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March 26, 2013

Positive Thinking for Moms

Positive Thinking for Moms

Moms sure worry a lot. If you’re anything like me, you imagine the worst that could happen. And then you feel bad about it, because thinking it makes it happen, right?

So is it impossible for us Moms to ever think positively?

Maybe in the first six months of your baby’s life. Just kidding!

Of course, we can have positive thoughts again. And as you go farther in your mothering career, it will get easier.

Try these tips for being a more optimistic, positive-thinking Mom:

1. Start Early

As soon as you wake up, take a moment to think positively. Get your mind settled down and remind yourself of all you have to be thankful for. This helps get you in a positive, grateful frame of mind right off the bat.

2. Repeat to Yourself…

It can help to have a mantra, or repeated phrase that you say each day, especially when stress closes in. It might be a Bible verse, a saying, a line of poetry, or a positive saying. Whatever it is, repeat it as needed and let it “sink in.”

3. You’re Not Really in Control

You may think your whole house will fall apart if you take a break, but really, letting go now and then is helpful for your sanity and for the rest of the household. Sometimes you just need to relax and realize that mistakes will happen, messes will be made, and life will go on. You can’t control every variable.

4. Cultivate Gratitude

There is something to be thankful for every day, even if it’s just that you’re alive. Sometimes it helps to consider all the things that didn’t happen on a given day that could have, such as a leaky faucet, the loss of your job, or someone in the family getting sick. Try to be grateful for the things you might normally take for granted, such as having enough food in the house or being able to drive.

5. Take Opportunities Wherever They Come Up

One of the keys to being grateful and optimistic is to watch for opportunities to be still and feel the gratitude. This might be at night, when your kids are sleeping and you look in on them. Maybe it’s during the day when little ones are napping, or when your kids are reading or playing. Just watch them for a moment, and be thankful that you have them. Look for opportunities to say “thank you,” and everyone in your family may feel more grateful.

Do this even when — or especially when — bad things happen. Always look for the silver lining. You may have to wait until things have settled down, but as soon as you can, make some quiet time to look back and find the positive in any situation.

Parenthood is not all worries, problems, and anxieties, although sometimes it may seem that way. Set aside several moments a day to intentionally think positive thoughts. You’ll find your stress level will go down, and you’ll be a happier Mommy.

How do you keep a positive attitude?


March 23, 2013

4 Tips for Moms to Regain Balance

Tips for Moms to Regain Balance

Becoming a mother can certainly tip the scales in one direction – often in the direction of exhaustion! This is not only true for mothers who work outside the home. In fact, stay-at-home Moms — who often have no respite from parenting and domestic work — often feel the lack of balance in their lives, too.

Motherhood can certainly set things off balance.

Here are some tips for finding balance for anyone who is juggling the joys of motherhood.

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March 16, 2013

10 Benefits of Music for Children

Benefits of Music for Children

In my family, learning a musical instrument is a non-negotiable. That is, everyone must learn to play the piano, as foundation, and then whatever other instrument they become interested in later on.

Schools recognize the importance of music in children’s lives. Musical instruments are often a mainstay in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. There are good reasons for this!

Here are 10 ways music is good for children:

1. Brain Development

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March 15, 2013

How to Become the Mom You Want to Be

The Mom You Want to Be

Moms, are we ever satisfied with ourselves?

Most of the time, we’re feeling guilty over something. And we always think the other Mom has it together and is doing a much better job than we are.

If you’re a stay-at-home Mom, you may wonder if what you’re doing is really important, as you change diapers and fix dinner and nurse the baby (all at the same time).

It’s pretty self-defeating to try to be a perfect mom, so that’s not what this article is about. This is about becoming the mom YOU want to be, which means aiming for more contentment and satisfaction in your mothering efforts.

To become the mom you want to be, it helps to stop and take stock of just what you’re doing and where you want to be. Here are some tips that may help.
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