We all know childhood is beautiful and fleeting, but sometimes in the midst of the mayhem that our precious children create, it can be hard to really enjoy motherhood. Here are some great tips for enjoying the current ages and stages of your children.
Posts in the "Finding More Joy" category:
Making Summer Awesome – Episode 21
In this week’s episode, Saren and April (from Power of Moms) share detailed, tried-and-true ideas for summer learning and fun. We hope it fills your mind with fun do-able ideas that will work for you and your family!
Top Ten Favorite and Least-Favorite Things About Mothering Elementary-Age Children
Motherhood offers so many wonderful things right alongside so many hard things. Every so often, it’s nice to step back and create a “snapshot” of what we love about motherhood and what is really challenging for us.
No Leprechauns, No Valentine’s Boxes, No Elves, and Why That is Okay
I want to live in a community where women can showcase their strengths and pursue their talents– at home and in the workforce–without the fear of being or looking “too good.” When women excel, at anything, it is good for all of us.
My Mother’s Fingerprints
What do your hands say about you? I have my mother’s hands–overworked, baggy knuckled, a bit bony, sinewy hands. They are cracked, but not dry and they are skinny but not delicate. These hands are tools, not accessories.
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).
Less Materialism and More Joy at Christmas: Episode 33
At this time of year, it’s so easy to get caught up in the letters to Santa, the hustle and bustle of getting gifts for our children, the parties, the events that we lose track of some of the most beautiful opportunities this season has to offer. Listen as Saren reads three popular posts about helping children get excited about giving and protecting family time during the holidays.
Three Strategies for Being a Less Annoying Parent
I am an annoying parent. I’m not talking about being annoying to other people; I’m talking about being annoying to my children themselves. I’ve found that when I tweak the delivery of my expectations to be less irritating, I enjoy parenting more and have fewer battles with my strong-willed son.
What a Hard Hike Taught Me About Motherhood
This past fifteen years as a mom has sure taught me a lot about letting go, about getting over things, about fixing and moving on, about trial and error, and about finding beauty in the midst of hard stuff. A recent hike with my kids helped me realize all this more deeply.
How to Add a “Spoonful of Sugar” to Get Daily Tasks Done
With a little imagination and creativity, mundane daily tasks can be transformed into fun memories. When you add a spoonful of sugar, it really does help the medicine go down. When you find the fun, “Snap! The job’s a game!”
Packing Your Child’s Emotional “Go-Bag”
Must-haves in an emergency go-bag can double to prepare your child both physically and psychologically.
Making Family Time Fun
When I took the Color Code personality test back in my single days, I discovered I seek fun, enjoy fun, and am motivated by fun. As a mother, this has influenced my children as well. They’ve learned they can create fun from any situation.
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