It's the morning after Christmas and all through the house everyone was sleeping sound, but when mom went downstairs she wanted to shout! The day after Christmas it hits you after looking at the big mess of boxes and torn wrapping paper sitting in your front room of all that you have to clean.I've learned some survival tips to help this empath mom survive another day in calm following the storm of holiday cheer.
Many us see pristine family photos online of happy families. Those images don't accurately depict what may be going on behind the scenes. Those images don't accurately depict what many of us have experienced growing up or what we may be experiencing within our families at this given time. We may find ourselves within moments… Continue reading Family Tests
The 365 mindset of adopting gratitude is an attitude is a daily lifestyle to incorporate not just individually, but it's beneficial in doing so as a family. Families who collectively unite in the decision to choose to find gratitude in the smallest of gestures and amenities are discovered to be more happy together. Find ways… Continue reading Collective Gratitude 365 As A Family Lifestyle
Caregivers face the responsibility to dutifully care for loved ones living with chronic illnesses, deteriorating health, or those living with special needs. Many caregivers may work outside of the home, or balance the role of home management with it's daunting everyday tasks. I was a former caregiver to a spouse living with sickle cell, and… Continue reading Relief For Caregiver’s Burnout : Recognize The Signs And Learn How To Cope
I've always been extremely close to my grandmother, and the care of her love made the biggest impact on my life. She's not into big celebrations, but she appreciates small gestures. Knowing how much my grandmother means to me and all of her grandchildren we wanted to give her something for the special day.Slim Pickings… Continue reading Minnie and Mini :A Grandmother’s Love
You're in the mindset of getting something done. You're completely focused, and you have it timed to about when you will be finished. There is a shadow lurking near by, and suddenly you hear a voice that asks, "Mama, can I help?" It's cute in thoughtfulness at first, but you think in your head… Continue reading Let Them Help
I was teaching my toddlers a medley of the four seasons. I saw the smile in their innocent eyes which made me think about life's seasons. We've had our share of shifts in seasons as a famliy. We've celebrated in times of joy, we've shared tears in losses, and we look foward to the… Continue reading Seasons & Promise
Kids may forget to push their chairs under the table after dinner, but they never forget a promise. They are like the elephant that never forgets! My eldest daughter asked before the start of summer to go on a one on one road trip together to the beach. She is very sweet in demeanor, but… Continue reading A Promise Is A Promise !
It was the last week of camp for my morning class for which I taught music and movement. I wanted to do something special for my morning large group class of diverse ages. They were always so enthusiastically willing to participate in whatever I taught them. I decided to give them a little certificate… Continue reading Awarded From The Start
The biggest test of your efforts as a parent is watching your children take initiative in doing what they believe is right without your urge in imput. My eldest two children have begun to take more of an active role in taking initiative at home in helping beyond their expected chores, and I couldn't… Continue reading A Helping Hand
It is very important for parents to create the open dialogue of explaining appropriate and inappropriate touch to their children. Child sexual abuse is a reality that all parents should break the taboo in discussion in being proactive in prevention. Many of us have heard of "Stranger Danger" however many child molestation and sexual abuse… Continue reading Can’t Touch This: Good Touch/ Bad Touch
My grandfather and I shared a very close connection. I was his riding buddy, and he was my trusted source of comforting wisdom. We visited my grandparents everyday. Their home was like a second home for me even throughout adulthood. My grandfather was more like a father to me. My grandfather was my first best… Continue reading Grandpa’s Girl
Many people think that it takes the most extravagant of moments to make children's hearts smile. It's actually the little things that make a world of difference in memories to share as a family. There are times when I look back at fond memories of my childhood for which I don't think about… Continue reading It’s The Little Things That Count
As parents we can't change what society or the media deems as beautiful. We can only share with our children regardless of gender the meaning of what true beauty is from the inside out. I don't want my daughters to just to see themselves as beautiful; I want them to see everyone as beautiful. I pray that in some way as I embrace my inner beauty as a woman that my girls will grow in appreciation in walking fully in confidence knowing who they are inside and out.
Divorce has away of making people choose a side of who's the better parent in the equation.We spend thousands of dollars on attorneys and court fees in custody battles to prove which parent is more fit in being the primary guardian for the child (ren). I've always felt torn in split expectations, judgments,… Continue reading Good Parent Vs Bad Parent : The Unfair Comparison
More moms would consider breastfeeding as their first option if they had more support and understanding. Families would feel like breastfeeding is as natural as the air we breath if breastfeeding was more supported in open acceptance. The book Mommy Breastfeeds Me written by Amanda Porter helps children and families with giving insight from a… Continue reading Mommy Breastfeeds Me with Author Amanda Porter: Breastfeeding Advocacy & Support
I look back in awe daily on the strides that our twin daughters have made in their fight to make it. The twins'unexpected births with the uncertainty that the doctors shared with us of the uphill battle of babies born so early at only 24 weeks was gut wrenching for any parent to digest. I… Continue reading Double Blessings And Strengthening Faith: My Story with Micro Preemies
My fondest memories as a child was playing outside with my friends on our dead end street. We had the whole block to ourselves to have races to see who was the fastest, play hide & go seek, and go on discoveries to walk around the surprisingly wooded area on our city street. Our mothers would sit in their chairs in the yard in deep adult conversation that we dare not to interject in. We didn't live in a quiet suburb. We lived smacked down in the inner city. Life wasn't easy for any of us, but it was a community of happy kids.
There comes a point when how you truly feel in the inside starts affecting those around you on the outside. Those who are the closest to you feel it the most when you're at your best or at your worst especially your family. I saw myself at a very unhappy, unsettling, and low point at… Continue reading Happy Life Happy Parenting
I remember our side eyed connection that we shared growing up as children when we were both laughing from the inside about something. We definitely wouldn't share our inside joke outwardly from the fear of getting into trouble by our mother from our father's hilarious antics at the dinner table for our annual Friday night family… Continue reading Frick & Frack : A Forever Bond