Conflict. In my experience, which could be saying something right there, it happens in every relationship. Sometimes it's easy to forgive. Sometimes it's easy to move on. But sometimes it's worse in one relationship than in another - or worse at certain times. Sometimes, it's more painful. Stinging. Sometimes it leaves you a little breathless, … Continue reading Will You Be The Hero?
It's twelve days into the new year, and my resolution to love people better so far has been a big fat flop. From the outside, I am almost certain my relationships still look like giant, frozen popsicle-trees on the landscape of my life. Bizarre and unmoving. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't … Continue reading The Great Thaw (or Oh Yeah, Love is a Choice)
It's three days into 2018, and I've avoided writing this. Why? Because really it is a confession that, underneath it all my perky, I am a Scrooge. In the past, I have been on both sides of the resolution-fence - the side that makes and the side that rejects. This year, after a long, grumpy … Continue reading Why You Should Keep Making New Year’s Resolutions + Mine.
Who do you turn to when you need to remember how precious you are? Whether you are a single mom or just a momma having a hard day, sometimes you need someone else to remind you of your self worth. (Momma, the kids are an unreliable source for this.) As women, we often go to … Continue reading Resources: Understand Your Worthiness
This is part two of a two-part series about intrinsic motivation. Read part one now. One of the hardest times of the day to inspire intrinsic motivation in a child is after eight hours of academia of any kind. But that doesn’t mean its not worth the effort. Why? Because there is a truly invaluable … Continue reading Three Ways to Motivate Your Child After School
Brene Brown Discusses Courage, Compassion and Connection This portion of the Brene Brown The Gift of Imperfection course was easier for my tween. She was excited to start crafting with her mom, loved the idea of looking through pictures of herself, and wasn’t too challenged by the topics yet. Observations and Adaptations 1. Permission Slips … Continue reading The Gift of Imperfection for Tweens: Part One Lesson One
I love Brene Brown. I love her work. I love her spunk. I love that Oprah loves her. And I want to take all her classes. I feel like when I do, I might finally understand myself and become more of a grown up. Ha! But when I came across the class The Gifts of … Continue reading Adapting Brene Brown’s Course “The Gifts Of Imperfection” for a Tweenager
Whether or not you know it yet, the child you want to develop through your parenting efforts is a self-motivated one. Why? Because intrinsically motivated kids are empowered to take care of themselves when you’re not looking. Or micro-managing. Or fretting. Here are three ways to develop intrinsic motivation in your child before they head … Continue reading Three Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In a Child Before School
One day it didn't come. It just stopped. It wasn't the first time, but somehow we are never ready for it when the child supports stops. Surely it was just because of the long weekend. It was Labor Day. I'm sure that's the lag. It will come. And sometimes it does, but if you've been … Continue reading When Child Support Stops
An opportunity for bright, new holiday traditions - without obligation. The holidays are a challenging time of year for single, step and blended families like mine. Traditions that once had sweet roots in the family I created find themselves soured in "the other family" we have become. Every year, I'm confronted by those traditions. Every … Continue reading There Ain’t No Elf On My Shelf (And That’s Okay.)