If you are anxious about being around family this holiday, consider ways to make space for gratitude instead of grumbling. Here are four things to keep in mind, especially in the relationship with your mother-in-law.
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As a reformed perfectionist, I still find my Type A roots bristling when I think about all the things I SHOULD BE DOING to truly provide a memorable season for my family. The expectations I set for myself seem impossible to meet — let alone exceed — and I find myself knee-deep in guilt for […]
Sometimes after several nights, my kiddos would become exasperated and my excuses became more elaborate . . . “This must be a busy tooth season,” I’d say.
I vividly remember whipping out the old “you’re not my mom” response when she told me to get a shower one day. Real classy. Despite my feistiness, she loved me. She leaned in to nourish our relationship and, before long, she became my best friend.
October has come and gone, but the holiday season is upon up whether we are ready or not. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with a to-do list that grows as quickly as your kids, far-away relatives asking when you’ll visit, gift-giving pressures, etc. When that happens, the “happy holidays” are at risk of feeling not […]
If you are one of these moms (like me), striving and planning and seeking perfection with every holiday ideal, it’s time to take a deep breath. There are things we can do to help manage our expectations and still keep the magic alive.
This post aims to neither boast nor judge. Let me instead share some guidelines at the core of my habitual cleanliness. Maybe you can adopt them and adjust the way you treat your car. Or, maybe you can brush them aside like so many granola crumbs from the driver’s seat. To each, her own.