Category: Cherish My Children

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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Simple Questions To Help You Eliminate Your Guilty Thoughts

I asked a vulnerable question on Facebook and was surprised by how honest the answers were — and how many answers came in so quickly. Each time my phone buzzed, I double-tapped and swiped left to read the newest post notification. “I feel guilty when I nap while my daughter naps instead of cleaning the house.” “I feel guilty when I make my kids cry after using my angry mom voice.” “I feel guilty when I daydream about being anywhere else but here.” I knew exactly the feeling they each were describing. I have had those same thoughts. Through...

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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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How To Keep Your Sanity During The Summer

This is a great article from our archives, perfect for this time of year! This originally published on KSL.c0m in 2013. I glance at the kitchen and can’t help but see every drawer and every cupboard is open. Christmas ribbon laces in and out of my kitchen chairs. I’m told it’s an obstacle course. Behind me, slippery sleeping bags rest at the bottom of the staircase as it appears they are not currently needed to transport anyone from the top to the bottom. Science experiments are evaporating in the half bathroom, water fights are sprinkling my family room, and...

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