Can Running Make You a Better Parent?

Enjoy the ride. Although many people run for heart health, weight loss, or competition, others run because it’s fun. The endorphins pulsing through your blood leave you smiling. In parenting, it’s important to have those lighthearted and joyful ...more

Yep, My Real Job Is a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always ...more

Letting Go, Letting Them Learn

For as long as I can remember, I have been a riddled with anxiety. On the playground, I studied my tennis shoes with hopes I wouldn't be chosen for kickball. I sweated in the 40-degree weather with fear that my face would resemble a pug dog after one ...more

Let's Get Ready for Preschool!

The first day of school is kind of a big deal, especially for preschoolers. Leaving the comfort of home isn't easy, but it’s a huge milestone for both kids and parents. Prepare for the first day of school by creating an exciting, positive experience ...more

ABC, Easy at 123, Let's Go Back to School!

A – The Aggravation that bubbles inside of you when you realize there are too many things that need to get done for that first day of school and not enough hours in which to do them. ...more

18-Year-Old Cited for Waving Penis Out Car Window: Justified or Not?

If your kid was charged with waving a rubber penis out of a car window, how would you feel? First, I am not saying what he did was right at all. Small children could have seen this, and I'm sure it offended people. Personally, I would have laughed if it were just me and Chris in the car or even my older kids. Obviously they already know what a penis is. ...more
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Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more
I love that you know she wasn't judging you! It's so hard when we are tired/sick.worried ...more

Retiring Baby: When Your Little One Grows Up

It's the night before the first day of school. Everyone's in good spirits, some more excited than others, but it's good enough. My youngest sat in bed, cuddling his little blue bear, “Baby.” I smiled as I remembered the first time I gave him that bear. He was a small guy, maybe three-years-old. He was going to bed and experiencing his typical nighttime anxiety, not wanting me to leave the room until he was fast asleep. I sat at the edge of his bed and picked up the little blue bear, and put it into his arms. He quickly cuddled it. ...more
We are the house of special stuffed animals, blankets, and other coveted baby stuff.  I can ...more

Getting Handy with the Step2 Home Depot Handyman Workbench!

Moving into our new house has kept our to-do list long, not only with unpacking, but also finishing up little projects here and there from some of the renovations and remodeling we had done. When Step2 sent us the new Home Depot Handyman Workbench, which is a Toys R Us exclusive, the kids couldn't get it out of the box fast enough....more

My Blind Spot of Shame: Admitting Your Mistakes

Do you have a difficult time admitting your mistakes? I do–and it’s not always a pride issue. Sometimes it’s because I have a definite blind spot ....more

Buckets of Grace

It’s been a tough week over here – we’re living out the line from the poem from whence the title of this blog comes – Babies Don’t Keep. And sometimes, the not keeping, the growing up, it’s hard! Here’s what’s up ....more

Call for Guest Posts for This Fall

Every Friday for the past 4 years, I’ve featured a guest post here. I love hosting your words: whatever you want to share, open and honest. I’m in the process of scheduling guest posts for this fall ....more

Printable Customized Lunchbox Notes

Today on Every Day Cheer I am sharing my printable customized lunchbox notes....more

A few comments that popped into my brain, which is...

A few comments that popped into my brain, which is in disagreement (in semantics only) with Anon #2 above:1. I feel that people aren't watching you if you succeed or fail. They are watching you because *you are succeeding* and they believe in your cause ....more

Weekend Reading | Aug. 29

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. Explaining Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) to family members, teachers and children Many families that I work with who have children affected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) often struggle with how to explain their child’s “behaviors” to family members, friends, teachers, and other children ....more

Wow. Really sounds like you care about Eden.

Wow. Really sounds like you care about Eden ....more

Footing the bill for college

A decade from now when my son does an Internet search on me and comes across this blog, I want him to read this post in which I state the following:...more