Category: KSL Motherhood Matters

Are your expectations ruining you? 3 changes that can help…

Unrealistic expectations are like the gateway drug to mom guilt and unhappiness. Though the dates and circumstances vary, the story is the same: The fantastic idea in your head of how the day will turn out fails. You run out of time. You run out of patience. You remember you can’t control the people in the perfect picture from your head. And, like a raging fire, your mind fills with doubt, regret, guilt and frustration. What went wrong? We try to be happy. We had good intentions. But, in most cases, it comes back to the underlying problem that...

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Back To School Help: Teaching Kids Time-management Techniques

In the late 1990s, during my high school days, I lived and died by my Franklin Covey planner. It kept track of every homework assignment, shift at work and to-do item. I relied on that zip-around-organized-bundle-of-goodness so much that during my senior year, my friends thought it would be funny to steal it from me. They watched me walk around clueless, unsure of my next move for an entire week. And then finally one night, they surprised me with it. It was so funny (insert sarcasm). When I saw that beautiful mahogany faux-leather case again, I dropped to the...

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Fighting Bullies Through Kindness in our Home

My sweet little kindergartner was coloring at the bar while I was cooking. It was a rare moment of peace during the pre-dinner rush. He must have been deep in thought while he worked to keep the crayon inside the lines. Through the sound of sizzling hamburger I heard him say of the blue, “I don’t respect Donald Trump.” It’s a bit of a shock when we see the world around us through the eyes (or mouth) of our children. Usually, it has us squirming a bit in our skin because what they say or do mirrors what we...

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Holding on to disappointment? Here’s how to let it go.

I began as a big bouquet of bright helium balloons. Only months ago, life had some exciting things in the future and I was full of anticipation. I began imagining, hoping and planning events to come. Unfortunately, it’s been one setback after another, mixed with constant sick kids and doctors visits of my own. Every day feels like a new stretch and struggle. I do my best to keep things in perspective and realize so many others have much bigger struggles than my own. Even my own family and friends are battling bigger trials. But the size of another’s...

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What “La La Land” can teach us about following our dreams

Dates in the middle of the day are the best. One minute I was dropping my twins off at afternoon kindergarten and the next, my husband had surprised me with matinee movie tickets. I’d been dying to see “La La Land” for months. It’s near-Oscar win mishap moved it to the top of the list and finally got us to the theater — on a Tuesday afternoon. Like most of America, I loved the movie — but this is not a movie review. Though by the looks of it online, many reviewers claimed the movie was overrated, or they...

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