Category: KSL Motherhood Matters

5 Ways to Foster Truth-telling In Your Home

While scrambling eggs over the stove, I listened in on my son telling my daughter about the surprise left under his pillow. At 7 1/2 years old, my son has waited for ages for wiggly teeth. The night before, he lost not one, but two of his bottom front teeth. The Tooth Fairy has never seen something so exciting at our house, and apparently that epic moment left room for, well, inflation. “Yeah, I got $2 … and two quarters,” he told his older sister as he took his place at the breakfast table. “What!?” she questioned, knowing very...

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How to Deal With Mean Girls And Other Rude People

With a smile, I opened the front door to greet my two oldest children home from elementary school. Right away I noticed my fourth-grader’s slumped shoulders. I noticed how she dragged her feet as she climbed the front steps. I knew it had not been a good day for her at school. “What’s wrong?” I asked. Often she’ll shake her head and grunt “nothing,” even though I know very well we have a problem. I waited for the grunt and instead she started to cry. “Someone at school called me stupid,” she quickly confessed as she leaned in for...

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4 ways organizing your closet is just like organizing your life!

My closet is relatively clean … except for my shoes, my jewelry, and the two high shelves I throw things on because I’m just too short. Which leads me to realize my closet is actually far from organized. Thankfully, I recently interviewed Leanne Jacobs, professional organizer and owner of Organize & Decorate Everything. She offered some great tips for creating an organized clothing closet. What I realized very soon after our conversation is just how much organizing one’s schedule and life is just like organizing a closet: Protecting your roles uses the exact same principles. Here are four organizing...

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Controlling the morning chaos: 8 ideas that work

It’s the 30 minutes right before you send your kids out the door and off to elementary school that just might do you in — and the day has only just begun. Groggy little faces greet you at the breakfast table with scowls, reminding you something is never quite right. The shirt they wanted to wear cannot be found and you cut the toast into triangles rather than squares. From then on, it’s the clock versus the kids; and the kids never seem to see the value in moving quickly — or rather correctly. They eat breakfast too slow...

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Sneaky Little Ways to Empower Your Children

Yesterday I watched my tween daughter cry and couldn’t do anything about it. When she was little, eliciting a smile or solving her problem was as simple as a tickle attack or an ice cream sundae. Over the years it got more complicated and I soon needed a good repertoire of knock-knock jokes and One Direction dance moves. But even humor doesn’t always help. When it comes to a 10-year-old’s problems, I don’t have very many answers. And the answers I did have seemed much more like a lecture I knew she didn’t want to hear. So, how can...

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