Why I Want a King-Sized Bed

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What belongings do you wish for?” A king-sized bed. If you co-sleep, you know why. What's that? You're not a co-sleeping family? Just wait. When you have a kiddo old enough to climb out of her bed and into yours, you'll know why! If I could travel back in time for a do-over on my prenatal registry, I'd add "KING SIZED BED" near the top of the list! Until then, I'm dreaming of space to sleep with ease. A space where the kids can sprawl and we parents can still sleep in peace. A space where we can … [Read more...]

Parenting Aspirations

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On the advice of a friend, I’ve been reading Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by  John and Myla Kabat-Zinn. Early in the book, John describes a homecoming with his college-aged son. One passage quickened my pulse and clarified my parenting aspirations: Someday, I want a moment like THIS …   “First child off at college freshman year, arrives home 1:30 A.M. for Thanksgiving, driven by a friend. When he had called earlier to say he would not make it home from dinner as we had hoped, we were all disappointed, and for a few moments there had been more than a … [Read more...]

Self-Care Strategies: Moneywise Mom Gina Lincicum

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Self-care? Life balance? And motherhood? Yes, it’s possible! We’re moms 24/7—and then some, it seems!—but we’re also women, daughters, sisters, lovers, friends, bosses, creatives, volunteers, caregivers, teammates, and, well, just, MORE! We have to be: Fueling our own inner fire is what gives us the spark to be present for those we love, to hold their hearts and hands, to play pretend four more times and read just one more bedtime book, pretty please mama?! And so we, again and again, take up the search for life balance. It’s a wobbly practice: Whether you stay at home, work at home, or work … [Read more...]

Go Ahead, Walk Away

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What are you walking away from?” I have walked away from my yoga mat when the chatter in my mind got too loud and mean. I have walked away from my children when my heart started to blacken with anger that threatened to seep toward my hands. I have walked away from my husband when neither of us could find words that would do anything other than pierce our hearts. And I have returned to each with greater and deeper gratitude. Thank God. That's my prayer and my wish: Thank the heavens and her stars … [Read more...]

The Moods of a Mama

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “How do you wish to grow?” I wish to grow more mindful of my moods. Especially for when I am solo parenting, I want to grow more connected to my inner compass. I wish to grow a better sense of how I’m moving through my mothering moods… Happy and engaged with the children Interested in the kiddos’ activities Vaguely aware of their requests Distracted Actively tuning out their 1,000th request for peanut butter Slightly annoyed at being asked for help yet again Irritated at their fussing … [Read more...]