• hands free mama overcoming technology addiction the family friendly way

    Hands Free Mama: Overcoming Technology Addiction The Family-Friendly Way

    Some time ago, our family sat around the table and discussed Technology Addiction.   My husband and I confessed to our children our particular addictions (which may or may not have something to do with Craigslist and an iPad). The kids shared insightful suggestions on how we might have a more balanced approach with technology, suggestions like:   Don’t use it when we’re in the room   Use it only at certain times of the day   Don’t carry it with you   Have tech-free days   Then we ate dessert, which is, of course, the BEST part of Family Night! We had warm fry bread with honey AND a cantaloupe smoothie—because we couldn’t decide between the two. Life is…

  • How To Create A Powerful Connection With Your Child

    How To Create A Powerful Connection With Your Child

    **A big thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Jess from Intentional Families, for sharing a piece of her story with us, along with suggestions for creating more powerful connections with our children.** ** This post may contain affiliate links. You can find my disclosure HERE.   I remember this like it was yesterday.   It was starting all over again.   I could feel the hairs on my arms raising. Heart pounding. Breathing was getting hard and I felt like if I didn’t scream, I would hit something.   “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a MILLION times! Don’t you listen to me?! Take your rubbish to the bin!!”   I didn’t think it was so hard!…

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    Teaching Kids About Food: Awesome Advice For Parents

    **When I learned that Sam from The Kitchen Professor is passionate about creating connections in the kitchen, I knew I had to invite her to guest post on my blog. After all, authentic connections are most easily made when surrounded by food, and what better place to find food than in a kitchen! Her post about teaching kids about food is a reminder that spending time in the kitchen can be fun, delicious, AND educational. It’s an entertaining read for young and old alike.**   Eat, Cook, Learn How do we encourage our kids to choose an apple over a Pop Tart? A fun way to educate children about healthy food choices is to get them involved in all aspects of meal…

  • What My Children And A Monkey Taught Me About Cherishing Every Moment

    I found myself face to face with a monkey and I wasn’t sure what to do. His little patchwork body was sewn to the front of the tiny blue pajamas that had, only weeks ago, adorned my newborn.   He sat, with his tail curled around him, looking at me. He and I were eye to eye. “What am I to do?” I asked, willing him to answer. He didn’t.   The tiny blue monkey pajamas held so many memories: like the times I would gaze down at my baby boy and play with his little toes while he held my finger in his tiny fist.   Giving away the pajamas almost seemed like giving away the memories. How could…

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    Hope For Bad Moms Everywhere

    A QUESTION “Do all moms think they are bad moms?” my eight-year-old daughter asked me, her eyes full of innocence.We were sitting around the dinner table; I was telling my family about a talk I had heard at a Women’s Conference earlier that day.The speaker, a woman with beautiful long black hair, shared with us a personal experience from her journal–a dark period in her life when she had felt hopeless, hopeless to overcome her weaknesses and become the person she is meant to be. In agony of soul, she cried out to her Father in Heaven, as she had done countless times before, regarding her situation.Her situation? She had yelled at her kids. She had yelled at her kids…

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    For The Sake Of The Children: A Life-Changing Conversation

    It was a life-changing experience for our family, an experience that my daughter and I have discussed in great depth. She feels it is an important message to share with others—for the sake of the children. So, with the hope that this might benefit a family or two, we share the following with you: It was an ordinary evening—at least in the beginning it was. But what was once ordinary and routine would soon turn into a night like no other. The kids were heading to bed and I was planning to enjoy some downtime. It was late, we had had a long day, and I was tired. Before sending the girls off to bed, they joined me in their sleeping brother’s room…

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    Treasure Chests of Words

    The scriptures are a treasure chest of words that we can turn to when in need of instruction, inspiration, or encouragement.   Jesus, the perfect communicator, provided us with:   WORDS OF INSTRUCTION PARABLES TO INSPIRE COUNSEL TO ENCOURAGE   What a blessing these words are for us!   I have my own treasure chests of words.   When someone emails me a special thank you or a thoughtful compliment, I stash it away in a special file folder in my email account. When I receive a written note in the mail, I add it to the growing collection of kind words carefully kept inside a ziploc bag. When someone says something meaningful to me in person, I hurry home…

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    Motherhood: When Things Don’t Go As Planned

    To mothers everywhere:   “Being a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours.” ~ Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Sometimes we lose sight of our cherished role and forget the positive difference we are making in the lives of our children and, hence, the world. As Henri Nouwen once said, “…trust that the little bit of love that [you] sow now will bear may fruits, here in this world and in the life to come”.   The following analogy has been so helpful to me–especially on the difficult days of motherhood:   When viewing the works of the Masters at…