It’s easy to talk about the chaos and the “busy” of the holidays and get caught up in the stress and pressure of the season. Many talk about how crazy and out of control this month can be. Too many people I know – including myself – will be celebrating holidays without a close loved one who passed on sometime during this year.  Even when everyone around us is singing the stressed out “busy” tune, we can choose to shift our focus away from crazy and chaos to appreciation and enjoyment and HAPPY. You know who can help? Our kids.  ...more

Give thanks at Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving, give thanks!Here are a couple of straight-forward thoughts from me about how to have the thanks-giving be most meaningful and impactful.First…...more

Have you seen it? F-Bombs for Feminism. What do you think?

Little girls dressed as princesses are dropping f-bombs (yeah, the real f-bombs) to support a good cause: feminism, gender equality. They make some powerful points and, of course, delivered by little girls, it gets our attention.If you want to see the video, watch here.What do you think? Going too far to make the point? Or finally getting pointed enough?I don’t know that I’d be gutsy enough to launch a feminism campaign like this. And, I’m glad they’re are getting people to think....more

Someone’s expecting? Congratulations are in order! … Aren’t they?

We often make assumptions!It can be easy to assume that if someone is married and over the age of 22 that it’s good news when they tell us they’re pregnant. Congratulations are in order!! (Aren’t they?)It can also be easy to assume that if someone is unmarried, a teenager, or just lost their job that it’s bad news to be pregnant....more

Mommies Made Ready!

When you’re expecting, new questions and concerns flood your mind and heart every day. There are many who are willing to give you unsolicited advice. And, there’s just a LOT of pregnancy-related information out there.It can be overwhelming! How are you going to it weed through it all and get your specific questions answered?...more

Let it be easy!

Do you ever notice that sometimes we take the hard road?   Do you ever feel things have to be “just so” when they really don’t?  Ever feel the pressure to go “all out?”  ...more

You’re a Full Time Mom!

Whatever your definition of being a mom is, Francielle Daly considers you a Full Time Mom....more

Stop comparing yourself to other moms!

Stop comparing! It’s nasty business.It’s too easy to see another mom excelling in an aspect of parenting and then start to get anxious that we’re not doing it right or well enough. We notice and get concerned about this perceived “gap” and totally forget about our accomplishments....more

Asking for help creates a win-win (It really, really does!)

Tricia didn’t believe that asking for help would create a win-win. She thought she’d feel weak and like a pest and that her in-laws would feel burdened. She was wrong....more

It’s just a phase

Phases. We go through many of them as parents. Some breeze on by before we give them much more than a second thought. Others – whether or short or long-lived – cause us worry and occupy our minds and hearts as we’re trying to tell ourselves, “It’s just a phase.”...more