3 Elements for a Killer Morning Routine

How to create your ideal morning routine.

It took me a long time to get to a place where I enjoy the morning. I was a perpetual night owl, even after my kids were born. I woke up every morning wishing that I could stay in bed just a little longer.

Eventually I realized that staying up late and waking to the sounds of my kids getting up wasn’t working. I hate to say it, but I was often grumpy and snappy in the morning until I’d had a chance to fully wake up.

It’s hard to open your eyes to immediate demands, even if they come from someone unable to meet their own needs. I didn’t like that I sometimes felt resentful that my children had woken me up. In yet another example of God’s perfect timing, that’s when I discovered Hello Mornings. read more

Dealing with Mom Guilt & 4 Ways to Let it Go

Why does mom guilt hit so hard and what can we do to overcome the feeling that we just don't measure up?

Being a mom is hard. Let’s just be honest about it. It’s amazing and joyful and fun and tender and rewarding. It’s also demanding, tiring, and overwhelming at times. We work so hard to be excellent moms, but sometimes we succumb to mom guilt anyway. Why does mom guilt hit so hard and what can we do to overcome the feeling that we just don’t measure up?

Too Much Comparison

Our ability to compare ourselves to other moms is at an all-time high. With social media running rampant in our every day lives, it’s no wonder we don’t see the merit of our work when we’re constantly watching how everyone else does it. read more

How to Spend Your Time Wisely

Some days my house is spotless, but I’ve barely had a spare minute to do anything else. Other days are packed with fun, but our home looks like a bomb went off. Our family goes through seasons of busyness and periods of calm, and our days rarely feel perfectly balanced. Going through life as a family will always bring extra responsibilities and expectations into the mix. My mindset during this time: embrace the chaos, but don’t invite it in.

Spend your time wisely by making decisions that reflect your priorities.

Life moves in seasons

From the time babies are born, they constantly move from one phase to the next. Just as you feel that you’ve figured out one new behavior, they continue on to the next. A few days after we brought our first baby home, one of our good friends left us a hilariously encouraging message saying, “So right about now, your biggest question is: where the heck is the manual for this thing?” It was 100% true. Even at 6 and 9, my kids still go through periods that have us wondering how best to parent them. I have no doubt that some of the trickiest phases are still ahead of us in the teenage years. read more

Why We Make Our Kids Write Thank You Notes

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I have a confession. I’m not the one in our house leading the charge on thank you notes.

I’m married with two children so I’ve written my fair share of thank yous. I don’t mind writing a note of gratitude, but I am perpetually slow to get this job done.

Second confession: I’m actually really bad at sending packages and cards for other occasions on time too. I’ve even been known to forget entirely. I feel awful about it and it’s something I’m really working on this year. read more

5 Tips for a Great Babysitter Experience

Every parent needs a little time off occasionally. Parenting is a joy and a privilege, but it’s also a lot of work. Whether it’s a break for yourself or time alone with your spouse, it’s smart to make time to recharge. If you don’t have family or friends that can help you, you’ll need to find a babysitter. Over time, I’ve discovered a few tricks that make the experience easier on everyone.

Prepare the Kids Ahead of time

Whether this is the first time you’re using a babysitter or the same old sitter who always comes over, it’s always a good idea to prep the kids. Let them know that someone special is coming to take care of them while you go out. My kids are young with a limited concept of time so I usually do same-day prep. Be sure to emphasize how much fun they will have while you’re gone. For a first-time experience or with a new sitter, I sometimes even provide a special treat. I remember loving babysitters as a kid because it usually meant pizza and renting a movie. read more