From the good and wonderful to the ugly and the hard, here’s what one mama of four wants you to know as you prepare to become a mom.
I might not fully embrace German-style parenting, but my month of trying it showed me just how my helicopter-mom ways were dragging me and my kids down.
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.
Let’s start the year off right, focused on family. Here are three ways to recommit to your family in the new year.
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.
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
As a mom, I’m pretty much coasting by on little snippets of encouragement and hope.
Why, you might ask? Why spoil her fun and wonder-filled childhood Christmas memories?
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.
“That’s the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from ‘Little Shop of Horrors,'” Stiles added in her caption after being mom-shamed on Instagram.
Road trips home are necessary, but they’re also stressful, take way longer than predicted, and, they mean I’m missing out on work.
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.
Because if you want the truth, Christmas has gotten completely out of control at the Brusie household, I am sorry to admit.
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.”
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.
Everyone has opinions about everyone else’s parenting, and for some reason, the holidays seem to embolden people to actually make those opinions heard.