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

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, 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

Family, Parenting

Worrying About Your Little One: Part of the Job or Societal Imposition?

I’ve been hearing more and more about this age being “the age of anxiety” where worrying is at an all-time high, especially amongst millennials.  Apparently, a large part of it has to do with choice.  We have so many choices before us that we end up being a big, anxious mess out of pure decision-fatigue… Read More Worrying About Your Little One: Part of the Job or Societal Imposition?

Family, Parenting

To All Thoughtful Parents: Respect Your Parenting Decisions Even If No One Else Does

When my baby was about five weeks old, I visited a friend.  From the moment we stepped into her place, I could tell that my baby was uncomfortable about something; I’m not sure about what.  But I knew for a certainty that she didn’t want to go into anyone’s arms; she wanted to stay with… Read More To All Thoughtful Parents: Respect Your Parenting Decisions Even If No One Else Does