The one thing that always bothered me as a child was that once that Christmas morning unwrapping was done – you were left with a bit of a present hang-over, lots of garbage, toys that might not be appreciated and the dread of having to wait another WHOLE year to do it again. As the mom of six kids, I’ve always tried to shape giving a little differently. Give … [Read more...] about This Holiday Season – Five Ideas That Keep on Giving
I recently dropped a comment on a selfie that a young woman I love posted on Instagram. I relayed the famous Carrie Fisher quote “youth and beauty are not accomplishments”. I didn’t think twice about it because it’s a line I use around my own children frequently when I want to remind them that they are so much more valuable than appearances, or how society defines beauty. I … [Read more...] about Mistakes, Apologies and Lessons Learned
Regardless of where you live, the pandemic is continuing to have an impact. Last year at this time, two of my six kids were impacted by graduation ceremonies being canceled. One child was finishing high school, another was wrapping up life as an elementary school student. In our house, it meant no ceremonies, no proms, no end-of-year school trips or parties. This year is … [Read more...] about Graduation is upon us…. but so is the pandemic!
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, many women are feeling the dread of what can be a very complicated holiday. This year, let’s be mindful or ourselves and our friends who might need a little extra TLC on Mother’s Day. 1) Women struggling with fertility If you’re still waiting to hear the word “mama”, this day is going to sting and do whatever you can to just get … [Read more...] about Surviving Mother’s Day
Where I live, we’ve just gone into another lockdown. Different regions are seeing different things – schools closed, restaurants shut down, physical distancing in place. This is hard. It has been going on a long time and parents are exhausted and frustrated. We have a lot to be upset and stressed about, but with the risk of sounding toxically positive, I want to reflect on a … [Read more...] about Silver Linings for Families During a Pandemic