How to Find Your Mom Tribe

The following post was written by Guest Contributor Crystal Harris.

Let’s be honest for a minute – mom life can be hard! Sometimes it can feel like nothing more than paying bills, making meals and herding children from one place to the next.

To help us get through all the ups and downs of mom life it’s so important that we have a “mom tribe” – a group of friends we can call on for support as we raise our tiny humans.

At 3am a Facebook group may not be as helpful or supportive as you need it to be. We need real connections with people in our everyday lives who can be there for us when things get tough.

With that in mind, here are my three tips to help you make and nurture friendships with other moms as you build your tribe.  Continue reading “How to Find Your Mom Tribe”

An Open Letter to Dads on Mother’s Day

Dear Dads,

Are you ready? Mother’s Day is just around the corner (you’re welcome for the reminder!)

My hope is that you noticed it on the calendar weeks ago and have been plotting tirelessly to make it an extra special day for the well-deserving mamas in your lives.

But just in case the dog ate your calendar and somehow the holiday is catching you unawares, I want you to know that I’ve got your back.

I’m going to let you in on a few little secrets that I hope will help you see the mother of your children in a new light and plan a truly spectacular day for her to enjoy this Mother’s Day.  Continue reading “An Open Letter to Dads on Mother’s Day”

Raising Mindful Consumers in a World of Excess

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good I can do.” – Jana Stanfield

As parents, we have a huge responsibility to lead the way in teaching our children how to live well, in a way that promotes compassion and community.

From the moment our babies come into this world they begin looking to us to set a framework of expectations for life and the world around them.

Over the years, as technology and convenience have evolved, our culture has become significantly more preoccupied with “stuff”….and our kids are no exception!

Why Teaching Mindful Consumption is Important

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Leading by Example: Teaching Our Kids to Borrow & Share

We’ve all seen (and probably experienced!) it before: screaming fits and tantrums thrown by unhappy children who have just been asked to share their beloved toys.

Bickering back and forth between siblings over whose turn it is to choose a show.

Crocodile tears spilled over having to return greatly-loved books back to the library.

Learning the concepts of borrowing and sharing isn’t always easy or fun for children and their parents, but it’s a necessary step in a child’s development.

When it comes to teaching kids to borrow and share with good attitudes, it’s important for parents to start early and understand that the most powerful place to start is leading by example.

As our kids grow and develop they are looking to us to for guidance, and our words and behaviors are what will shape the standards of expectation they have for themselves and others.

When they see us setting a strong example of sharing, caring and helping within our communities the likelihood that they will follow in our footsteps is so much greater! Continue reading “Leading by Example: Teaching Our Kids to Borrow & Share”