Category: KSL Motherhood Matters

The importance of learning to “Mom Network”

This article was originally published on KSL.com in Motherhood Matters. Cynthia Bee knows firsthand the power that networking can have — especially for stay-at-home mothers. In 2004, Bee and her sister, Jennifer Scott, had a vision to create an amazing play experience for the children in their rapidly growing West Jordan community. They rallied their friends, who rallied their friends, and they created the “Minivan Mom Brigade.” Soon politicians, local businesses, religious organizations and even a few Fortune 500 companies joined their ranks and shared the vision of a community-built playground. One year later — with the help of...

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Empower Yourself to Say NO Respectfully with this Formula

I heard Christmas music in a department store today and realized the holiday season is already upon us — ready or not. The holidays can bring increased family time and wonderful memories, but they can also increase your stress level as your calendar fills up with concerts and parties and holiday obligations.   Why say no According to the Mayo Clinic, “stress relief can be as straightforward as just saying no … saying yes isn’t healthy. When you’re overcommitted and under too much stress, you’re more likely to feel run-down and possibly get sick.” We’ve talked before about how to handle...

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How to combat Mom Guilt

This article was originally published in Motherhood Matters on KSL.com  Almost every day I battle a voice in my head. It’s more of a constant string of thoughts, really. They start simple enough, reminding me of the things I need to do: “Don’t forget to cycle the laundry before it sours again. Get down on the floor and play with the boys. Call and reschedule the dentist appointments.” But by the end of the day, these thoughts — stacked one on top of the other — can have quite the negative impact, especially those thoughts that I did not...

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3 Steps To Keep Your “Dream In Motion” While Raising A Family

Dreams are funny things. Not the kind of dreams that come to us in our sleep, but real dreams — goals and desires that rest in our souls. We all have dreams. In fact, for many of us our dreams have been living inside us for as long as we can remember — dormant. Some of them were placed within us before we even came to be. Dreams are what we’ve always hoped to do, what we’ve always loved to do, what we were born to do. We can try to stifle them or re-prioritize them, but they will — at...

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4 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

This is an excerpt from the MOMentity article “Surviving the world of airbrushed images and perceived perfect parents” published last Wednesday in Motherhood Matters on KSL.com. Waiting in the doctor’s office, I flip through a magazine. Inside the pages are pictures of beautiful women posing as mothers. Their blouses are wrinkle-free with no sign of stains. Their shoes are darling. The children standing next to them are perfectly poised and dressed in swanky little outfits. Their skin is flawless and their teeth are bright white. I remind myself they are airbrushed and professionally posed. The reminder is necessary even though...

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