For five years I have been on a journey to discover how to balance my life, so I can feel more love, peace, and happiness with my family. Thankfully, I buried my “Supermom” cape long ago. I am enough, and so are you!
What doesn’t get talked about much are the ways that single parenting is absolutely amazing. Which is a shame, because even though it’s hard, I know I have had some very special experiences that were only possible because I’m a single parent.
We tell ourselves stories about our lives and our children, but we can and need to tell ourselves the best part of our stories.
I spent most of my childhood caring for baby dolls as if they were the real deal and dreaming up lists of baby names I would someday use. Throw in an endless amount of negative pregnancy tests and dreams suddenly turn into something dangerous: disappointment.
There are days that I am endlessly running, and it helps to consider the view from above. It doesn’t eliminate what needs to be done, but it helps me to remember that my actions do matter.
In this episode, author of “Disrupt Yourself,” Whitney Johnson, offers powerful ideas for how you can heighten your effectiveness and enjoyment as a mom as you Take the Right Risks, Play to your Distinctive Strengths, Embrace Constraints, and Step Down, Back or Sideways to Grow.
What I thought would be a lesson for my son in appropriate store behavior turned into a lesson for me about compassion. I learned that sometimes compassion trumps other things, like my plans.
We often make “to-do” lists, but have you ever made a “don’t” list? It’s one tool I’m using to identify what I am choosing not to focus on at this time in my life. And it’s helped me get rid of some of the guilt we carry around as mothers for not being able to do it all.
Pleasant names can make just about anything more pleasant. These are my suggestions for giving more uplifting descriptions to the responsibilities associated with raising children.
I am an annoying parent. I’m not talking about being annoying to other people; I’m talking about being annoying to my children themselves. I’ve found that when I tweak the delivery of my expectations to be less irritating, I enjoy parenting more and have fewer battles with my strong-willed son.
Chris Hicks has been a movie reviewer for both newspapers and radio for over 30 years. In his book, he explains the history and process of getting a movie rated, as well as the politics and profit strategies at work. He also offers a passionate challenge to both Hollywood and parents to protect childhood by making and viewing movies wisely.
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