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Striving for Underachievement

Have you noticed that we live in an achievement-oriented society (at least those of us in the U.S.)? Many people feel like they are wasting time if they are not producing, attaining or completing something. It can get exhausting at times! Sometimes the only occasion we give ourselves a break is on vacation  and many times even those are meticulously planned out to the minute, leaving little real relaxation time. When is the last time that you aspired to “underachieve?” I’m talking about taking a day off to do “nothing”… Read more Striving for Underachievement

School is Now in Session!

As a mom of two teenagers and a toddler, organization and routine is important to decrease stress and maintain a healthy balance in my home. Below are some ways that I do this: Schedule family time:  Allow your children to help plan a weekly family night.  An example is renting videos and watching them at home with favorite movie snacks to enjoy.  During family night, rules should be established, such as no texting or taking phone calls. Choose chores:  Because everyone’s schedules are busier now, it is helpful to have… Read more School is Now in Session!

Spare Your Sanity; Save Yourself-Part 2

Here’s part 2 of what you can do to maintain your health and sanity. Ask for help.  Speak with family and friends about how they can help especially if you’ve just had a new baby.  Be direct about the kinds of help you will appreciate, both childcare assistance and emotional support.  Research has shown that you benefit most from support if it’s what you need, not what others might imagine you need. Nurture your sense of humor.  The ability to step back and laugh at life’s challenges and frustrations is… Read more Spare Your Sanity; Save Yourself-Part 2

Spare Your Sanity; Save Yourself-Part 1

While this article was originally written for new moms, it offers advice which all women can benefit from. If you don’t have children, think of all the people in your life you care for and how that affects you.  All women need self-care to stay healthy and sane. 7 Sanity Saving Tips: Care for your children by caring for yourself.  Practice our “Five A Day.”  Eat, sleep, get regular physical activity, rest/take breaks and connect with yourself and others.  Put your oxygen mask on first, so you have the energy and vitality… Read more Spare Your Sanity; Save Yourself-Part 1

Pick Your Pie

“For those of you who feel overwhelmed and yet can’t see what you could eliminate from your schedule, I’d like to address a few things here. First, I want you to know that life really isn’t a competition. I think we can all agree that a little competitiveness is good-it motivates, keeps us on our toes and helps us do our best. But when you feel everything you do is being compared to someone else, it can make you a little crazy! I’m not knocking being the best at something. But… Read more Pick Your Pie

What is a Mother?

As we conclude our Mother’s Day Contest/Challenge, here are some final thoughts about what motherhood means.  One of our favorite poems about mother/parenthood is from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, “On Children.” “Your children are not your children.  They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. .. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.” Another touching  account of motherhood is found… Read more What is a Mother?

Self-Care During the Heat Wave

Temperatures have been breaking records all over the country due to the extreme heat. Not only is it uncomfortable, but triple-digit temperatures can be the cause of illness and even death if you don’t take care of yourself! Some self-care techniques may seem obvious when you step outside and immediately start sweating. Stay inside where there’s air conditioning, drink plenty of water, and, if you do have to be outside for more than 15 minutes, wear at leastSun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 sunscreen to protect your skin from dangerous sunburns and seek out… Read more Self-Care During the Heat Wave

For Prego Moms: Beat the Summer Heat!

We’ve been discussing all types of ways to engage in self-care. No time is more important than when you’re pregnant. Prego Factoid: During your pregnancy, your body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy that is caused by this additional blood and fluids. Normal swelling, which is also called edema, is experienced in the hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet. Swelling can happen at any point during your pregnancy but is usually noticeable around… Read more For Prego Moms: Beat the Summer Heat!