• how to be a more present mom
    Motherhood

    How to Be a More Present Mom

    Being a present mom is important because we teach our kids how to treat people by how we treat them. If we want our children to respect other people and to be good listeners, we need to model that for them. If we want them to take breaks from working to enjoy people, we need to show them that we can do that. If we don't want our kids to stress about the past or worry about the future but instead be fully engaged in the present, we need to show them what that looks like. If we want our kids to cherish people and be present in their own…

  • I hope she always wants to sit with me
    Motherhood

    I Hope She Always Wants to Sit With Me

    “Mommy, can I sit with you?”  I hear those words from my 5-year-old constantly. She always wants to sit with me. She has ever since she was big enough to have an opinion. Sometimes it’s not convenient. Sometimes I have writing to do or other work to finish. Sometimes I just want a little space. Sometimes I just want to be comfortable and sit alone for a few minutes.  

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    To the Mom Who Feels Like a “Hot Mess”

    What comes to mind when you think of a "hot mess" mom? I picture a woman with a baby on her hip, cheerios stuck to her shirt, shouting at her kids while they grab items off the grocery store shelf.  Sometimes, I am that mom.  My guess is, so are you. Some days you might see me and think, "She looks like she has it all together."Other days you might see me and think, "Oh goodness, someone get that woman some coffee and a hairbrush."Some days I feel "well and balanced." Some days I feel like a hot mess. The fact is, I'm both.

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    Motherhood

    Why You Should Ditch the Mom Guilt

    Mom guilt—Just thinking about those words brings a flurry of uneasy feelings to my gut."Mom guilt" seems to be a universal experience. But why? Why do we all feel the same negative emotions surrounding the job that we are doing raising our little humans? For example, I feel guilty whenever I discipline my children. Was I too harsh? Will this punishment work? Should I be trying positive reinforcement? Will this make them question my love for them? But whenever I don’t discipline them when I feel it’s deserved, I feel guilty about that too. Am I being permissive? Am I letting them walk all over me? Will they end up…