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5 Simple Ways to Slow Down

Andi Wickman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Andi Wickman

We all talk about slowing down time and enjoying the moments but the moments are pure chaos with kids. We always want and hope for this or that stage to be over that before we know it our kids are off to college. So how the heck do we actually slow down and try to be in these moments? Here are five ideas to try today.

29 Lessons I've Learned From 10 Years of Parenting

Jenny Evans | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

Before my first was born, I had a vague notion that parents more and less had it all together and did everything deliberately according to their parenting philosophy of choice; now I know that we're basically making it up as we go along.

Run! Don't Walk!

Kara Wiegand | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Kara Wiegand

Do I want my daughter to go through her life tentatively or tenaciously? Am I teaching her to be timid or to be bold? Do I want my daughter to walk through life, or do I really want her to run?

Parent Bingo

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

I love being the mother of my children. It's been my life for 20 years. And I still don't know what I'm doing.

How to Build Your House

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2015 | Parents

I'm not a perfectionist but as a mother, I harassed myself to be as close to perfect as I could be. My girls had to behave and not bicker in public -- fat chance! Dinner had to be healthy -- and they had to eat it! Someone was coming over -- quick clean up!

Drenched in a Moment of Mama's Love

Padma Gordon | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Padma Gordon

Many nights, after I read a story to my soon to be 9-year old daughter, Meera, I sit on her bed and meditate until she falls asleep.

Lessons of Tantrums, Wise Sibling Instincts and the Healing Power of Empathy

Jesua | Posted 07.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul

My son Ezra woke up sweetly today, pouncing on top of me in bed with all his 65 pounds of naked, sun-kissed, 6-year-old love, panting loudly with morn...

From 'Project Runway' to Archery Fame: Laura Bennett Shelton

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2015 | Fifty
Brandi Megan Granett

I find the less time I have, the less time I waste. I don't believe in finding time. You have to make time for the things you want to do.

Quantity vs. Quality

Jessica Hoefer-Land | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Jessica Hoefer-Land

Perhaps you are familiar with the term, "quality vs quantity." Often, it is associated with parenting in terms of which is more important -- the time you are with your child (quantity) or the attention given during the time you are with your child (quality).

5 Reasons Doing Dishes, Laundry and Cleaning Could Be Ruining Your Creative Flow

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sky Mandala Marcano

I admire all the mothers and fathers who nurture and respect the home by cleaning and organizing. But some of us may benefit from letting go of a few tasks, to then benefit from being creative in other ways.

I Did it my Way. You Can Too.

Asha Ramakrishna | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
Asha Ramakrishna

We have been taught businesses from the approach of men, but we are women. And sometimes we have seemingly conflicting priorities; however, I assure you, the priorities are not conflicting.

Thanks, Mom, I Needed That

Annie Fox | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Annie Fox

I think about Mom often and always in the spring. The fact that I love and care for a garden comes from being her daughter.

For Every Mother of the Past, Present and Future

Toni Hammer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

This day is for every mom who lectures her children with, "Back in my day, we didn't have a squeeze pouch for applesauce. We had to eat it with a spoon."

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Infertility

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Melissa Miles McCarter

Women like me face Mother's Day with shades of shame, despair and silence. So, I would like to take this opportunity to speak up and share with those who know someone who has infertility or are experiencing it themselves. Here is what I wish someone had told me about about the disease.

Mothering Without A Past

Rachel Sherman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

All mothering attempts seem to be a reaction: you either emulate your own experience, or you rebel against it.

Running Our Way Through a Mother/Son Rut

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

We have found a simple space that contains only joy and ease, and nothing could keep me from showing up there. I could run for miles in it.

Transform Your Inspiration Into Purpose

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Mckown

Inspiration is a calling, a voice inside us trying to be heard. When something inspires us it is time to listen. When we allow our inspirations to be recognized they will lead us toward our passions.

My Baby Girl Mimics My Mothering (And That's Not Always a Good Thing)

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Melanie McKinnon

My adorable baby girl, barely broaching the world of full sentences, just taught me something I will never forget. She simply mirrored my own actions, and I did not like what I saw.

Why I Love That 2 A.M. Feeding

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

All day long, your brothers have pulled and demanded and captured my time while you have slept and dreamed and grown, little by little by little. But right now is our time, because brothers are sleeping and Daddy is sleeping and the whole world is silently breathing its way toward morning.

This Is What Burnout Looks Like

Emily Ballard | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I often daydream of giving away most of what we own and moving into a Tiny House of some kind, with clever storage everywhere and only the bare essentials surrounding us. "Ooh! Thank you! This is wonderful!" I imagine them saying.

Making Room for the Light

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.04.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It's sad IVF didn't work for us. It's sad we lost our three babies. It's sad we lost those three dreams. Giving myself permission to continue to feel that sadness, as needed, will help to stave off that anger that seems to set me back so much every time.

'A Stronger Love': Alaska Teen Gives Breast Milk to the Baby She Gave Up for Adoption

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.04.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

The news, delivered by a doctor at a routine appointment, was so startling it took two additional pregnancy tests at home before she believed it.

The Number One Mistake Even Good Moms Make

Heather Creekmore | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

We don't have to be perfect moms. There's no such thing. And, ironically, even if there was, I don't think we'd like being her as much as we think we would. No one actually likes a perfect woman, anyway.

My Ever Upward Mothering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I mothered. I mothered not my own children, but I mothered nonetheless. I mothered in a way that I am accepting and embracing, but also defining for myself.

Being Mom: Why I Chose to Not Have Biological Children

Dylan Kendall | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Dylan Kendall

I didn't choose to become a foster mom because I couldn't have my own children. I chose to become a foster mom because a young person needed me and my desire to mother has never been centered on my genetics, but on my ability to love and care for others.