4 Tips for Letting Your Toddler Help

It was 2:00 on a busy Saturday afternoon, and we had spent the day knee and elbow deep in the mud as we worked to install a new water line to the animal shed. We hadn't even had lunch yet, so I was in the kitchen trying to quickly shred some turkey for sandwiches. As I worked, my daughter pulled up a stool to watch. I felt myself getting annoyed as she inched closer and closer. I was hot, tired, trying to hurry, and I had almost tripped over her several times as I moved about. But, suddenly, oblivious to my frustration, she asked, "Mom, can I help?" ...more
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A Side of Paranoia

3:41p.m. I won’t look out the window. He’s only a minute late. I’m not going to look out the window. Everything is fine. It’s only been 1 minute. 60 teeny tiny seconds. Don’t look out the window.3:42p.m. Okay, 2 minutes. He’s 2 minutes late. 2 minutes is not a long time, but just in case… nope. No bus. And there’s usually a car sitting there waiting to pick up one of the kids, but the car isn’t there. Did the bus already go by? No. I didn’t hear the bus. It’s just running late....more

A More Fruitful Life

I enjoy reading posts that speaks to my spirit, So, As I was reading through a book of devotions for LDS youth book, I stopped to read a post titled " A More Fruitful Life"As I read the post, I immediately begin to say to myself, this is exactly how my heart is, and how I think, and how I wish I had a magic wand to cause everyone to have a heart like this because if so, it would make our world a better place to live in. This is how the story goes....more

The Truth About Motherhood

     The dictionary defines a mother as "a female parent; one known for providing care and protection over someone else; a person who expresses maternal affection to others." ...more

My pregnacy of trials and triumphs

Hi there, I Minnie, some of my friends call me Minnie Pearl!(jokingly) I tell them, yes it's great to be a pearl!  I want to take this time to share my one and only pregnancy with everyone just because I feel like it's the right time.  There were times in my life when all of my sisters were having children except for me. I was so upset and so jealous of them and often sad and disappointed and thought I was the black sheep of the family because I was trying and nothing ever happened!...more

The Days as a Stay-At-Home-Mom

As a child, I wanted to be all kinds of things: a writer, a dancer, a teacher … While I had a number of things to be, there was always one thing I never thought I would be: a stay-at-home mom. Or, a housewife. In my pre-kid life, I never imagined that someday I’d be a full time stay-at-home mom… But when I held my first baby, I had a complete new life ahead of me. As soon as we looked in each other eyes, all those thing I wanted to be – faded. They didn’t disappear, but they certainly became secondary. No matter how thrilled I am to be with my kids, this can be a drastic change....more

What Harry Potter Taught Me About Love and Loss

For months since my dad died, I have heard the same question over and over again: "Are you really okay?"  Most of the time it is a genuine question, although sometimes it is dutifully asked as a perfunctory exercise of social graces.Either way, my answer is always the same: "I'm really okay."  I always have been, even if I didn't understand why....more

5 Ways to Make Sure We Still Connect

It’s a typical Friday night, my husband and I decided for date night we would go to a local restaurant, relax a bit and have dinner.  Sometimes around our house,  talking about anything other than day-to-day tasks seems impossible, we like to go out, just focus on each other a bit and have a nice dinner....more

6 Ways To Avoid Power Struggles With Children

All three of my children are headstrong and can be extremely stubborn at times. When they refuse to do as told, it can be frustrating and anger provoking. Many times I’ve resorted to yelling and promising all sorts of punishments if they don’t listen. You can imagine how well those strategies usually work for me....more