Word for the Year

5 Easy Steps to Choose a Word for the Year that Can Change Your Life

New Year’s Resolutions. The simple words evoke some emotion, I’m sure. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they are cloaked in expectations and cause us to look at the things we are tired of being or doing rather than on the person we are focusing to become. Resolutions can be kept or broken, but there’s little to no …

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My Love Hate Relationship with Resolutions and What I Plan to do Instead

My Love-Hate Relationship with New Year’s Resolutions and What I’m Doing Instead

It’s coming soon… Yes, that time is nearing. I can feel it breathing on me, like a toddler with a nasty cold. I am waiting for the dreadful sneeze or a cough that will come just as he looks squarely in my eye! Then just as you intently lock eyes with that look of love that you couldn’t resist or …

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5 Things Introverts need to know going into the holidays

Five Things an Introvert Should Know Heading Into The Holidays

Holiday Stress The holidays are here and with them is a host of holiday cheer, people, activity, busyness, crowds, oh my! For those who are introverts, this can be a stressful time of year. The demands of the season have you stepping out of your comfort zone on a consistent basis and filling your schedule fuller with people and activity …

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Preparing Your Heart for the Holidays Even When it Hurts

Preparing Your Heart for the Holidays—Even When It Hurts

Is your heart struggling this season? From Halloween on, there is a steady flow of holidays, as we move from Thanksgiving to Christmas to the New Year. It can feel like a whirl wind of activity, commitments, and emotions. While the fun and excitement boost us for a while, the holidays can also bring an overwhelming sense of our limits, …

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3 Keys to taking the Chaos out of Christmas

3 Keys to Take the Chaos Out of Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, whether you’ve taken the time to deck the halls with boughs of holly or you’ve just decided to sit back and dream of a white Christmas, you know the holidays are  quickly approaching. And while some may speak of the twelve days of Christmas, you are aware it is far more than …

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Growing an Attitude of Gratitude In Your Family

Growing the attitude of gratitude Thankfulness is something we talk about a lot at Thanksgiving. But it’s not just a holiday concept. “Give thanks in all things.” Some might recognize that from the Bible. Now that’s a steep direction. And I don’t know about you, but one that may not necessarily come naturally. I mean it’s easy to be grateful …

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Keeping Dreams Alive In Parenting

Pursuing a dream Ten years ago, I began following some webinars and learning how to market my materials as an author and speaker. One might say I started dreaming. But how would I set about keeping dreams alive in my parenting years? As one might imagine, a mother of seven can face a few obstacles when it comes to marketing …

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Ten Tips to Help Cope With Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance From the first moment a woman realizes that her cycle may be a day late, her stomach feels a tad queasy, or her body feels a bit tender or sore… before she even pees on the stick to confirm a yes a no…her thoughts are focused on a tiny life growing inside her. Whether planned …

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Three Common Mental Health Issues Moms Face

Three Common Mental Health Issues Moms Face Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are some of the most common mental health issues mothers face. Unfortunately, and all to common, moms are so busy caring for the other members of a family that her own health (mental, emotional, and physical) can suffer. Mental health is nothing to set aside though. Moms need to …

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Top Ten Reasons Moms Feel Inadequate

How Inadequacy Sneaks In The alarm goes off and without moving a single limb, her mind is already fully engaged and actively racing with all the details and commitments of the day. I hate mornings. Why can’t I be like those ladies that get up bright and early and are productive before the rest of the house wakes? The comparison …

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Learning to Trust My Momsense

Five Things I Learned About Trusting My Momsense This month is Craniosynostosis Awareness Month. In last week’s blog I shared about receiving the craniosynostosis diagnosis and what the journey was like from that point through surgery. But one thing I didn’t focus on too much in the last blog, is truly worth mentioning. So I thought this week we’d revisit …

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Diagnosis Craniosynostosis: Bennett’s Journey

  Bennett’s Journey Birth defect. I remember the first time I heard the words, something inside me felt instantly nauseated. I felt both a rush of fear and anger. Don’t use that term for my baby! He is perfect! It has taken nearly three years for me to be able to utter those words and accept them with grace. So …

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Motivating Your Child Without Meltdowns and Mayhem

The Morning Rush It’s morning at the Kirkbride house, and from the moment the first person stirs, there will be a domino effect for all that happens for the next 45 minutes. The bus arrives at a whopping 6:30 am! And I would venture to say that in a family of 8 we have approximately 2.2 people that are “morning …

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A Whole New Perspective on Discipline

*Today’s article has 2 free resources available for download, check your email or keep reading to find out how to receive them! A New Way to Discipline I don’t know about you, but watching societal trends on discipline can make one’s head spin! Add to that the feeling in the pit of your stomach when someone says discipline, and you …

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