How to Quickly Test Your Communication Skills

Even before our children can utter their first "mama," we're communicating with them on a daily basis. What I'm learning though, after 6+ years of being a parent, is that often what I say and what gets heard are two totally different things. I … [Continue reading]

Becoming an inTENtional Mama

The InTENtional Mama

Mamas out there – I get it. Mamas with infants up at night, mysteriously crying, in need of constant snuggles – you there with the tired eyes, you are seen. Mamas with toddlers climbing and jumping, “helping” as they undo what you've done, defying … [Continue reading]

Ebola and Other Conversations We Didn’t Need When We Were Kids

Protecting My Children

Wash your hands. Why? Because I said so. Wash your hands! WHY? BECAUSE I SAID SO. WASH YOUR HANDS! WHHHHYYYYY? Because you don’t want to get Ebola. It was just the other day that I actually heard these exact words come out of my mouth. As with … [Continue reading]

How I’m Beating Compulsive-Project-Starteritis and Yes Girl Syndrome (Part II)

The Best Yes

I'm a little overwhelmed and a lot worn out. I'm drowning in the regrets of too many commitments. I dread saying yes but am too scared, too cowardly, too busy or too something to just be honest and  say no. I hope there's more to life … [Continue reading]

How I’m Beating Compulsive-Project-Starteritis and Yes Girl Syndrome (Part I)

How I Beat the Yes Girl Syndrome

Can I fill y'all in on something? I love to start projects. I don't know what it is--but if there's a 14-day or 30-day challenge for something, I'm all over it. And it's not just defined time projects, I love the challenge of starting just about … [Continue reading]

Library Lion and Other Go-to Books for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

Library Lion

This post feels a little strange to write considering my daughter is a teenager. However, as this year has been a bit of a struggle for us, we’ve realized something… No matter how old you are, sometimes you still need someone to read to you. Out … [Continue reading]