Your Kid Is Not Like Every Other – and that is good!

I have been thinking a lot about my son lately. He just graduated from High School. It happened...just like that. Oh the memories! I am remembering the little boy with the compassionate heart, the playful disposition and the thoughtful eyes fringed by bangs who has always captivated my female heart with constant busyness and curiosity. As a little guy he would toddle over to the front door and with his tiny open hand he would slap the … [Read more...]

Best Marriage Advice Ever

Wait for it, it’s coming...keep reading. My daughter just got married. As in last weekend. She has a new name. Here’s the thing – I love her husband...already. Because I know him so well, I have known him for over 21 years. Even though we met in person two years ago. When you pray for someone for 21 years you just know them - the Holy Spirit does that. Mom’s, pray for your child’s future spouse. It matters. I have spent much … [Read more...]

Moms Crave Quiet

When my children were very young, there were two commodities I was in constant need of: "quiet" and "time," that is for daggum sure! It seemed there were not enough hours in the day for me . . . and let's face it, many days "me" was at the top of my list. As I now contemplate my need "back in the day" for what is commonly referred to as "me time"—that quiet and time I so longed for—I find divine irony in the truth that what I actually … [Read more...]

Winners Announced from the Pine Cove Camps Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered my recent Pine Cove giveaway—I appreciate your support so much! I'm happy to announce the winners are . . . Hannah H — youth camp Elizabeth H — camp in the city Hannah and Elizabeth, my publicity team will be in touch via email with details about how to claim your prize. Keep an eye on your inbox! Welcome to Be the Mom! I'm so excited you're here. Be sure you're following me … [Read more...]

Guaranteed Weekly Date Night for Parents

As I connect with married moms I hear loud and clear your desire to have a date night with your husbands! I get it and I applaud you for knowing that dating your husband, while parenting, should be a priority. Do you, too, long for the opportunity to have a date night with your spouse? Do you feel cheated because you cannot manage to get out of the house and date night just keeps not happening? I have some very good news: You do not have to … [Read more...]

Bucket O’ Summer Fun

"Mom . . . I'm bored" is usually heard a couple of weeks into summer, and then we have to figure out what our kids might be able to do in order to be have some fun—whether it's a rainy day, a hot day, a cranky day, or we just want to keep our kids off of the electronics and up and moving or being creative! Take the time now, just before summer is in full swing, and fill a box with some fun activities that will keep your child engaged for a … [Read more...]

No-Rules, Kid-Friendly Summer

Yes, I just wrote that out loud : no-rules summer!  Call me crazy . . . or call me old and wise, but I do think I am on to something here! Every home needs rules to run smoothly, I get that, but come on . . . don’t you remember the thrill of summer when you were a kid? I sure do. I remember that giddy feeling of not having to study for three whole months and the promise of no schedules. (Yeah, remember when summer break was from Memorial … [Read more...]

Help For The Busy Mom

I have noticed we moms have a tendency to compare our "busyness schedules" when we meet up and greet each other! Being a busy mom should not be worn as a badge of honor; it should be an indicator that we may just need to slow down. I know that of which I speak . . . because I am, at times, a busy mom. However, when the busy word slips through my lips it also triggers a "warning signal" of sorts. I admit that when my momlife is filled with … [Read more...]

Danger to Children’s Growth

The other day my husband was talking about a leadership principal that involves the term analysis paralysis, and my ears perked up. When I asked him to explain further, he said leaders have to know when to take action, “It’s all about not over thinking things, it is ok to make mistakes because you will learn from them.” So that got me to thinking . . . if multimillion-dollar business leaders know that doing something and making mistakes leads … [Read more...]