Parenting

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…and yet I don’t have any time to spare. How did moms keep it all together 50 […]

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 […]

9 Reasons Parenting is Tough

9 Reasons Parenting is Tough

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 […]

Overextended Mom: Just Say No

Overextended Mom: Just Say No

Oh, mama. I know you want to help everyone and everything. It’s in your nature. You’re just that kind of person. But you really can—and probably need to—just say no to some things in your life. If your plate is too full, it’s going to […]

I’m Done Cleaning My House For You

I’m Done Cleaning My House For You

I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret. The last time we had friends over to visit, I didn’t clean behind my oven. I. Know. Crazy that I would forget that, right? Actually, not really. See, I’ve noticed there’s a sort of […]

Parents: Quit Being Narcissists

Parents: Quit Being Narcissists

Parenting can be described as many different things. Currently, I think parenting is kinda fun. Less stressful than it used to be. Enjoyable, even. Maybe people will say this comfort is a phase that will pass, but I hope it hangs around in some form. […]

Goal Setting with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

Goal Setting with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

The older kids get, the deeper they dive into their own things. My tween and teen sons spend a lot of time exploring their interests. At some point a few months ago, I started to wonder how we could use their interests to start them […]