You could say I’m an extrovert. In high school I was a cheerleader, participated in Student Council, took leading roles in plays and musicals, was voted both Homecoming Princess and Best Personality, and drove my parents crazy with my incessant need to hang out with friends. (Why is this so embarrassing to me now?) Even though I’m now a much more subdued forty-something who no longer needs to … Continue reading»

The Six Sisters’ parents on raising a family

I recently had the opportunity to meet up with a few of the Six Sisters (and their parents!) from the very popular blog, Six Sisters’ Stuff. Totally humble and down-to-earth, Larry and Syd shared some of their best secrets for raising a strong family, and now I’m excited to pass these ideas on to you. In this 12-minute podcast, you’ll get the answers to the following questions: What does Syd … Continue reading»

Six ideas for deliberate gift-giving

Gift-giving has never been easy for me–particularly around the holidays when I desperately want everyone in my life to know how much they matter to me. Sometimes I’ve purchased way too much, and the dozens of hours shopping, wrapping, mailing, unwrapping, organizing, storing, and maintaining all of those gifts have felt like an added burden during an already-busy season. Other times, I’ve kept things simple, but I haven’t … Continue reading»

Mini catastrophes and an “attitude of gratitude”

It’s a Friday morning, 6:50 am, and I’m still asleep. With 10 minutes to spare, I leap out of bed to see if my teenage daughter is awake and getting ready to leave for school by 7:00. I find her wandering around the laundry room in her pajamas looking for something to wear. She’s going to miss her bus. As I rush to throw together a lunch for her, … Continue reading»

Special Time

This is a guest post by Danielle Taylor Porter.  Whether we have preschoolers or teens, this idea of having specific, consistent, uninterrupted time with each child is critical, and Danielle has outlined some simple ways to make it happen. It was a good summer. We swam miles in the lazy river at our local water park, burned holes in our grass from the constant use of the slip … Continue reading»

Yelling and mother’s guilt

I’m one of those people who is susceptible to every form of Mother’s Guilt. If I don’t pay enough attention to my thought processes, I can easily become overwhelmed by my negative self-talk. It’s just the way I’m wired, and I know I’m not alone. The funny thing is, it’s often the mothers who care the most and are trying the hardest who make the easiest prey for … Continue reading»

Should children be allowed to dress themselves?

Today’s post comes from Power of Moms author, Emily Allen.  I have a friend whose kids always match. Not just with each individual outfit– the kids match each other. So do their hair bows. So do their shoes. I can envision those children on the cover of a magazine. I have never been inside their home, but I assume it is impeccable and it smells good. Clearly my … Continue reading»

Is your child a success?

How would you react if your child came home with a C in math on their report card? Probably not like the father in this viral youtube video that put Farnoosh Shahrokhshahi and his son, Aria, on the Today Show. As one of the hosts of the show commented, this father’s reaction is one of the “purest expressions of love”. Aria had a failing grade at the beginning of the semester … Continue reading»

Is your child a success?

How would you react if your child came home with a C in math on their report card? Probably not like the father in this viral youtube video that put Farnoosh Shahrokhshahi and his son, Aria, on the Today Show. As one of the hosts of the show commented, this father’s reaction is one of the “purest expressions of love”. Aria had a failing grade at the beginning of the semester … Continue reading»

Peace in motherhood IS possible

This is what I dreamed of when I got married and started to have children – a happy, lovely family enjoying great times, great relationships, beauty and peace. And here’s what I actually got: (Yes, the photo above is staged. Somehow I don’t remember to grab a camera when kids are fighting, dawdling, complaining, crying or doing other stuff that isn’t very pretty.) The peace we envision and crave … Continue reading»