Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Relatives… can’t live them, can’t live without them. Most of us have at least one or two we don’t particularly get along with or understand. It’s not to say we do not love them; of course we do. The holidays remind us of how we must balance this. Sometimes it can be hard to have harmony during the holidays when there’s an uncle who’s always angry, in-laws who criticize your cooking, overly competitive siblings or an opinionated aunt.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Who doesn’t love this time of year? Delicious food, crafts, family and thankfulness abound. And it seems this time of year brings an abundance of sickness. Like clockwork, the colder weather and beautiful season changes deliver an array of random viruses to our home every year. My mom would tell you that when I was young, it was always me who was feverish and miserable during the holidays. It seems my children have inherited this aptitude for catching nearly all of the colds that are so freely p
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
What is your stance on Halloween? Do you feel your children should not participate in any Halloween activities? Honestly, I have struggled with this holiday since year one of being a mom. I love the concept of dressing up, becoming a superhero or a princess for a day. As a child, I so looked forward to Halloween and finding that perfect costume. Mostly, I enjoyed the idea of carving pumpkins, making scare-crows and the excitement.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I have emotional garbage. It’s true. In fact, many of us do. It occurred to me recently as I explained to my daughter the similarities between her messy room and my life. I am not running a dump. I am running a household, a family. If I hoard emotional baggage, I am not allowing room for growth.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
My six year old hates school! Those are her words. She comes home and tells me every day, “Mommy, I hate school.” It breaks my heart. She wants to be homeschooled. I’ve tried to do this in the past, but I feel I am not up to the task. I have friends who home school and they make it look fun and easy. It’s just not for me. When I tried, I failed miserably. I had to admit defeat for the sake of my children’s education and my sanity.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
I am constantly telling my children to be patient. I try to make them understand the significance of waiting. It teaches us that we should be thankful and also to enjoy each moment, not just the big ones. However, I am embarrassed to say that I am very impatient. I tend to allow my frustration to overwhelm my faith at times. I began thinking about the importance of patience the other day when I was having a mini-breakdown over things not happening quickly enough.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
If we kept our childlike mentality, our lives would be filled with so much more joy. I watch my children and learn from them. I see how their eyes light up with excitement at the thought of even an ice cream. As adults, we sometimes forget to appreciate these small things. We can forget that we are not in charge. As people of faith, we are here to learn and grow with God as our Father as He is raising us with lessons and love.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I went to dinner with a friend and my mom. The conversation fell on parenting; and I lovingly joked with my mom about some of my teenage mishaps. My mom’s tone suddenly became serious as she explained to my friend. “I now see that it was the lack of concern from my own mom that led me to be overprotective and maybe even a little over judging towards Erin.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Recently, I heard that one of my friends gave up their parenting rights. It shocked me. I have a number of friends who are alienated from their children by their ex; and although I do feel that some parents are not meant to be the mentor in a child’s life, I feel we create a serious problem when we block relationships between a parent and their children.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
It is very hard in today’s world to feel validated about your opinions. It is also easy to sometimes feel like you make better choices than others. My social media pages are swarmed with the politically correct and the opposing. It can be hard to feel comfortable in your own skin as a parent when there is so much confusion about what is acceptable and what is now considered “so last century”.