Category: KSL Motherhood Matters

12 Things I’ve Learned From My School-aged Kids

I’ve learned some amazing things from my kids. Two years ago I wrote about 12 things I knew because I was a mom. At the time, my children were little. Well, they kept growing and I kept learning. As parents I don’t think the learning is ever complete. After all, we’re just figuring this parent thing out as we go — and just when we get one stage figured out, it’s time to move on to the next. Here are 12 more things I’ve learned thanks to my school-aged children: I can’t always be the ‘cool mom.’ And actually being...

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7 Tips to Take Back Dinnertime

  For most people, the witching hour refers to the late hours of night when witches and ghouls are thought to appear. In my world, the witching hour is actually that time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., right before dinner. The kids get hungry and ghoulish, and I often feel like a witch on a broomstick as I shuffle kids from activities, guard the pantry from predators, and do my best to prepare a meal that I’m not prepared to make. I dread this witching hour, and I’ve heard from many of the moms I work with that they...

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4 Strategies to Avoid Summertime Overwhelm

We stopped nagging our children about their homework weeks before school actually ended; and keeping a decent bedtime is increasingly more difficult as the sun stays in the sky just a bit longer each night. Thankfully, summer is here, and most of us have really good intentions and a second-wind of purpose. We hope for family activities, organized fun, fight-free afternoons, stacks of finished books and swim towels that hang up themselves. During summer break, we are trying to balance all the kids’ activities with our own — all the while knowing kids without a school schedule often means...

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How To Create a To-Do List You Will Actually Complete

There is a rush of satisfaction that I feel each time I use my chunky, black Crayola marker to cross something off my daily list. All right, so maybe the marker actually belongs to my kids, but I still love that quick sense of satisfaction. I know I’m not the only one who likes the feeling of accomplishment that comes from crossing things off their list. Maybe you are even the type of person who puts something on your to-do list just so you can cross it off. That used to be me — placing things on my list...

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Finding The AND In Motherhood

My mother always told me, “you can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it.” It’s probable your mother told you something similar, and we say the same thing to our children. As mothers, we tell our children to dream big and work hard — and we mean it. But the reality is we often don’t believe it because we have little evidence of it in our lives. Sure, we became mothers, and we always wanted to be a mother. Motherhood is a dream come true. But then — after we reached motherhood —...

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