Encouragement for Moms

Parenting always gives me lots to write about. Here are some of my favorite articles.

Walk Away From Worry With The Magic 5:1

I looked down at my wounds. Two lines of raw skin replaced where the strap to my fancy shoes had just adorned my feet. Every time I wear those sandals, my feet spend the next week recovering. Yet I still talk myself into that stylish pair BECAUSE MY OUTFIT WILL LOOK PERFECT WITH THEM. (Evil laugh from the knife-like straps on my sandals.) Read on...

Get Your Kids Out the Door Happy and On Time with THIS

The terrible-horrible-very-bad-worst part of our morning is when I announce "Time to go!" We all simultaneously lose our brain cells. Read on...


Beautifully Exhausted

I could feel the dark circles around my eyes and I hadn't even looked in the mirror yet. I woke up tired because the night before, I’d partied like it was 1999… Doing laundry. Read on...

                                                      
To the Moms of Babies (And Moms Who Miss that Stage)

To all you moms of babies out there who love this stage… I understand you. I love the baby stage, too: the cooing and smiles, the rocking and nursing, the little legs dangling from your hip. We hold our babies and heaven feels near. Read on...





Thorn-In-My-Side-Brain #GoAway

Often I have Normal-Brain with normal thoughts enjoying a normal day. But then there’s Thorn-in-my-Side-Brain. She shows up unannounced, uninvited and always overstays her welcome. Let me tell you how Thorn-in-my-Side-Brain thinks... Read on...

                     

18 Hours and I Felt Braver (For Moms)

I did something I never thought I could do this summer: I drove 18 hours alone with my three kids on a marathon road trip. Not straight - that’s madness. Over three days, I drove 9 hours, 5.5 hours, and then 3.5 hours. But still. Eighteen hours. Read on...




Do You Daily Tell Yourself these Unhealthy Lies

I have noticed a few lies we sometimes embrace as truths. I have noticed them in conversations, in actions, and sometimes in my own thoughts. I’m calling out these five lies... Read on...




8 Reasons Why Alone Time for YOU is Good FOR YOUR KIDS

The other day, I did it again. I took time for myself. {Gasp.} When I rejoined the family, my husband asked me if I enjoyed my alone time. Me: Yes. (Pause.) But now I feel guilty. Husband: Why? Me: I don’t know. It just seems like there’s so much else I really should be doing. Alone time seems like a waste of my time... and kind of selfish. Read on...


When Parenting Gets Hard

My three young boys and I still had not made it through the security checkpoint. The airport was hot, our carry-ons heavy and we stood uncomfortably close to strangers. Turtles moved faster than that line. Turtles didn’t even have to be alive to move faster than that line. Read on...





Helicopter Parenting (The GOOD Kind)

I raised my head in anticipation as the hum of the helicopter grew louder. Back and forth it rocked. I knew the pilot, my dad, was saying hello from the sky. It’s one of my best childhood memories. It’s true. Except it’s not totally true. Read on...