Staying Sane as a Stay at Home Mom in the Trenches

How to stay sane as a stay at home mom. The one piece of advice that changed my perspective and helps me stay sane as a stay at home mom. #parentingadvice #stayingathomemomadvice #momadvice

When you’re in the parenting trenches as a stay at home mom, it’s hard to see past what is in front of you.  Survival is moment to moment and toys reign supreme.  Cold coffee and leggings are plentiful while showers and vegetables are scarce.  Emotions also run high here.  Very high. For both the moms and the kids. Frustration and anger can often take over and at night you hold onto the hope that everyone will just hold it together better tomorrow.

Last year, when I was a stay at home mom in the thick of the parenting trenches with a needy newborn, defiant toddler and dependent preschooler, I stumbled into a veteran mom at a wedding.  She was a stay at home mom to four boys, all of whom have long since graduated college and hold respectable jobs.  She smiled at me while I was frantically bouncing my newborn and attempting to take sips of my mostly spilled campaign.  She had that wistful, nostalgic look that veteran moms often have when looking at younger moms. read more

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Self Care Ideas and Tips for Moms

self care ideas

I love those few blissful moments of quiet after I've finished buckling my screaming/flailing/thrashing children into their car seats, and I shut their doors to walk slowly around to the driver's side. The chaos of my life is contained in that mostly soundproof vehicle. My body and mind are all mine on that short but sweet journey to the other side of the car and I almost forget the madness that awaits me inside. I take a deep breath and enjoy the momentary freedom.

Small breaks like these help keep me sane on a daily basis.

But sometimes... they don't. And I need more.

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How to get Your Toddler to Stay in Bed

How to get your toddler to stay in bed

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My middle child was pretty much born saying, “no.” His favorite song is “No” by Meghan Trainor.  Some of his first words were “I not” and he can go from zero to pout in record speed.

I love him to pieces, but man, this kid can push some serious buttons.  He came out with a strong sense of independence and an even stronger desire to establish it loud and clear. read more

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Finding Joy in the Chaos of Motherhood

Joy in Motherhood

I always feel pangs of jealousy and panic as I scroll through the Instagram feeds of other families.

“What a perfect day we had with the kids at the park!”

“What an amazingly awesome week we had as a family at the beach!”

“I can’t believe how perfect of a weekend we had with all our friends and our kids!”

I struggle to say that I have “perfect vacations” let alone “perfect weekends” or “perfect days.” Why and how do all these families seem to accomplish such frequent perfection? What am I missing? What am I doing wrong? Why am I missing out on their joy? read more

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The Best Thing to Say to a New Mom

New Mom Advice

The moment I became a mom, I was bombarded with comments, advice, stories, questions and concerns from anyone and everyone.  I frantically tried to make sense of it all. Was I feeding my baby too much or too little? Because so and so said to do this, but so and so said to that do.  Was I holding him too much or not enough? Because I heard that I needed to do this, but I also heard I should do that.  Sometimes the input was helpful, but it was mostly overwhelming and I often drove myself crazy trying to reconcile everything. read more

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