How I Became a Better Mom

This spring, I met one of those mothers. You know the kind. The kind that make you feel wholly inadequate as a mother. It all went down at our public library, where my oldest daughter Ada was enjoying a weekly story time. This mother also had a four-year-old daughter in story time, about Ada’s age, as well as a second daughter, a little older than second, Mya....more
This is EXACTLY right!  I have been thinking about this.  The progression of more children and ... more

3 Steps to Overcoming Fear in Firsts

Fear of the unknown and paralysis in firsts can be overcome through creating a new understanding of awe, gratitude, and faith. Step One: Create a Sense of Awe Close your eyes. You about to set the stage for newness. You are going to understand when you open your eyes that you will experience everything for the first time. When you notice the dresser in front of you, the person in front of you, the view you are about to see, it will be entirely new. New landscape, new smell, new feel, new meaning and understanding. ...more
you just gotta do it.  Plunge in even with butterflies. ... more

Why It's Good to Ignore Your Kids

Sometimes I ignore my kids. Perhaps ignore is a strong word. It has a negative, slimy feeling to it that doesn't quite express what I'm talking about. Maybe I should use a euphemism here. How does encouraging independent play sound? Good? Okay then I'll carry on....more
I was just thinking about this earlier today.  My role in life is not to entertain my children. ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 9: Share A Moment and Enter to Win an iPod Touch!

This sweepstakes is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out our new sweepstakes launching July 1. ...more
My toolkit is an old fashioned calendar and pen.  I've tried to use my calendar on my phone, but ... more

35 Resources to Help You Get Organized

Everyone needs a list of go-to tools to help them with the important things in their lives. Getting organized is no different. As we wrap up this year in Life Well Lived, I wanted to leave you with (in no particular order) my favorite resources that help me get sanely organized, including some I've created and hope you'll find useful. A few are probably things you have heard of before, but hopefully you will also find a some new resources to add to your list, and to your life. Enjoy!Products:...more
FLYlady has helped me out a lot! more

Stop Inviting My Kid to Church: Religion Is Not for Children

Recently, a few of Miss N's friends have been sincerely inviting her to church. This part will be touchy for people who do not believe the same as we do and I respect that; I'll raise my kids and you can raise yours. I do not think religion is for children. I think that they should be exposed to the beliefs of all people, and while I will tell my children "this is what Mommy and Daddy believe," I do not expect her to believe the same thing. I'll ask Miss N what she thinks -- and she has some really amazing thoughts on the matter -- but I will not tell her she is wrong if she disagrees with me about the big beliefs....more
What happens if she chooses to believe in the God you have chosen not to believe in?  What will ... more

Simple Ways to Get Your Kids Organized

From DVD programs that supposedly expand your brain to speed-reading programs, there are a plethora of products on the market that cater to parents looking to give their children a leg up. But before you rush out to buy a brain-enhancing product, consider another (free) alternative: instilling a good habit or routine. There are many reasons why a good habit is a better bet than that fancy flash-card system. ...more
And on occasion, I will say, "Okay!  Before we can eat supper, we will have a 5 minute pick up ... more

Ten Ways to Organize Your Papers - Online and Offline

I hear it over and over again from just about everyone I talk to about getting organized. “Help me get rid of my paper clutter. Help me organize the papers I have so I can find them when I need them.” What I have found is that people think this is much harder to do than it actually is. Often they have such difficulty overcoming their inertia that they never even attempt to organize their papers. And once they add in the virtual clutter on their computers just the thought of organizing makes them reach for the aspirin. ...more
It seems like no matter what I do, I will always have clutter.  I guess it is time to embrace ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 7: Share A Moment and Enter to Win a Kindle Fire!

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When my son's leg was hurt and my daughter's first response was, "Mom!  We really should pray!" more

Helping Your Kids Understand Happiness

The best advice I can give about helping kids understand happiness is to be happy yourself. Your modeling, behavior, language, reactions, goals, habits, mood, and reinforcement all influence how your child will perceive and understand happiness. If you want your children to be happy, then I believe you first must be happy. ...more
I would much rather model for my children contentment in the midst of any situation we are ... more