Keep calm, and have a laugh

Okay, so I know we’ve had some big topics the past few weeks, that I hope have helped you work through different struggles and come to some epiphanies around parenting and the stories we are telling ourselves. So today, I thought we’d keep it light and keep the laughter coming. And what better way to do that than with memes, right? Some of these are my own, and others I just had to share because they are so true, and …

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Are you yelling too soon?

Acting out. We all know this story very well. And we may even think that our children are the only ones that act out this often, or on this level. Don’t fear, your children are not the only ones. Each child has their reasons for misbehavior or moments where they just can’t hold it together anymore and they act out. It’s part of childhood. Have you asked your parents recently about your childhood misbehavior? I’m sure they have some stories …

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LOVE your calendar!

  Don’t stress the schedule… If you’re like me, just the thought of looking at your calendar can create a sense of anxiety. Many of us have our days filled — from the moment we wake up, until our head thankfully hits the pillow at night. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a sense of great accomplishment when you are able to put all of the puzzle pieces together and get everyone’s schedules in sync. That’s the beauty of …

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Don’t Stress It!

As young kids we often imagine what it will be like when we have a family of our own. Who will we marry? Will we have a big house? How many kids will we have? What will life be like? When we do meet that special someone, or get married, or move into the house, or start the family, while great and amazing in its own way, it’s often not what we dreamt of as a child. Reality sets in …

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Do you feel lonely, sometimes?

Parenthood can feel lonely sometimes, can’t it? Even with our spouses by our side, or especially if we are a single parent, raising children is no easy task and we can sometimes retreat, rather than reach out, when we struggle as parents. This is something we ALL go through at some point. As a mom of two boys, I’ve been there many times myself. I worry about my children, question some of my actions and reactions, and can certainly get …

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3 Ways to Say “No” Without the Battle

“NO” can be one of the most difficult, yet most liberating, words to say. But nowadays, with the word “no” comes the connotation that you’re being unfair, selfish, or stubborn, and can give you that lingering feeling that you’re letting your children down. When, in fact, it can be just the opposite! The key is figuring out when to say “no” – and then sticking to it! If “NO” is a word that instinctively makes you squirm or curl-up into …

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Your Answer To A Stress-Free Holiday Season

As parents, many of us struggle with “the management” of all that we have to do on a daily basis (myself included). Scrambling to all of the kids’ activities, managing a myriad of household responsibilities and juggling multiple roles – all while attempting to maintain some semblance of sanity! This is especially true during the holiday season! Know that you are certainly not alone and that the whirlwind of modern day family life is completely normal. According to recent studies …

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Get a Handle on Screen Time with this Simple Technique

I hope you had a wonderful (and perfectly messy) Thanksgiving! We certainly did, and here’s a picture of our family’s gratitude sheets! So … I have to admit this is actually a topic that my family needs to get a handle on right now. I decided to write about it because I know this is an issue that comes up for lots of families throughout the year — especially moving into the holiday season when there’s more free time! We …

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Make This Thanksgiving A Messy One

It’s that time again. Thanksgiving is not only a momentous event in itself, but it signifies that the Holidays are quickly approaching … and along with the familiar festivities, cheerful music, colorful decorations and the gift-giving spirit also comes the scramble to get everything ready! (Not to mention the gift shopping some of us may be starting come Black Friday …) Stress and overwhelm threaten to creep into our lives during this cozy and celebratory season as we head into …

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Kids Won’t Stop Bickering? Here’s A Dose Of Sibling Sanity!

Ahhh the wonders of sibling relationships… Wonderful and complex. To have someone by your side as you grow and shift into the person you want to become. Sounds like a dream, right? If you’re like me, and you have more than one child, then you know that this is not always the case. In fact, it is often less about the appreciation and more about the arguments and battles between them. With two boys, I know how the near-constant bickering …

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