Simple Ways to Play Throughout Your Day

Injecting Play into Everyday Activities

One of the quickest and easiest ways to connect with kids and build a wonderful relationship with them is to be playful with them. Children’s natural language is play, so when we play with them we r … [Read more...]

The Decline of Happiness in Parenthood

Happiness and Parenthood

When I was in undergrad, I distinctly remember sitting in class and watching my professor show us scientific evidence proving that life happiness declines dramatically when we have children..and stays … [Read more...]

The Secret to A Healthy Mom

Keeping Mom Healthy

Yesterday I went to the Doctor for my yearly check-up, and I'm super proud of myself. You see...I'm not all that great of keeping up with my own doctor appointments, or really even going to the … [Read more...]

Finding Happiness when Life Is Hard

Finding Happiness, Even when life is hard

One of the interesting things about motherhood, or maybe life in general, is that there are seasons.  There are times when we are super happy and life is good, and there are times when life just … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned from Not Yelling

7 Yell Free Months

It's been about seven months since I decided that I needed to stop yelling at my kids. It's been an interesting seven months for sure.  I've discovered a lot about myself, my kids, and parenthood … [Read more...]

Pick Up The Toys!

Pick up your toys!

Cleaning up toys at the end of the day can drive any sane parent crazy.   When my son was 2.5 years old, my husband and I were getting so frustrated with my son's great ability to … [Read more...]

The Mom Guilt of A Few Solitary Minutes

Mom Guilt It Never Ends

I'm about to get into the shower when I hear the garage door open. My husband is home with our boys and I know that they will be hungry for lunch soon.  I better hurry. I take a quick shower.  I … [Read more...]

Misbehavior: To Teach or To Punish?

To Teach or To Punish

As you may know, I'm a big fan of mantras and positive statements.  I use them everyday and keep the words close to me to remind me of what's really important. Statements like "You got this", "I am … [Read more...]

Parenting Book Review: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

Parenting Book Reviews

Parenting books.  People either love them or hate them. For me, I'm a lover.  That's probably because I love child development and parenthood...always have. Now, does that mean that I love every … [Read more...]

How to Stop Yelling in 21 Days

Make a Plan to Stop Yelling At Your Kids

We all have habits. We create habits to make life and decisions easier. We tie our shoes a certain way.  We have a morning routine that is the same almost every day. Most people even brush their … [Read more...]