a common vicious cycle in many families. But, how can we break it? By controlling how we respond. By being curious.
Posts in the "Finding More Joy" category:
My college self would be disappointed with my life today. Back then, I had it all mapped out. Turns out my 18 year-old self couldn’t see the whole picture.
Yearning for motherhood may be painful, but it is a beautiful and natural thing. It can lead to growth and make room in our hearts. If we reach out to each other in compassion, it can forge bonds that build hope.
After I had three children, I needed to do some soul-searching. Out of necessity, I had grown a hobby into a business. I was still at home all week, but I would fit “work” into times when my husband was home. It was a lucrative business, and it seemed like my dream job until…
As my kids have gotten older, I have more free moments in my life. I have looked forward to these moments for years and want to fill them intentionally. Here are some of the things I have chosen to do with these small spaces in my day.
It’s happened to all of us, but somehow it’s so much more painful when it happens to our kids! What do you do when your child comes home in tears because of mean kids? Here are some insights to help your child feel tough when the bullies get rough.
Our second son could be sweet, but he was also a hitter, a biter, and when upset, he would attack anyone who was in reach or run away. It was terrifying being his mother. Then I found a method that worked like magic—to simply love my son.
One of the best ways I’ve found to maximize time with my children, make them feel loved, help them become smarter, develop their vocabulary, raise them to be empathetic with high emotional intelligence–all while I get to crash on the couch–is reading aloud.
You may have heard that Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” As a mom, whatever the “fail,” I can always find something that I learned. Whenever I see the hashtag #momfail, my heart hurts. Can we change it, please?
When bedtime didn’t go as planned, I found a way to show my son that I don’t just love him, I enjoy him too.
After my second baby was born, I was an emotional wreck. I had a meltdown about not feeling like me anymore. Eventually, I was able to make time in my regular routine for activities that bring me joy. With a little juggling, patience and planning, you can too!
For moms of challenging children, it does get easier. As you work hard every day to maintain your patience, your composure, and your sanity, celebrate your successes and forgive yourself for your failings. Know that one day, it will all pay off.