Alone in a quiet hospital, holding her new baby, Heather Bell reminds us that God is with us, always.
When It’s Okay to Ignore Your Children (Video Included)
We’re all about looking our children in the eye, validating their feelings, and helping them feel important and heard. While I agree that it’s absolutely vital to acknowledge and validate a child’s feelings, I actually think there are times when the best thing you can do for them is to simply ignore them.
Picture Story: Dandelions
In viewing myself as a dandelion, I was able to understand my own position as a mother and the choices that I am able to make.
They Really Do Grow Up!
It can be hard to really enjoy the “now” when you’re getting slammed by so many hard things all the time. It can be easier to see the beauty in things that are past than in things that are present. Saren shares some ideas for cherishing the beautiful precious present with our children.
Six Ways to Never Take Motherhood for Granted
I definitely don’t have all the answers. But I have been thinking hard about what I can do to live my life more fully. I think there are some small measures we can take every day to make sure we are not taking the important things in life for granted.
Living for Wednesday
As moms we have hard days. Someone is sick, jobs are lost, days are long, money is tight, messes are made, things don’t go as planned. But there is a bright tomorrow. Maybe it’s not a literal tomorrow, but there is an ending to the difficulties somewhere in your future.
Spiritual Sundays: When Nurturing Doesn’t Come Naturally
I never thought my life would turn out this way. To be honest, I never knew if “mothering” was in me. Even now, I’m still trying to figure out how to do it well. Why? Because I am not, by nature, a nurturer.
8 Tips for When the Long Days Get Longer
Days seem a lot longer when you are parenting by yourself! Marinda Bush shares, “Without this time ‘alone’ I never would have known that I am brave, strong, confident, resourceful and independent. I’ve been pushed in ways I wouldn’t have chosen for myself.”
How to Become Less Judgmental in Nine “Easy” Years
As a new mom, I noticed all the little flaws in other people’s parenting because I was unsure of my own skills. But now, nine years into my parenting journey, I’ve learned that, on some days, just getting out of the house with everyone wearing shoes is a victory.
Facing My Biggest Fear
Do you ever feel that your skill set as a mother is not enough to meet the daily challenges that arise? Author Tiffany Hancock shares a personal glimpse into her earliest mothering moments and the fear and inadequacy she felt at that time–as well as how she overcame that fear and moved forward with faith.
As mothers, sometimes it seems like we blink and our children have grown and changed right before our eyes. Kortni Miller reminds us to savor each of our children’s moments in her article “Growing Pains,” as she draws attention to the seemingly small things we can savor in everyday life as mothers.
When Parenting Isn’t “By the Books”
Before my son was born, I thought that preparation would be the key to parenting…What I hadn’t counted on was that parenting throws curve balls and that all the parenting books in the world aren’t going to help you figure out your own style as a parent.
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