I was recently with a group of my trusted friends when I sheepishly admitted that I don’t like playing with my kids. Fortunately, they had lots of good ideas of ways to make play more natural and enjoyable for me as a mother.
Are you ever baffled by your child’s obsession with screens, phones, or video games? Dawn Wessman models a child-lead discussion that eliminated battles, improved her son’s mood, increased learning and activity level, as well as deepened their relationship.
You mean my teenager wants me to stand behind what I say?
I needed to take control of my negative thoughts and find a way to appreciate myself as a mother, so I found four ways to focus more on the good “mom”ents than the bad.
Just as the seasons are in a constant cycle of change, so are our lives. Each stage of motherhood from the baby years to the teenage years comes with its own set of joys and challenges.
I want to live in a community where women can showcase their strengths and pursue their talents– at home and in the workforce–without the fear of being or looking “too good.” When women excel, at anything, it is good for all of us.
When I asked my five-year-old how we could improve the transition of our new baby into our family, I was surprised by his thoughtful response.
Many parenting situations are not funny at the time. In fact, some are downright horrifying! But the ability to look back and laugh can make all the difference in how we approach new challenges and put difficult times behind us.
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.
I used to have more mom-related demands in some areas (diaper changing, mess-clean-up, bathing and feeding kids) and a lot less in others (driving to activities, helping with homework, dealing with moods, emotions, and friend drama). As my mom always says, life doesn’t get easier – it just gets different.
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!
In Daring Greatly, author Brené Brown goes to the heart of what many of us think, but never talk about—the hidden shame we feel about ourselves in various aspects of our lives and the reluctance to be vulnerable about sensitive topics.