Make an effort to reach out to another mother in your school or neighborhood tomorrow. Try to be a little more neighborly. Open yourself up to the idea of making a new friend. Build strong social and emotional supports among mothers within our living, breathing communities. Because mothers with caring and connected friendships make better moms in general for our children.
Attentive listening is arguably the supreme gift we can give children of any age, but especially our teenagers. And the big bonus is that it doesn’t cost a cent.
Before my due date, I lost count of how many times people told me about sleep deprivation. Looking back, I think this is because it’s their overriding memory of life with a newborn. It’s their way of saying, “‘Welcome to the club; it’s one hell of a ride.”
More often than not, the people around us, those we love and those we don’t love yet, are wearing brave faces. It’s likely that you’re doing the same in at least one aspect of your life right now.
Before my first day of school as a mom, I loved mornings. Yet once I had school-aged children, things changed. Little did I know that my mornings would look nothing like the sitcoms. One day the solution came to me. We would create a morning schedule. And it worked!
Children need to understand the importance of sleep and how it recharges their bodies, helps them grow, and keeps them healthy. As they are still learning this, bedtime can feel like World War III, but improving behavior starts with us—the parents.
Rachel wants us to feel fantastic and be motivated to live our best lives for ourselves and for our children. This book will validate you and help you to be a better mother, partner, friend, and professional.
Organizing doesn’t come naturally to me. In fact, unless acted upon by an outside force (visitors!), most of the time our house was gravitating towards chaos. When my sister-in-law last visited, she shared some of her simple “secrets” for keeping a clean and orderly home. Here’s what I learned.
I never thought hugs would decrease as my kids get older, but it’s alarming to me how it just naturally happened. Making a conscious effort to include more snuggles and hugs in each day means I have to be aware of what I’m doing—or not doing.
Before I became a mother, my favorite time of day was quitting time—that most beautiful of hours when I could put everything away, lock the doors, shuck the worries of the office, and head home. I miss that time now that I am a mother because motherhood is a job that never ends.
Today I’m giving myself—and you—permission to ditch whatever ideal you had, stop looking at how someone else does it, and instead just do it your own way. Embrace it. Be authentic to you.
Do you find yourself embarking on a new phase of mothering, such as your oldest child entering junior high school? Author Lori Gard reflects on the ways she has tried to build strong relationships with her children, so their relationships can serve as a bridge during times of transition for the family.