Secrets to a Stress Free Summer With Kids (from a mom of 9!)

Summer can be fun, but summer can also be downright scary since there is so much downtime, family togetherness, and long days. Summer can feel out of control and be lacking in structure, routines, and rules, which can give way to mass chaos. Is a stress free summer even possible - a stress free … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kid to Ride a Bike Without Training Wheels in 30 Minutes or LESS!

Teaching your child to ride a bike can be a stressful time met with tears, frustration, and even a strained relationship in some cases, but as a mom of 9 I can tell you, it doesn’t have to be that stressful! In fact, it can be super easy and even fun once you know the trick to getting it done. … [Read more...]

10 Simple Ways to Really Listen to Your Kids

It is so easy to “listen” to our kids but never hear a word they have to say. I have talked about listening before in The 10 Rules of Communicating With Your Kids, but I think we can all agree that listening is first and foremost removing distractions and clearing your mind. Listening is not an … [Read more...]

4 Things You Must Do as the Mom of a Teen Girl

As the mom of two teen girls and a tween girl, I have a front row seat to all things teen. Navigating the waters surrounding these issues successfully is key, and we as moms are the life preserver that will keep our teen daughters afloat when the seas get rough. Let's be honest, it's not easy to be … [Read more...]

How To Survive Spring Break For Real Moms

Spring break for moms at home with kids who are usually in school and are now at home can be a real challenge. Kids’ friends may be limited due to travel, and the weather can even be limiting as well, requiring much of the time to be spent indoors. Then, there are a whole new set of spring break … [Read more...]

How to Make Simple DIY Easter Baskets For Kids In 5 Minutes!

Easter is such a fun time of year. Spring is in the air, people often get dressed in special outfits, and it is also a day to spend with the ones you love in many cases. But, how can you make Easter extra special for your kids? Make them the cutest diy Easter basket ever, of course! This is one of … [Read more...]

How You Can Fight the Spread of Flu Germs in Your Home (From a Mom of 9!)

The flu is everywhere these days. I’m not really sure if this year is any more serious than any other year, but I can say that it sure seems that way - at least around me. Let's talk flu prevention. While I am not a doctor or even a health professional, I am a mom of nine who has had to learn a … [Read more...]

How to Talk To Your Teen About Drugs & Alcohol

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As parents, there are so many things we face on a daily basis that are downright scary, aren’t there? These things can be overwhelming, even paralyzing if we let … [Read more...]

Creating a Thanksgiving to Remember

I’ve had some readers email asking about whether we follow any traditions for Thanksgiving in our family. We don’t have too many, but I am happy to share the things we have done over the years. It is often a busy day spent with extended family, which means that we modify our traditions at times. … [Read more...]

Family Traditions That Keep the Focus on the Real Reason For the Season

Sponsored by The Star In Theaters November 17 The holiday season is what I consider to be the best time of the year to make memories as a family. With sisters who live out of town, it is often the only time we are all together during the year. With my own family, it is the time of year when we … [Read more...]

Refresh & Restore Your Mom Heart

You guys! I have what might me the most exciting news that I’ve heard in a very long time. Like maybe all year. I know you are going to find it exciting, too. There is a conference coming up in just over a week and it’s just for us moms…and it’s FREE. That’s right, you can attend this … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Kids Safe On the Internet

I could write numerous posts on technology, simply because there is so much out there in terms of technology. For that reason, this post in no way covers even a small portion of how we as parents need to be proactive when it comes to technology. But, since we have to start somewhere…here … [Read more...]

Does Your Child Struggle With Self Control? Here’s What You Need to Know

"This is a sponsored post written by me  ZERO TO THREE for The Motherhood. All opinions are my own." I have been a mom for more than 16 years, and there are certain truths that I’ve come to embrace. I know that I am not the only one to know these truths since they are common among nearly all the … [Read more...]

Before You Yell At Your Kids & Hate Yourself For It

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs on the planet, isn’t it? As a mom of 8 I can certainly attest to the times that being a mom challenges me beyond what I think I can handle. And yes, there even times that I yell at my kids when I certainly shouldn’t have. And then. I hate myself for … [Read more...]

How To Eat Out With Your Kids & Not DIE of Embarrassment

Headed to a restaurant with a young child? Does the behavior of your young child leave you feeling as though you can’t even try for fear of creating a scene? You really can eat out without your kids being total zombies - making you want to die of embarrassment. Although dining out can be a … [Read more...]