How Your Parenting Style Affects Your Kids
Is there a parent alive that hasn’t wondered if they are screwing up their children in one way or another?
As parents, we all do a mental battle with ourselves, “If I am too strict, they won’t feel loved, if I am too lenient, they'll walk all over me.” What to do? What to do?
When it comes to disciplining your tween or teen, the real question is: Are you willing to suffer short-term pain for long-term gain?
In other words, do you give in simply for the peace and convenience of the moment, …
The "Perfect" Mom: Turning intimidation into inspiration.
Calling All Super Moms!
If you’re a wife and a mom, I think it’s hard to read about the woman in Proverbs 31:10-31 without feeling like you come up short. Not only does she sound like she does it all, but she sounds like she’s got it all together. How annoying. At least, that’s honestly how I feel, especially on a day where just getting the kids fed and out of the house on time feels like I’m trying to squeeze water out of a rock. “What’s that in your hair?”, you ask. “That would be the baby…
Stop Surviving the Holidays: Confessions of a Slightly Cynical, A-Type, Holiday Control Freak
I spent YEARS trying to make the holiday perfect. Whatever that means.
I had my own ideas about what the holidays should be like, and by gosh by golly you better step in line or get the holly jolly out of my way.
In short, I was a complete lunatic between November 1st and January 1st. I pushed and pulled friends, family, my schedule and my wallet in attempt to give thanks, deck the halls, make the season bright, and ring in the new year.
Call me crazy, but I think about holding …
Summer Screen Time Wars
Well, it's summer, moms and dads...um, yay?
I hope you enjoyed your full two seconds of rest because here it comes. You guessed it... The epic quest to battle to defeat (or at least survive) taking on the blue screen monster that attempts to take over our kids faces ALL SUMMER LONG.
(Stay out of this, Kid Rock, no one is talking to you.)
If you are even remotely attempting to limit you kids' screen time, or say ask them to come up for air long enough to do something crazy like eat or shower…
Body Shaming Bullies
I grew up in Michigan, which is basically the frozen tundra.
Seriously, we watched football outdoors in shorts when it walk is the 50's. Ooooh, balmy.
I did my first undergrad in Manhattan. Neither of these places uses the words "bikini ready" very often.
...then I moved to South Florida. The land of perpetual bikini readiness. Groan.
For awhile it didn't phase me. It's possible that I was just young, in good shape, and did not have the perspective that giving birth to two babies and subs…
Dear First Trimester of My Pregnancy (An ode to Hyperemesis Gravidarum)
Yesterday, May 15th, was Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Awareness Day. I intended to blog and tweet about it but my sinus infection had other plans. Curse you, pollen!
If you don't know about hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) it is morning sickness on steroids. It is constant, unrelenting ALL DAY and NIGHT sickness, and it usually lasts the full 9 months of a pregnancy. I had it for both of mine. Now I mentor other moms though HG because it is nothing short of a horror show that robs you of all the joy…
This Is Not What I Signed Up For
"This is not what I signed up for." Raise your hand if you've been saying THAT for the last year and half. Maybe longer? (Guilty)
Honestly, I think this has been my mantra for MUCH LONGER than I'd like to admit. I watched the business I'd spent 11 years building crash and burn in the wake of 2020. As a mother I found myself led to choose between my family and my work. Somehow, it was the easiest and hardest choice I've made all rolled into a giant dumpster fire of emotion and chaos.
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