Finding gratitude in the chaos

Total honest moment, I have been feeling a little sorry for myself lately. The great thing about getting older is that the more time we spend in these bodies, with our thoughts and behaviors, the better we get to know ourselves. Here's one thing that I have learned about myself: I don't do well with transitions.... Continue Reading

New Years 2.0

School starts a week from today for my two older boys and I think I am almost ready. We have had a really fun, full summer and the cool, breezy morning today is making me look forward to the fall weather. Also, I am craving the return to structure... Continue Reading

It’s a trap!

There's a phrase that I hear a lot of moms say. Maybe you've said it, I know I have. But I am here to warn you, it's a trap. If this phrase reflects a belief that you hold, you are setting yourself up to be stuck where you are. And that phrase is....drumroll.... Continue Reading

Holey sneakers and traffic safety

Yesterday we were doing one of our training runs through our neighborhood and I was doing the mom thing where I kept telling him to stay on the inside of the sidewalk so I was on the outside closer to the traffic. He finally asked me why I kept saying this. It's one of those things that's so instinctual that I don't even realize it so it strikes me as odd when he asks WHY I am doing it. Continue Reading

Need a perspective shift? Ask your kid!

One thing that continues to surprise and humble me on a regular basis the capacity my kids seem to have to love me. I have my moments of unloveable-ness (un-loveability?) for sure. Some days (many days) I feel like a non-stop yell machine and I end my day feeling annoyed with myself for the tone I used helping my 4th grader with his homework or reminding my 2nd grader for gazillionth time to put his shoes away. Continue Reading