Loving your kids no matter what is perhaps the highest and hardest challenge of parenting. It’s really easy to love them when they win the scholarship on Monday, spontaneously do the dishes on Tuesday, show love to their siblings on Wednesday, and stick up for an underdog on Friday. What about when they use all […]
Protect your Marriage NOW: 7 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage – Guest Georgia Anderson of “Know How Mom”. Episode 68.
Happy Valentines week Mom Squad! This week we celebrate love and strengthening marriage! We endorse marriage heartily. Probably because it’s so simple, uncomplicated, and straightforward! NOT! In truth, there isn’t much about marriage that is simple and uncomplicated. However, working on strengthening marriage IS worth the effort! Whether you are newly wedded, plugging through the […]
If you are anything like me you are exhausted. Parents finding rest is an impossible dream. I honestly don’t remember the last time I really had enough rest. I’m thinking middle school, maybe earlier. I have memories of getting sick and staying home from school and binge-watching something like “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” I […]
Keep it Simple in the Kitchen: 10 Easy ways to include kids in cooking – Guest Hillary Hess. Episode 66.
I have vivid memories of my first trip to the grocery store after I had moved away from home. I was at a Complete. Loss. My mom had not included lots of cooking-with-kids sessions in her parenting. Thus, I wandered up and down the aisles feeling a bit panicked because I did not know how […]
Why is My Kid Such a Stress Case? Ideas for children with anxiety and other BIG EMOTIONS – Guest Tanya Lindquist. Episode 65.
Producing children with BIG EMOTIONS is my superpower…apparently. I suppose it’s not really shocking, since I was a MAJOR anxiety-riddled stress case as a child. My childhood anxiety manifested itself as fear and anger…rarely crying. I have vivid memories of sneaking into my parents bedroom after they had fallen asleep and sleeping on their floor […]
What Extraordinary Moms Do — You’re probably doing it, too! Guest Jessica Dahlquist of the “Extraordinary Moms” Podcast. Episode 64.
If you were asked to describe an extraordinary mom, what words would you use? Patient, devoted, intentional, energetic, creative, authentic, fun…the list could go on and on. I’d bet that the list wouldn’t include words and phrases like: flustered, hanging on to sanity by her fingernails, trying and sometimes succeeding, pretty average and utterly exhausted. […]
When you read the words “grocery shopping” do you feel anxiety, boredom, the serious beginnings of a headache, frustration, excitement, desperation, or not really anything? Women run the gamut of emotions when it comes to this particular duty. Myself, I have literally felt every one of these over the years…sometimes all of them within the […]
Pregnancy. I love you. I hate you. I think that pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject. I absolutely LOVE the end result of pregnancy… the baby, obvi. My Disclaimer If you are one of those unicorn moms who actually feels better during pregnancy, you have my serious respect, deep jealousy, […]
It’s Christmas today!!!!! Merry Christmas Mom Squad! What a year it has been. If your house is like mine, we’ve been up since the crack of dawn (insert yawn) My family room looks like a wrapping paper company exploded. I have already made Christmas breakfast and cleaned it all up (Am I a saint? Why […]
Not so merry and bright There I stood, all alone, drenched in sweat, surrounded by absolute chaos, yelling my head off at no one in particular. “How did this happen?”, I wondered aloud. “Today was supposed to be so memorable and so perfect”. Instead the day had turned……memorable, yes, and very imperfect. We had planned […]