My Only “Resolution” For the New Year Is To Survive

I see everyone and their sister fired up on Instagram, doing all the goals and resolutions and “fresh starts,” while I’m sitting here, still in my jammies, with yet another kid who was up all night puking, feeling more behind on life than ever.

4 New Year’s Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

You are not a failure if you find that a certain lofty goal doesn’t actually fit into your life. As you work towards finding a balance that’s right for you and your family, expect growth and change to throw you off the charted course.

If Your House is Overflowing After the Holidays, Try this

Well, it’s over. The tree has been recycled, (or it’s in the backyard rotting) the decorations are put away, and the Christmas music has been banned again until next year. If you’re anything like our family, it feels like there’s this huge buildup to the Christmas season every year, and it starts earlier and earlier. … Continued

Instead of Elf on the Shelf, We Do this

We have enough going on at this time of year — I’m not going to add a tradition that brings unnecessary pressure simply because everyone else is doing it.

Road Trips, Before and After Kids

Road trips home are necessary, but they’re also stressful, take way longer than predicted, and, they mean I’m missing out on work.

Why We’re Opting Out of the Overscheduling Competition

When the conversation inevitably turns to a detailed rundown of all their children’s activities, sports, and lessons, I nod my head in what I hope is a sign of empathy and understanding. But the truth is, I don’t chime in on those conversations, because my kids aren’t in any activities of any kind.

4 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Your Kids

With the holidays fast approaching, instilling gratitude is more important than ever. I want my kids to focus on how much they have to be grateful for, not how much shiny new stuff they “need.”

We Switched to this Simple Holiday Gift Plan and We Love it

A couple years back, mostly out of necessity, my wife and I instituted a plan we came across. This plan has allowed us to teach our kids about gratitude, help them combat materialism, all while still giving them what I hope is a magical Christmas season.