Parenting

Parenting is Hard: 9 Reasons Why

Parenting is Hard: 9 Reasons Why

I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I envisioned it as a blissful, magical thing of helping to raise up a generation of Awesome. But if we’re honest, there are a lot of things that aren’t on your radar until you actually enter […]

Advice for Mom: 5 Things to NOT Do

Advice for Mom: 5 Things to NOT Do

I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ve been around the block and I’ve brought back some great advice for mom. Now, I know all mamas are different. We’ve all got our own thing going on. So, know that these bits of advice for […]

Proud Parent of That Kid

Proud Parent of That Kid

“Oh, you homeschool?” the woman in the park asked. “Homeschooled kids are such good kids. You must be such a proud parent…” And I know what she was thinking, because I’ve heard it before. Homeschooled kids are so polite and so smart and so motivated […]

Dear Mom Who Took Her Kids to McDonalds

Dear Mom Who Took Her Kids to McDonalds

I watched you today at the park. Your kids ran around and climbed the slide and shot back and forth across the monkey bars. They giggled and screamed. There was nothing but pure energy coming from their lungs. When it was time to go, you […]

15 Parenting Milestones They Don’t Tell You About

15 Parenting Milestones They Don’t Tell You About

As kids get older, we often think of milestones like getting a driver’s license, attending prom, or having a first job. But there are many other milestones your kids will reach as they grow—milestones that are equally as life-changing, but aren’t talked about nearly as […]

The One Thing At-Home Moms Should Stop Assuming

The One Thing At-Home Moms Should Stop Assuming

All the at-home moms in the room, raise your hand. Oh, good! I see you! Now tell me: how often have you received a phone call or text like this: “Our daycare gal is sick and I can’t take the day off work. Can I […]

Say No, Busy Mom. It’s Totally Okay.

Say No, Busy Mom. It’s Totally Okay.

The letters N and O make a small word, but it’s one that can pack a powerful punch! I know that you want to do all the things and help all the people. It’s in our nature—we are very kind and giving people, right? But there […]

How We Deal With Electronics, Screen Time, and the Internet

How We Deal With Electronics, Screen Time, and the Internet

I am often asked how we deal with technology use at our house—things like screen time, electronics, and the internet. What limits do we have in place? How much time do our sons get to spend online each day? What websites are they allowed to visit? Before […]

Kitchen Kids: Lemon Cheesecake Pie

Kitchen Kids: Lemon Cheesecake Pie

I am a firm believer that kids need to know their way around a kitchen, not only because it’s a necessary life skill, but also because it helps them to feel capable and that they can accomplish Things of Awesome. This dessert—Lemon Cheesecake Pie—is a […]

How to Set Up an Extra Chores Extra Cash System for Your Kids

How to Set Up an Extra Chores Extra Cash System for Your Kids

Sometimes knowing how to handle allowances with kids is a struggle. There can be disagreement about kids helping out with work simply because they are part of the family versus paying kids to do things (because you realize as an adult, you can do it […]

Why I Pay My Kids An Allowance To Do Chores

Why I Pay My Kids An Allowance To Do Chores

Whether or not to pay kids an allowance is one of those parenting things that generally puts people on one side of a fence or the other. And trust me, I’ve seen both sides of the fence. I mean, it wasn’t so long ago that […]

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly

You all. I’m here to tell you about the best lunch ever: fried peanut butter and jelly. Fried peanut butter and jelly is the awesome lunch that I grew up on. I still love this lunchtime treat, and my kids do, too. It’s like peanut […]

Dear Mom: Stop Trying So Hard

Dear Mom: Stop Trying So Hard

I’m the kind of mom who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. I love the kitchen. Give me a day to cook and bake from scratch and I’ll give you…well, a whole lot of yummy food. I love to bake bread. I love […]

The Importance of One On One Time With Your Kids

The Importance of One On One Time With Your Kids

I know. You’re a homeschooling mom and you spend a ton of time with your kids. So why in the world would you need one on one time with them? Why do you need to take each of your kids out on a special date? […]

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

I used to think that mom guilt would go away as my kids got older. I used to think that as my kids became more able and independent, the things for me to feel guilty about would lessen. Y’all? So. Not. True. Let me tell […]

Why You Are Not a Bad Parent

Why You Are Not a Bad Parent

I am a mother. And I am tired. I’m tired of telling my sons to aim when they use the bathroom. I’m tired of sitting down on a wet toilet seat. I’m tired to of telling them to be quiet when Dad is sleeping. I’m […]

How Our Kids Really See Us

How Our Kids Really See Us

A few years back, while my then nine-year-old son and I were scrolling through Facebook together, he saw a new profile picture I’d uploaded. He asked, “Who is that?” I responded, “Um…. it’s me.” “Well,” he said, quite matter-of-factly, “I don’t like that picture.” “You […]

The #1 Reason Time Savers Don’t Work

The #1 Reason Time Savers Don’t Work

“It’s funny,” she said, “I have a bread machine, a laundry machine, a dishwasher, a slow cooker, and a dozen apps on my phone to help me save time. I have all these time savers…and yet I don’t have any time to spare. How did […]

4 Tips for Being a Parent That People Like

4 Tips for Being a Parent That People Like

We all know “that” parent. The one who causes us to roll our eyes when they approach us at the picnic or the park because we just know—”it’s” all coming down. We don’t want to be “that” parent. Now, it’s not as if we should […]

Why Your Kids Need To See You Learn and Fail

Why Your Kids Need To See You Learn and Fail

I’ve played guitar since I was ten years old. What this means is I pick the guitar up and I know what I’m doing. You generally won’t see me struggling through chord changes or rhythms or things of that nature. I’ve also been given a […]