Mom's M & M Jar: A Tool for More Mindful and Motivated Motherhood

I've been giving some thought to how I want to improve my mothering in 2014. A worthy exercise, I figure. After mulling it over for a while, I came to the conclusion that my mommyhood could really use more of two things:1) MINDFULNESS2) MOTIVATIONWho's with me?...more

A Friendly Vocab Refresher for Our Children

To Our Beloved Children: As your parents and first educators, it is our job to make sure you understand the meaning of things. Lately, we've noticed that there are some terms you seem to be confused about, so we wanted to help clear things up. We've gone over these definitions at least several billion dozen times, but since repetition doesn't seem to be doing the trick, we thought some visual aids might help. Ready? Okay. ...more
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Deep, Eternal Beauty: Having Kids Didn't Ruin Your Body

At Macy's the other day, I noticed two women looking at dresses together. One of them held up a cute little number, while the other eyed it up and down, sighed, and said, "Yeah, there's no way I could wear that now. Having kids totally ruined my body." Moms say things like this all the time -- "Pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding ruined my body." And I get it. But at the same time it makes me sad that so many women lament the softer breasts, squishier tummies, and streaky stretch marks that frequently accompany childbearing. ...more
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A Plea from the Preschoolers

Please let us be littleWe're Big soon enoughPlease give us some freedomBefore life gets toughTo drop a few thingsJust to hear them go "thud"To stroke the soft grassTo squish the cool mudTo wander and wonderAnd learn to make choicesTo practice small whispersAnd try out big voicesTo touch with small fingersAnd feel with big hearts...more

5 Big Fat Lies About Parenting

"It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world." - Samuel JohnsonLooking back over my 13 years of parenting so far, I see many common "truths" about parenthood that have proven to be more fiction than fact. Dishonesty sucks. As someone who prizes truth, especially regarding parenting, I thought I'd shed my own personal light on some of these beliefs.There are certainly more (feel free to add your own), but these five ring particularly untrue for me. ...more
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10 Reasons Parenting Is the World's Hardest Job

In my pre-kid days, when I'd hear people say parenting is the hardest job on Earth, I'd nod along in benign agreement. I assumed that statement was a platitude designed to let tired parents vent a little, or a sympathetic bone to throw at less-than-stellar parents as a form of encouragement....more
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20 Rules for Our New Teen and Her New Cell Phone

Yesterday we gave our 13-year-old birthday girl her own cell phone. It was unexpectedly one of the scariest things I've ever done as a parent. Not only did my imagination fill with news stories of heinous things young people have done with cell phones, but I realized how many ways cell phone usage - and texting in particular - can be potentially problematic. We trust our daughter implicitly, but it's a whole new world she's entering, and we don't want her entering it blindly....more

What's So Hard About Covering Up to Breastfeed in Public?

Any time a breastfeeding story comes up in the news, especially one in which a breastfeeding mom is asked to leave an area to feed her baby, I break my own rule about not reading online comments out of sheer, morbid curiosity. In real life, I'm surrounded by people who are very supportive of breastfeeding, so it interests me to read comments and questions about the appropriateness of breastfeeding in public....more

9 Family Road Trip "Must Haves"

Our family has spent the past three months slow traveling around the Western U.S. in our trusty (and jam-packed) Honda Pilot. During that time, I estimate that we've spent well over 100 hours in the car with our children, including several 8-10 hour driving stints. Miraculously, the kids now think of four or five hours in the car as no big deal....more

I'm Racist, You're Racist, We're All Racist Here

By most people’s definition, I am not a racist....more
@OurGeorgiaRoots  A chance to exhale - I love that! There can be a lot of defensiveness on all ...more