How we Grow Ourselves through our Parenting

How we Grow Ourselves through our Parenting

When I started my blog EveryDayEveryMom almost two years ago, I had no idea what direction it would take. I wanted to capture my experiences in motherhood before it passed by—as many mothers before me warned me that it would. It's true that in what seems like a blink of an eye—even though the days themselves seemed to last lifetimes. My children have grown from babies to now toddler, preschool and kindergarten-aged. I see how much I have grown too. Here are a few truths I have learned along the way Being a parent is truly different…continue reading →
Being Positive – Accepting that whatever is happening now is the best for this moment

Being Positive – Accepting that whatever is happening now is the best for this moment

We were at a crowded indoor play space, where many of us find ourselves during the cold and rainy months. I was complaining about the crowds, how far away we had to park, how chaotic it seemed. Then I realized something… my kids weren’t complaining at all. They didn't even seem to notice these negatives that were consuming me.   I paused and changed the way I felt about the experience in front if me. By accepting what is, we can let go of our expectations about how we wanted it to be or…continue reading →
Why mindset matters and how to make a shift

Why mindset matters and how to make a shift

I go back to that book Little Engine That Could a lot with my kids. Whenever they are doing something new or hard or having trouble. I remind them to say to themselves, “I think I can, I think I can.” It’s a silly reminder but so true. Our mindset, the way we think and set of beliefs we hold, is important. It determines our attitude, outlook, and even our outcome. We have to connect inside and examine the beliefs we are holding. Which ones are serving us which ones are not? Then we can…continue reading →
Trusting more and worrying less, prioritizing couple time, and allowing love to conquer fear – EDEM ep. 24 with  Shelby Spear

Trusting more and worrying less, prioritizing couple time, and allowing love to conquer fear – EDEM ep. 24 with Shelby Spear

With so much of parenting being unknown and unfamiliar, it can make us worry a lot because we tend to fear things we don’t understand. How do we trust more and worry less? Meet Shelby Spear, mother of three college-aged children, who shares a unique perspective on parenting now that her children are out of the house. As she looks back, she reflects on how important it is to trust instead of over protect. As a self-proclaimed ‘worrier,’ she admits allowing trust is easier said than done. Examining our worries is worth the…continue reading →
Six ways moms can encourage each other everyday

Six ways moms can encourage each other everyday

We all have to make some time in our day to do something we love, something that fills us up beyond parenting. Making time for the things we love takes planning and some courage. Planning to carve time in an already full day. Courage to trust ourselves and value ourselves enough to make the time. As mothers, we should encourage each other in figuring these things out. Encourage is defined as inspiring courage. Connecting with other mothers is a way to inspire courage in each of us. Six ways moms can encourage each other everyday Accept our differences and…continue reading →
Connecting with other moms is way better than comparing

Connecting with other moms is way better than comparing

There are many things that parenting teaches us. One big lesson is to let go of comparison and and choose love and mindfulness instead. if we’re stuck on the outside, we’re missing the opportunity to connect and grow Too often, we look outside to determine how we feel inside. Giving in to those surface-level thoughts of comparison and judgement tear us up inside. When we’re stuck in that place, we’re missing out on connecting with ourself, and others. Connecting feels so much better I catch myself comparing at times throughout the day. We…continue reading →
Potty training your little one with as much calm as possible

Potty training your little one with as much calm as possible

Potty training is a big step toward our babies becoming more independent and us accepting we are not in control of our babies. We get to control our reactions to what happens, but not what happens. Reminding ourselves to choose love amidst the many emotions we will experience during potty training is the best way to stay calm. Here is what worked for me. Notice the potty-ready signs Somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3 you may start to notice signs that they are getting ready. I think 2 1/2 is a magic number. Here are some of…continue reading →
Dropping the Pacifier with extra patience

Dropping the Pacifier with extra patience

Ahh the pacifier. For anyone who has been on the floor searching for one the middle of night or has popped one in at a restaurant to immediately calm your crying  baby. You know the love-hate relationship that exists with the binky. The Pacifier is so wonderful in the early months. It really does calm babies in those first few months. A calmer baby makes us as parents more calm, and therefore a better environment for everyone. It helped Calvin, who was a colicky baby. And it helped Lucy and Paige self-soothe as…continue reading →
Life Recipe 05: Getting out the door in winter

Life Recipe 05: Getting out the door in winter

We hope to use the force to get our children dressed and out the door. "This is your jacket. Put on your shoes. And now let's leave." But we're not jedi knights and its rarely that easy. It's more like this: Calvin gets one boot on and suddenly his other boot transforms into a lightsaber. He's a star wars knight fighting off his coat. I'm getting the baby into her tauntaun like full-body bunting. She starts starts wailing because she can't move with it on. I dream of putting my older children in gear…continue reading →
Sharing life recipes for making EveryDay moments more meaningful for the EveryMom.

Sharing life recipes for making EveryDay moments more meaningful for the EveryMom.

Life as a mom is full. We aren't just moms, we're much more like homemakers, nurturers, organizers, wives, colleagues, sisters, and daughters. At the root of all of these roles is who we are as people. We can only be as good for others as we are to ourselves. I want my life as a mom to be fulfilling, not just full. In my first week as a mom, I reflected that being a mom is absolutely the most challenging yet joyful thing I've ever done. That still holds true today, four years…continue reading →
Rise a little earlier to uplift your day

Rise a little earlier to uplift your day

If you are looking for more meaning or energy or just some uninterrupted time for you, set your alarm a little earlier every morning. Even if it's just 15 minutes. Start your day in a different way. The moment the alarm goes off that is the hardest. But you do it once, then twice, and then it becomes a habit and, you won't regret it. It may not be possible every day. Sometimes you need that morning sleep, especially when you have a night of unexpected wake-ups with your little one. But just make…continue reading →
Getting through your child’s meltdown – Five practices to try

Getting through your child’s meltdown – Five practices to try

It can be really hard to stay calm when your child is in the midst of meltdown. Children are high emotion and their fits of frustration and anger can be really strong at times. Just when you think you are doing well, rocking it as a parent, one happens and it can really deplete you. Like everything else in parenting and life, our greatest challenges create our greatest opportunities for growth. Calvin had a meltdown recently when we were out at a new indoor playplace. At the age of four, he can communicate…continue reading →
Conscious Parenting – what is it in five simple steps

Conscious Parenting – what is it in five simple steps

Conscious parenting isn't about 'getting it right' all the time, its about evolving together. I learn as much from my children as they learn from me. Through parenting, I've grown as a person with every challenge and joy it has brought me. Everyday is exhausting as it is exhilarating, as routine as it is remarkable. I’m evolving everyday and developing an inner trust like that of my children—to love and not to fear. Everyday practices in conscious parenting that make me better, so I can be better for my children. Be present. I…continue reading →
You can only find happiness inside – Children can help bring it out

You can only find happiness inside – Children can help bring it out

My 7-month old Paige looks up at the trees and smiles. She happily sits and watches her brother and sister run around the yard or dance or build blocks. When she giggles her whole body feels it and I can't help but smile too. My children continually inspire me to feel more, and to feel better. Children feel so strongly. Their joy is so immense that it's contagious. Their feelings of fear, sadness, and frustration are strong too. But they let us know how they are feeling as best they can and then…continue reading →
Children model our behavior more that we know  – and more than we would like

Children model our behavior more that we know – and more than we would like

I was outside in the yard doing some yoga stretching after my run this morning. I looked up and saw Lucy right up next to the glass of the door. She was mirroring all the yoga stretches I was doing. I raised my hands up to the sky and so did she. It was the sweetest most beautiful thing. But it also got me thinking of how much our children model us. Children learn so much from what they see around them every day. Calvin runs into the room and jumps and Lucy…continue reading →
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