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The Best of You – A Lesson In Self-Appreciation

It’s daunting to be responsible for our daughters, who hang on our every word and deed. We try to be a good example for her to follow, but we are human, and by definition, imperfect. That’s okay, because perfectionism is not a requirement for being an Awesome Mom. >whew!< That’s ...

Unintentionally Influencing Our Daughters

Our behavior isn’t the only thing our darling daughters imitate. Believe it or not, their self-perception is strongly influenced by our self-perception. We don’t notice them watching us criticize ourselves in the mirror, but that’s how they learn how to look at themselves. The way your daughter feels about herself, ...

Is Life Like the Movies?

Life is like the movies. In the movie “Last Holiday” with Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd, when the main character goes to her Health Maintenance Organization with an ailment that requires surgery, they explain her policy doesn’t cover the necessary procedure. The same thing happened to us when after almost ...

It’s Resuming Resolutions Time!

How about those New Year’s Resolutions, eh? Right about now, they may need some resurrecting. May I suggest you forget about the quick-fix ones? Either convert them to Lifestyle Changes status, or let them go. As for the resolutions you directed toward changing your life, they can still succeed if ...

7 Reasons To Join A Virtual Mom Mastermind Group

How would you like to have your own team of mentors committed to your parenting success? What would you do with a network of awesome moms at your fingertips? It’s that time of year when I open up the virtual Mom Mastermind Groups. For those you new to the model, a ...

When Someone Flips You the Bird

Someone flipped me the bird today. I was mildly surprised because she had inappropriately veered into my lane in order to go around a parked car on her side of the road. Legally, she should have waited for me to pass, thus opening up my lane to her. Apparently me ...

Post Thanksgiving Stupor Disruptor (PTSD)

I’m proud to say I’ve made it this far in my life without ever having cooked a turkey. That’s no simple feat for an American Awesome Mom. However, I did serve up a Thanksgiving spread at my mother’s house so wonderful, it could’ve made the angels sing (objectively speaking, of ...
Tired Teens

Healthy Holiday Recipe Sources

The holiday season is upon us, no doubt. Are you preparing for this November-though-January-marathon? I certainly hope so, because if you are treating the holidays like a sprint, you will burn out quickly. Personally, I vote for making the whole thing as easy and relaxed as possible… but that’s just ...

The Good News About Eye-Rolling

If you have an eye-rolling teen, don't be offended by the gesture. This is why. There is this interesting technique for creating calm from within, where you cast your eyes upward and look at the sky for a few seconds. It’s a self-soother. Picture yourself looking heavenward and saying, "Why ...
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