Tag: parenting

Just Wear the Bathing Suit — Why, How, and a Little Positivity

Just Wear the Bathing Suit — Why, How, and a Little Positivity

Moms, raise your hand if a bathing suit is one of your very favorite pieces of clothing to wear in public. OK, well, if your hand is raised, you can probably stop reading now.  Because you are a rock star of epic proportions and certainly […]

18 Summers?  I Beg to Differ.

18 Summers? I Beg to Differ.

Did you know that you only get 18 summers with your kids?  You know, as dumb as it sounds, I never thought of it that way!  Not until it started being crammed down my throat this summer, anyway. It seems like every time I get […]

Sunday Morning Miracle

Sunday Morning Miracle

Whenever I used to hear that Lionel Richie song, “Easy Like Sunday Morning,” it would make me crazy! Whoever thinks Sunday mornings are easy is obviously not a parent trying to take kids to church! It used to feel like climbing Everest just getting everyone fed, […]

Mom Hacks: Kids & Family Edition

Mom Hacks: Kids & Family Edition

One of my very favorite things is to witness women helping women.  And in today’s installment of Mom Hacks, you get just that. I put out the call on Facebook for the best sanity saving hacks involving managing family life.  I wasn’t sure quite what […]

Bedtime… A Love Story

Bedtime… A Love Story

There’s a sweet spot when you’re raising kids.  That time when, for just a while, maybe all your kids actually have a bedtime.  Not only do they have a bedtime, but they follow it.  And not only do they follow it, but they legit stay […]

My Kids are Mine, But They’re Not Me

My Kids are Mine, But They’re Not Me

Our oldest son can play at least 4 different instruments.  I can’t play a single one. My second son is an absolute crack up with a sharp wit and quick sense of humor.  I’m never quite as speedy with a clever comeback. Our older daughter […]

Who WERE these grown up kids?  And can I keep them?

Who WERE these grown up kids? And can I keep them?

I’m not sure whose kids stayed at my house this weekend, but I’d respectfully request that they move in permanently. Wait.  What?  What’s that you say? You mean these were actually my own children?  These amazing humans who were self-reliant, pleasant, helpful, sweet, and hilarious…were […]

Finding Joy in the Teen Years

Finding Joy in the Teen Years

I recently Googled “parenting teens” just to see what would come up. To my complete lack of surprise, here are some of the articles that popped up on the first page: Dealing with Difficult Teens 5 Mistakes Parents Make with Teens A Parent’s Guide to […]

Tackling the Teen Years: Advice from the Trenches

Tackling the Teen Years: Advice from the Trenches

Parenting teenagers is a wonderful experience!  Those tiny humans you snuggled and loved and nurtured as babies are finally showing some promise as actual decent human beings!  Gone are the days of constant worry about potty-training, pacifiers, nap time, and learning to read.  These larger, hairier, […]

Parenting & the Pumpkin Patch

Parenting & the Pumpkin Patch

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. So it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 and so it is with the annual family trek to the pumpkin patch.  I was struck with this realization the other day when Greg and I […]