While I was simply thinking of it as something fun to do that weekend, it seemed like she had thought of it as an ordeal to endure and get through… If you are eager to “get through it,” perhaps that is something that you should have said NO to instead of YES… Saying yes to everyone else means you are saying no to yourself.… Read More How To Enjoy Each Day Instead Of Just “Getting Through It”
Pride in herself. Pride in the not-so-perfect and sometimes-even-subpar job she is doing as a mom.
Why do I say this? Because everywhere I look, I see the faces and hear the voices of mothers who regularly feel guilt, shame, embarrassment, disappointment, disapproval, frustration, sadness, regret, even self-loathing.… Read More The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift
Wouldn’t it be great if mom friends could get together to share some mom secrets that could help us in every day life — but do it every month at a party where we laugh, socialize and relax? I know this happens informally all over, but I’d really like to start a series of OverAchiever Mom… Read More Truth Or Dare For Mothers
There is much talk these days about whether women can “have it all” or should want to “have it all” or are given the right resources by society to “have it all” or are forced to accept certain career compromises in order to “have it all.” For 14 years, I have felt like I “have it all” —… Read More Why Patience Pays Off For Overachieving Moms Who Want To “Have It All”
Some may complain that we are spoiling our kids by signing them up for every activity their hearts desire. I disagree, especially after hearing about the dangers of discouraging kids from trying something simply because we’re too busy or too broke.… Read More It’s Good To #Overschedule or #Spoil Kids If It’s #Enriching or #Nurturing #NoShameParenting
One of my favorite activities is bike riding, and in the past year I’ve combined it with one of my other favorite activities — listening to books on tape. I try to ride every day, though in Chicago the weather sometimes prohibits this. As a working, married mom, life often gets in the way, too.… Read More When Hunger Is NOT The Reason You Are Eating
I counted again. She gave me back my $100. She didn’t charge me the $20 she was supposed to. My son was standing nearby… As is the case for a lot of people, money is tight in our household and $20 is a lot of money to me. … Read More What would you do if a cashier gave you an extra $20 bill by mistake? Would it matter if your kids were there?
“Life Happens” When many of us hear this, we nod our head in agreement as we think about some unpredictable event that threw a curve ball in our plans, or we think about where we are in life now compared to where we thought we would be by now. We blame our inability to make our… Read More Designing A Life
We’ve all heard of the seven-year itch, but I think many modern marriages suffer from the “children chill affect.” I know so many couples who seem to lose intimacy over time as life gets crazy with kids. The parents, and especially the mothers, often don’t realize that this is hurting their children. Mothers are sometimes… Read More You Can Have a Great Marriage With Kids
Many of us have come to think of the term “stay-at-home mom” as the description of a woman who does not work and devotes all her time and energy to her children and her home (and hopefully her husband, too, if she wants to keep her marriage strong!). I think this is a wonderful pursuit… Read More How I Maintain the Career I Love While Still Being a Stay-At-Home Mom