An inexpensive, creative way to use a reusable advent calendar to send a message to your little one from Santa! It is perfect for preschool age children as it works on letter recognition, each letter’s sound, and building words for emergent readers. What better way to fuel the magic and mystery of Christmas!
At some point, some, if not all of us, might find ourselves in a state of autopilot–absentmindedly running through those many functions we know we must complete to avoid certain chaos, but “barely there.” The cost of lingering in that state for too long is greater than one might think. When we live on autopilot, we are unknowingly missing out on those precious, ever-fleeting opportunities to embrace the essence of this very moment with our children.
As parents, we all wrestle with feeling as though there is not an end to the demands we face every day while caring for our children and our home. It can become overwhelming and discouraging as we work tirelessly, only to have the dishes pile up, the toys strewn across the floor once more, and all within less than 24 hours. We ask ourselves, “when does it end?” I promise there is an end, but more vanishes in that moment than we realize.
This post charts the many ways life and even my personality are forever altered from having children. The obvious, ugly truths among the unknown, beautiful reality. It is my hope that any mom who wrestles with similar emotions is reminded of the unmatched beauty in this sometimes difficult season.
Too often our thoughts and spoken words are spent grumbling about what we have. We often can’t see our answered prayers when we begin our day because we wear a macro lens and are focused on the things we wish we could change about ourselves or our lives. We see the endless cycle of housework and assignments as a curse, while others see them as a blessing. It is time for us to take care of our blessings and here’s how.
Something that I have struggled with and have heard other mommas echo, is that our self-esteem postpartum is lower than before we became pregnant. The sad reality can be, while we were comparing ourselves to others before, we look at our postpartum bodies now and we are comparing ourselves to an earlier version.
A raw post focusing on overcoming mommy guilt when you find yourself struggling to divide yourself among your children.
A post for anyone who feels like they have lost their own identity outside of being a mother. As well as, feeling like you do so much but there doesn’t seem to be anything you do just for the sake of your own enjoyment and aspirations. It’s okay to put your needs in front of certain things like housework; in fact, not neglecting ourselves makes us better mothers and wives.
Why is it that we hear, “they are so sheltered!” with a quick laugh and a condescending tone? As if it is a bad thing to have a child unaware of the harsh reality of the world we live in. Whether it is the cartoon movies with adult humor, or the suggestive photographs casually placed at the checkout lane, there is enough out there clamoring for their attention that we wish wasn’t so in their face. If we are being completely honest with ourselves, the world taints a child’s innocence at too early of an age.
The search for peace and guidance as a mother pours every bit of herself into her family.