Quote of the Week ~ July 29, 2014

| July 29, 2014

“Every one must have remarked how pleasant is that household in which a cheerful spirit of energy is cultivated by the mistress and mother. It is a pleasant thing to dwell with one who is not troubled by trifling annoyances, who is skilled in looking at the bright side of things, and hoping for the […]

When There is No Joy to be Found in Motherhood

| July 27, 2014

From Bambi at In the Nursery if the Nation: There must be a balance before us of proclaiming the nobility and greatness of motherhood—because it is noble and great (this is the next generation, people!) —and the hard truth that sometimes life ain’t purty.All of this to say, ask yourself if your expectations are realistic for what […]

Why Moms Need to Reboot

| July 6, 2014

From Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar: I get tired. I get grouchy and start to look around and only see too many pairs of shoes out of place, dust under the couch, toys left out for the 100th time. Painstaking. But I MUST reboot, and remind myself that the mechanics–that is, how I handle the mechanics, are intricately […]

Survival for Tired Moms

| June 27, 2014

From Charlotte Siems at This Lovely Place If a good night’s rest seems like a faraway dream, welcome to motherhood. The season of having little ones sometimes seem to require more of us than we have to give. Having “been there, done that” for about 25 years, I get the feeling of desperation that sometimes […]

When You Need Grace to Make Chicken Salad

| June 26, 2014

Words of  wisdom from Bambi Moore at In the Nursery of the Nation: These are the Calgon moments of motherhood. The rock tumbler as one mom called it. We start to smash into each other and painfully get our rough edges knocked off. The surprise of it is like being in the wave pool at […]

7 Misconceptions About Moms of Large Families

| June 21, 2014

From Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar: As a mom of 10, I wanted to attempt to dispel a few myths about us and our large families. Because we get a lot of questions, and I’m sure even more questions go unasked. So, though not exhaustive, these are a few of the common misconceptions: 1. They […]

The Relief of Compassion in Parenting & Counseling

| June 6, 2014

I love this article. So often as parents we can forget to show mercy and grace to the little humans in our care and expect a perfection of them we don’t even expect of ourselves. The larger problem is that we cannot demand our children live up to our ideals every moment of their lives. While […]

The Magic of Ordinary Days: Making Memories with Your Children

| June 6, 2014

From Charlotte Siems at This Lovely Place: Ordinary days are so, well, ordinary. We are busy, to be sure, and we cut corners and look for shortcuts. I’m all for ways to make home management easier and more efficient. The effort required for a big result in making memories with your children is usually small, yet we […]

The Oxen Are In

| June 2, 2014

From Rachel Jankovic at Femina: I bet that in that home when I put a stack of clean clothes on the bed in my room, toddlers would not lay siege to it and throw it back in the dirty clothes.  Because in that life, there would not be the unsavory mess of my life. There […]

Mothering Through Fatigue

| June 1, 2014

From The Modest Mom The fatigue threatens to steal my joy. It’s been a long day, we are out of town and I should be enjoying the break from everyday life. Instead old fears creep in as I struggle with being so tired.  I’ve walked this path before and it isn’t a pleasant journey. I […]