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5 simple organizational tools for busy parents

(Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.) The kids are back in school. You have worked hard to get your routines in place, but somehow a pile of papers is starting to grow on your counter.  How do YOU keep everything organized now that school is in full swing? Whether you need to organized school supplies or the big pile of papers coming home with your kindergarten, I have done it all w[...]

Being a calm mom: 3 ways to keep your cool when your kids are losing theirs

Raising four sons, I have experienced epic tantrum meltdowns, bad attitudes on the way to school, anger outburst before church, and tirades about the food they don’t eat. Sometimes the out of control outburst of my fellas only led to my own. I’ve reacted when they were little. I was a sleep-deprived momma with three little ones under five struggling with boys who didn’t want to be potty trained, who screamed because they didn’t want to get out the car, or who wouldn’t go to bed because dad[...]

Cultivating Motherhood: 3 bad habits hurting your relationship with your kids (+ what you can do about it)

Raising four active, strong-willed, rambunctious boys has been and is one of the greatest joys and the biggest challenges of my life. Over the years there have been plenty of mistakes I have made sometimes hurting the very hearts I love so much. I would make promises to myself to do better tomorrow, only to find myself laying in bed praying for God to forgive me for my bad attitude, negative words, and wasted moments. My bad habits made me think I was a bad mother. Have you ever thought that way too? If s[...]

Calm Mom: 3 ways to respond to your tween’s negative behavior without losing your cool

Are you dealing with difficult teens and tweens? Dealing with your teen and tween's negative behavior and bad habits can be a challenge. I get it. It was a typical afternoon. I stopped to pick up my fellas from their school, the car door opened. Getting in our vehicle, my usually fun-loving, mild-mannered tween clearly was in a mood. “I’m glad to see you,” I said while waiting for my fellas to buckle up.“I don’t see what is so good about it,” my tween mumbled under his breath while slump[...]

Bridging the gap: 3 tips to help your introvert child thrive when you are an extrovert parent

Every since our fourth son was little, he interacted with the world differently. He was reserved and reflective. He would rather play alone, observing everyone around him. Our fella was quite different from me. That’s when I realized, unlike his three older brothers, our youngest son was an introvert. Now, this is not earthshattering, but it did mean I needed to adjust how I was going to help our child thrive at home and in school. My expectations needed to shift. After being an educator for over 10 years[...]