The Before School Battle Rages On

This school year I decided to get organized. Not like last year when I scrambled every morning to find socks, clothes, shoes, pack lunches, brush hair, make breakfast… oh and welcome all the daycare children to my house one at a time. Mornings were chaos and more than once there were tears and threats and […]

Finding Balance: Why I Dream in the First Place

I am trying to live and love in the present. For months now I have been planning and working on my future. A future for my entire family. A future with dreams fulfilled. Dreams I had once brushed aside in favor of things like paying bills, changing diapers and shuffling kids to soccer/baseball/football/lacrosse games. For many […]

Do You Pay Children for Chores?

“I’m sorry buddy, but parents aren’t perfect. No one is perfect. Haven’t you ever made a mistake before?” I asked my seven-year-old son who was standing outside the cracked door of my bathroom. “Oh yea.. well I’m going to be perfect when I grow up,” my seven-year-old son said while puffing out his chest. He […]

A Motherhood Lesson in Vulnerability and Listening

The petite blond woman with long perfectly in place hair sat across from me in my still unfinished daycare space with her two tow-headed daughters in her arms. Her older daughter was 18 months old and her second daughter was only 12 weeks old. I was nervous because I needed to secure a couple of […]

An Open Letter to First Time Mamas

Dear First Time Mama, Welcome to motherhood. Whether you prayed and planned your whole life for this moment or were unexpectedly thrust into this role there are a few things I would love to share with you. There were so many truths I didn’t understand as a first-time mama. These are the truths people don’t talk about enough. […]

Everyone Needs Support and Gratitude

This is the ninth post in the 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge. Sometimes it feels like we are living in a vacuum where no one notices who we are or what we are capable of accomplishing. Everyone has talents and abilities. Everyone is amazing in their own way, but not everyone receives recognition, appreciation or support. It […]

Learning to Say ‘No’

This is the seventh post in my 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge. Yesterday, I wrote about removing my mask and learning to be more vulnerable to expose my true self. The response was incredible. So, I wanted to write about a related issue – my inability to say no. Or more specifically, my inability to figure out when I […]

Hope in a Box: Lessons from Finland

This is day three in my 15-day Blog Challenge. An equal start in life. This is a phrase I have heard used many times before. Usually it is a whisper of a wish used to gain political traction for government-funded programs offering pre-natal care to low-income women or supplemental nutrition programs like Womens, Infants, and Children […]

Protecting My Teenager From Young Love, Raging Hormones

This is day two in my 15-Day Blog Challenge . I pulled up to a stop sign minutes from my house and saw two young teenagers holding hands and talking intimately. They were wearing backpacks and seemed to be saying goodbye. I imagine that they just got off the school bus together. I watched the […]

Why Are We Over-Scheduling Children, Weekends?

This weekend my children participated in a combined six sporting events, a birthday party, and team pictures. And believe it or not that was the toned down version of what was originally planned. It was supposed to be seven sporting events, two sets of team pictures, and two birthday parties, but conflicts and a sick […]