Whether it’s with his smiles and hugs or his tears and disappointment, he is trying to communicate with me. He wants to know he is being heard and understood. He’s trying to figure out his place among the people around him. He’s human. The desire and ability to connect with other humans isn’t a male or female characteristic. It’s a human characteristic.Read More
Being a mom often means putting our thoughts, plans, and ideas for our kids before our own.
And that’s a beautiful, selfless thing. But it is mentally exhausting.
Here are some ideas to help you keep your thinking sharp. So the next time you’re expected to discuss something more intellectual than why you shouldn’t wear shorts in 30-degree temps or that ice cream is not a breakfast food, you’ll be prepared.Read More
When you use your pregnancy and postpartum period to get to know this new you and prioritize your own needs, the journey into new motherhood becomes a lot easier, happier, and healthier.
So accept all advice graciously, then read this. This is the information I wish I had been given before the birth of my first baby.Read More
Especially in these times of exclusion and discrimination, bringing up what we think about a higher power and a divine grand plan brings with it a lot of anxiety. But I believe we are called to be vocal about our faith- that part of our mission as human beings is to help others find peace.Read More
I bought some new maternity clothes. I put away things that wouldn’t fit. We made and sent a sidewalk chalk “I’m going to be a big brother” photo announcement.
I hesitated as I did all these things. I had doubt. But I convinced myself it was just anxiety from the last time. It really wouldn’t happen again, right? Right. But really, I knew.Read More
I appreciate it when people see photos of activities I do with my kids or witness a positive parenting moment and recognize my efforts as a mom. But those times are only the highlight reel of our journey. Reality is not nearly as glamorous.Read More
I'm no interior designer. But I like to think I have a unique and awesome sense of style. I feel so comfortable in a space that reflects what matters to me and inspires me to keep learning. I want our children to feel motivated, inspired, and successful. I'm always on the lookout for ways to include design in our home that encourages optimism.Read More
When I think back to the compliments I've received over the years, it's the authentic, genuine, ones that had nothing to do with my appearance that I remember.Read More
In many ways, our country is a fantastic place to be a mother. But our culture lags behind compared to other developed countries when it comes to postpartum care. The statistics of maternal mortality rates are startling. Here is what we can do about it.Read More
Learn why minimalism is as much about mental clutter as it is about tangible STUFF. Then start clearing it out to make room for the magic of mindfulness.Read More
My voice rose to a couple notches above "calm, cool, and collected" as I barked some directions at him, forgetting it was my own needs at the moment that were the priority.Read More
Those first precious images of the backbone, the energy center for everything remind me of the connectedness of it all.Read More