Today I’m going to review a book that I have just read “The Happiest Mom” by Megan Francis. You can still enjoy yourself while being a great parent. This book brings moms fun to enjoy motherhood.[Read more…] about The Happiest Mom by Meagan Francis Review: A Parenting Magazine
I thought I’d re-publish a post from my archives that explains some tricks I’ve learned in my mothering journey that help me make better use of my most precious resource – my time. Enjoy![Read more…] about Do your hours keep slipping away? 5 time-management tips that work for me.
I’ve been thinking all day about a blog post written by my friend Kyran Pittman, an amazing writer, memoirist and mother of three. In the post Kyran explores the idea of what keeps us going as we age, as the people we have loved and lived for – both our children and others – grow up and go away, get old and die. Kyran asks: What abides?[Read more…] about I am a mother. But first, I was just me
The year was 2003. My husband, Andy, and I were living in Guadalajara, México. We were having the time of our lives, soaking in a foreign culture, traveling to the beach every other weekend and entertaining house guests from our home country. One morning, driving in the company-issued Ford Taurus on our way to work, I asked Andy, “Do you think we should have kids?”[Read more…] about My Path to Motherhood: Do we or don’t we want kids?
It’s an image that many of us know well: a young woman, her hair tied back with a red and white bandanna with just a hint of feminine curl sneaking out, her powerful forearm and steely gaze competing for your attention. You may have seen her on a poster in a college dorm room or on the mug of the woman who shares your cubicle.[Read more…] about Historical Motherhood Series: Rosie the Riveter
You probably know the story of Achilles – the mythological Greek warrior and hero of the Trojan war. Achilles was invincible except for one weakness: his heel. Even after winning countless battles, all it took to kill the mighty Achilles was a single arrow in his vulnerable spot.[Read more…] about What’s your parenting Achilles’ heel?
One of the most common questions I hear from other mothers is: “Why is it so hard to make mom friends?” While some of us have serious challenges to friendship (like living out in the middle of nowhere, for example), for many of us the obstacles to creating a support system are more typical and a lot less insurmountable.[Read more…] about 5 Tough-Love Principles for Making Friends with other Moms
Every now and then I’ll read a blog post where a mom is sharing about a difficult time in her life. Maybe she’s going through some kind of trauma, maybe she’s dealing with depression or exhaustion or a difficult discipline issue or just the small, numerous ways kids can (metaphorically speaking, of course) get under your skin and then slowwwwwly peel it back until you’re just a big open nerve.[Read more…] about Does Venting Make Moms Feel Better?
I have a great marriage.
And I’m not delusional. I have seen good marriages, not-so-great marriages, and so-so marriages. I know mine’s good. I know because once, it was bad…really bad.[Read more…] about Happy Marriage Advice from a Previously Divorced Mom
Soon after I got married 15 years ago, I began to amass an impressive (well, maybe “impressive” isn’t quite the right word) collection of plastic containers. I chalk my plastic avalanche up to a couple of factors:[Read more…] about Back to You: Get rid of something you think you need (but really don’t)
Today is my oldest son Jacob’s birthday, and also my 14th anniversary of being a mother. I’m busy in the kitchen today, cooking Jacob’s favorite meal (pot roast, from scratch) and baking a cake (from a mix), so no time for writing…but I thought some of you might enjoy this post from last year.[Read more…] about Is Mealtime a Battlefield? How to Feed your Picky Eaters.
This post is part of our reader-submitted guest post series, My Path to Motherhood. For more about the series, read this post. To read all posts in the series, click here.[Read more…] about My Path to Motherhood: Imperfect timing, perfect surprise