Okay, mothers of the world. What’s it going to be this year? Are you going to set big pie-in-the-sky goals/resolutions/whatever you want to call them, or are you going to simply try a little harder to do/be a little better?
Mother’s Day: Dread or Delight?
I’ve realized that Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about me sleeping in and being served breakfast in bed. Mother’s Day can be nothing more than me thinking about each of my children, how much I love them, and what a gift it is to be their mother.
How To Control a Teenager (video included!)
The short answer is, you can’t. But you can influence them. Allyson Reynolds shares five ways to maintain a positive influence on your teenager.
New Year’s Goals That Fit Our Current Stage
While some things change as you move from one stage to the next, other challenges remain the same. I think finding a balance between getting personal work done and being fully present for our children is something mothers will always struggle with
Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?
Do you have a good bedtime routine for your kids? If so, will you please tell Allyson Reynolds about it?
Christmas Craziness and the Sane Mother
Are you overwhelmed by Christmas Craziness? Just for fun, since none of us needed to sleep during the month of December anyway, Allyson Reynolds takes at look at a few of the things many of us feel like we want or should do during the Christmas season (and then she talks reality after).
Mini Catastrophes and an “Attitude of Gratitude”
While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.
Halloween: Fun or Frightful?
Is Halloween getting a little out of control? Do you love or hate Halloween? Check out this article for great ideas about how you can maximize the fun and minimize the frightful aspects of Halloween in your family.
Are You Raising Cool Kids?
What does it mean to be “cool”? What message should we be sending our children?
Taking (some of) the Stress out of Christmas Day
I think having a totally stress-free holiday as The Mother is completely unrealistic. I don’t expect perfection, but these are a few of the strategies I’m going to employ over the next few days so that I can experience as little stress as possible on the big day.
Little Kids, Little Problems
Have you heard this phrase before? It used to drive me crazy to hear this when I had little kids with so many needs that often added up to feel like pretty big problems. But now that I have teenagers, I can see why this phrase gets passed around among parents so much.
It Takes A Lot To Die (and other thoughts for modern parents worrying themselves to death)
We modern parents tend to worry about a great deal of things, but I’m not entirely convinced those worries are worth the lost sleep. As a surgeon, my husband deals with very real life and death situations on a regular basis. As a result, he’s had to remind me on a number of occasions when I’m in modern-parent freak-out mode that “it takes a lot to die.”