Category: KSL Motherhood Matters

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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The Real Reason Making New Friends is Hard (Especially for Adults)

I stepped out of the shower for the day — never mind that it was already 2 p.m. I just moved into a new home, in a new city, and every day had been a different variety of crazy. Any minute I was expecting my sister-in-law to drop off her kids for me to babysit. I quickly got dressed, wiped the mascara from under my eyes and, not having time for my contact lenses, grabbed my dirty glasses. My hair was still wet so I threw it up in a towel on top of my head. The doorbell rang....

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Fight ‘January Blues’ with yellow — and other positivity tips

Though it’s been a record-breaking cold and stormy January, you may still be holding on to high hopes for a great new year, even working toward your new goals. Statistically though, that is a hard thing for almost half of Americans to do. If you did set a New Year’s resolution or two, according to a study this month by Statistics Brain, only 68.4 percent of you stuck with it for two weeks, and only 58.4 percent of you will stick with it past this month. And then there is Blue Monday. It’s the third Monday of the new...

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