Family, Happiness, Marriage, Parenting

Strengthening a Marriage Through the Common Experience of Raising Children

I recently wrote about how I didn’t think marital happiness and raising children were, despite what some might say, mutually exclusive.  But my husband and I had seen how some of our friends’ marriage suffered after having children, and so we decided to do research and take preventative measures to make sure it wouldn’t happen… Read More Strengthening a Marriage Through the Common Experience of Raising Children

Beauty, Family, Motherhood, Parenting

Makeup Tips for New Moms: Do It Wise ‘Cause You Can’t Do It Twice

One of the consistent pieces of advice given to new moms that I have come across over the years is that they should take care of themselves, and that a little makeup goes a long way.  But I find that the advice doesn’t delve much more than that—until now. I rounded up some makeup tips… Read More Makeup Tips for New Moms: Do It Wise ‘Cause You Can’t Do It Twice

Family, Parenting

If You Want To Be A Good Parent, You Have To Read This

Apologies for the clickbait worthy title, but as you will see, it’s basically the perfect opening to this post.  Because I think I have found the two things that every person needs to do be a good parent—a big “ah-ha” a couple of fellow parents and I have had recently and that I want to… Read More If You Want To Be A Good Parent, You Have To Read This

Family, Parenting

How Many Children and How Far Apart They Should Be: Does It Really Matter?

The children question…  It was bound to happen—although I didn’t expect it to happen so soon after giving birth. When my baby was only a handful of weeks old, someone broke the ice and asked when my husband and I would be getting more children.  Of course, at the time, all we could think about… Read More How Many Children and How Far Apart They Should Be: Does It Really Matter?

Family, Health, Parenting

How Do You Look So Good? Parents Share Tips on Nurturing Their Own Health

It seems that the health of parents is of big concern to many; the younger the offspring, the higher the concern.  I reached out to a number of parents in my network and asked them for their best tips in four categories of health: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.  I then picked the one or… Read More How Do You Look So Good? Parents Share Tips on Nurturing Their Own Health

Family, Parenting

Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood

A friend of mine recently asked me how motherhood was treating me.  After I was done gushing, she asked me another question that took me by surprise: “I know you love your baby, but what about babyhood, do you like that?” I have heard a lot of parents complaining about how difficult babyhood is, and… Read More Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood

Breastfeeding, Family, Parenting

Breast is Best—In Some Situations

Breast milk is honestly one of the most amazing things a woman’s body is able to do.  It’s the perfect food, available by request, endlessly adaptable to the need of her baby.  Biologically speaking, in normal circumstances, breast milk is, indeed, the best thing a baby can eat. However, things are not that simple, are… Read More Breast is Best—In Some Situations

Family, Parenting, Patience, Virtues

Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children

We tend to shy away from frustration.  Anything that bothers us, we avoid.  I think that, to a certain extent, that’s OK—I mean, why would I purposefully choose to get into the longest line at the grocery store?  But there are situations in which frustration is just a part of life and should be something… Read More Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children

Family, Parenting

Surprisingly Great Things to Have To Make Baby’s First Year Easier

Figuring out what my baby actually needs versus what I am told by a society that over-consumes what my baby needs is an on-going and very interesting experience, especially during baby’s first year.  First off, how difficult is it to keep one’s cool when baby stuff is just so endearingly cute?  All those cute patterns… Read More Surprisingly Great Things to Have To Make Baby’s First Year Easier

Family, Parenting

Inherent Versus Assigned Worth: Moving Beyond Social Constructs To Appreciate The Role Of Parents

Before having a child, I always wondered how parents did it all.  They were always so busy, constantly on the go, always with something to do.  I hoped to be able to keep the pace once I had children of my own, and looked forward to have such a full and rich life. Since I’ve… Read More Inherent Versus Assigned Worth: Moving Beyond Social Constructs To Appreciate The Role Of Parents