I have a house full of children who are all apparently in the “creative” phase of life. They love to generate stuff, and lots of it. If it involves markers, crayons, paintbrushes, beads, fabric or wood, my children (minus my way-too-busy-for-crafts three year old) are all over it.
You might be surprised to find out that the death of one of our daughters has not been the hardest part of motherhood for me. I don’t completely understand that myself, other than I was given a mercy that surpasses my ability to cope.
We’re going to be talking a lot over the next month about The Power of Progress, but before we get too carried away with lots of pie-in-the-sky plans and goals, I wanted to address a special group of mothers that often have a hard time feeling like they are making any progress: the mothers of infants. […]
I had a hard day with my seven-year-old. The day had been difficult, and bed time had been even worse. Sharing a room with a younger sibling made it even harder. The tantrum had gone on long enough, and I was frustrated. I mandated my expectation and the consequence that would be given if it […]
This is an older book that kind of jumped out at me at my local library. “Don’t set goals?! Now that sounds like something I could really be good at!” In reality, the author doesn’t have anything against goals, just the way that we tend to go about them. Instead of setting a goal, he talks about “getting” a goal. The book really discusses the concept of “being,” and the author reminds us that “talk is cheap.” It’s…
The days are getting longer and the nights warmer. Barbeque season is in the air and it is the perfect time to get together with your neighbors and build a greater sense of community. Get your children involved in creating flyers to hand out around your neighborhood. Make sure to include the date, time, place, […]
We have a running joke in our family. When my husband and I first were married he said that he wanted to have ten kids. I told him that I would do the first five and he would need to figure out how to get the other five here.
Do you ever feel empty, unsatisfied, or like something is missing? Do you feel guilty because you have a good life, but you are always looking for more? Are you under the impression that being a mom should fill and complete you . . . but it doesn’t? That’s okay! You’re in good company. After […]
I’ve always loved this story about the new bride and the pot roast: “There once was a young bride who decided to make her husband a pot roast for dinner. After trimming the meat, she cut the end off the roast and put it in the pan. As her husband watched her prepare dinner, […]
Editor’s Note: The Power of Moms is a website for mothers of all religions (and for mothers who are not necessarily religious). Each Sunday, we post a spiritual essay, and we would love to gather a wide variety of perspectives and ideas. Our goal is to be respectful of all beliefs while simultaneously offering opportunities […]
This is for my own “perfect” mom. Happy Mother’s Day! Over the years I have talked to more than one mom who does not like Mother’s Day. Why? Usually it has something to do with feeling she doesn’t match up to the accolades; that she somehow falls short. Maybe her kids are struggling a bit […]
Rarely does a story stick with me for 10 years, but this one (told to me by my friend Pam) has: One day, a boy walked into a room where an older man wearing head phones was dancing like crazy. It was almost embarrassing to watch as he waved his arms, bounced his knees, and […]