On Parenting and Life

Laugh a Little, Cry a Little, Love a Lot – Three Surprisingly Simple Steps to Mommy-Bliss

Being a happy mom isn’t about sailing through motherhood. It’s not about having it all together or having the best kids. And it’s not about being perfect. Motherhood can be chaotic, stressful, and complicated. There are temper tantrums and sibling squabbles. There is self-doubt and frustration, fear and uncertainty. But there is also laughter and love… and, yes, even bliss. Learn how to laugh at things you might not find funny at first (because parenting is full of those things), let yourself cry when you need to, and love yourself and your family the best that you can every day. Being a mom can give way to moments more beautiful than we could’ve imagined. Discover how to find those moments (even when they’re hiding under mountains of laundry).

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
-Psalm 118:24

The Dreaming Mom – Soaring to New Heights

Do you remember the hopes and dreams you had for your life… but barely? How many
of us, after becoming moms, lose sight of the passion that once stirred our hearts? After all, there are mouths to feed and rooms to clean and piles of laundry… Who has time to dream? Being a mom means you have more on your plate for sure, but it shouldn’t mean setting your dreams on a shelf… forever. In fact, becoming a mom might be the very thing that gives your dreams wings. Come together, be inspired, and learn ways to explore and pursue your dreams. When your kids see you dreaming, they’ll learn to dream too. Come together, be inspired, and learn ways to explore and pursue your dreams. When your kids see you dreaming, they’ll learn to dream too.

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Gratitude – A Happy Habit
Let’s be honest; in the middle of the challenges that sometimes come with parenting, having an attitude of gratitude isn’t always a breeze. Learn five ways to become a more grateful mom and five ways to raise more grateful kids. We’ll talk about how thankfulness can help you beat stress, parent better, and lead a happier, healthier life. A little thanks really does go a long way.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

The Perfect Mom (Who Doesn’t Exist)
We’ve all felt judged as a mom at one point or another. And I think it’s safe to say we’ve all done the judging a few times too (which includes judging ourselves). After all, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves: we want our kids to behave, we want our house to be neat, and we want to be good moms. Yet every child is different, every mom is different, and there is no perfect either. We come from different walks of life, different backgrounds, and different families. But we’re all moms, and we’re in this together. Be encouraged, learn ways to encourage others, and discover how being real can make all the difference.

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
NIV 1 Corinthians 13:13

Healthy Mom, Happy Mom
Though being a mom can bring incredible joy, it can also bring worry and stress, self-doubt and frustration, even heartache and pain. Having kids is a big responsibility and it comes with challenges. Yet through it all, moms often keep a tough upper lip, sometimes at the expense of their own well-being. Learn practical ways to get back on track to physical and emotional health and happiness and discover new joy in being a mom!

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25

Don’t Hold Back (or You’ll Miss God’s Best):
Have you ever felt a nudge to do something, but didn’t do it because you were scared or felt like you weren’t qualified? Are there things you dream of doing, but find yourself holding back? God didn’t intend for us to live half-hearted lives filled with regret and hesitation. Discover what God says about His plan for your life and be inspired to… follow that nudge!

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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