Ask Your Mama What She’d Do Differently

I don’t think I understood my mom so well until I had kids old enough to argue with me. Then I realized that she’d survived a lot! Our parents, grandparents, and older mentors have already walked in our shoes. They “get” where we are as parents today. If we have ears to hear, we can […]

Motherhood is Amazing. And Hard.

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Deanna shares her perspective on motherhood. It’s amazing and hard, all at once. The following is a guest post from Deanna: I used to think that my version of motherhood was harder than anyone else’s. I had an infant with Down syndrome who needed 24 hours of oxygen […]

Keeping Up with Regular Eye Care

Keeping up with regular eye care can help both you and your family see better as well as keep eye disease at bay. In tenth grade, much to my chagrin, I was given a prescription for eye glasses. This is one of only two photos that I could find of me wearing my specs. (Apologies […]

Get More Sleep

Get more sleep and reap great benefits. I mentioned last week my efforts to end burning the candle at both ends. I want to live a long life — and I’d like to do with my health intact. Relaxing has been one step in the right direction. So has getting more sleep. For years I was […]

Remember Your Greatest Adventure

photo source: Disney/Pixar I love the films that we can relate to, the ones that teach us a lesson, the ones that make us laugh in a good, clean way. The Incredibles is one of them. It ranks up there as one of my favorites. And not just because my husband calls me Super Ultra-Lightning […]

Make Bedtimes Special

Make those last waking moments a special time between parents and kids. At our house bedtimes have taken shape differently over the years. In the beginning all our little boys were in one room, until we had four twin beds lined up in rows. I made the rounds to kiss everyone goodnight and talk to […]

Cuddle with your Peeps

Forgive the blurry Instagram photo. It’s what happens when it’s late at night and you’re not using a flash. This is me and my girls, following a new ritual. In an effort to get myself to bed earlier, I’ve invited the kids to come tuck me in. I realized that I was neglecting making the […]

Turn Off the Phone or Leave it at Home

Turn off your phone or leave it home and be more in the moment than you would be otherwise. No doubt you’ve read more than a few articles or blog posts about how folks misuse their phones to the detriment of their relationships. It’s a hard line to determine between when a phone is a […]