TURNING THINGS AROUND WITH THE BRAVE ART OF MOTHERHOOD

2019-03-28T12:47:43-04:00

Photo by ketan rajput on Unsplash By Stephanie Freybler When I picked up The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin, all I knew was that it was a self-help book written by a writer I adored. Even so, I have to admit that I was hesitant to begin reading. I often have a hard time getting through self-help books, even when I enjoy the content. I usually end up putting the book down part-way through and never pick it up again. After a few days, I forget that I even started the book. While I was optimistic to start, I didn’t think [...]

TURNING THINGS AROUND WITH THE BRAVE ART OF MOTHERHOOD2019-03-28T12:47:43-04:00

HOW TO RAISE KIND, GRATEFUL & NOT ENTITLED KIDS

2018-10-26T01:20:46-04:00

by Randi Rubenstein Adapted from randirubenstein.com We want our kids to appreciate all we do for them. We want them to grow up feeling grateful for all the opportunities they have been given. Like getting a great education and living in a nice house. We not only meet their basic needs, we exceed their expectations on the daily. You are a parent that over-delivers in pretty much every way when it comes to your kiddos. You prioritize your role as mom or dad above all else in your life. Your end game involves raising good people. You want your kids to [...]

HOW TO RAISE KIND, GRATEFUL & NOT ENTITLED KIDS2018-10-26T01:20:46-04:00

Magical Halloween Memories

2018-09-30T20:00:14-04:00

By: Randi Rubenstein It was November 1st, 2017. I’m driving my sixth-grade son, Cory, home from school and he says, “Halloween really sucked this year.” Immediately my brain started swirling. I felt my body temperature rise and my heart began racing ever so slightly. This is what happens when you find yourself in a triggered moment. What happens next is usually words, actions and behaviors that you don’t really want to do or say, but nonetheless, you find yourself in The Parent Gap. The Parent Gap is the name of the book I wrote and the term I use to explain [...]

Magical Halloween Memories2018-09-30T20:00:14-04:00

Back to School

2018-08-30T21:39:13-04:00

By Randi Rubenstein Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with back-to-school season. Like you, summer has always been my busiest mama time due to the wide-open days without school. I’m on summer number 20 as a mom. That’s right. Two. Zero. And at this point, I’ve got a pretty good handle on summer structure combined with summer chill time. I’ve learned that it’s truly a balancing act. Unfortunately, it took many summers to figure out the ratio that works best for me and my family. There were many summers early on when I over-ambitiously UNDER-planned. I had this dream of care-free [...]

Back to School2018-08-30T21:39:13-04:00

How Time Outside will Help Increase Learning

2018-08-30T23:01:39-04:00

By Virginia Yurich People say that nothing beats a Michigan summer, but it is also true that nothing beats a Michigan fall. As beach time and camping slip into hoodies and apple orchards, we physically feel the change of the seasons in Michigan. With the purchase of new backpacks and colored pencils, there is anticipation for change and new experiences. The start of a school year is such an exciting time that we can easily forget that there are many things that contribute to learning beyond pen and pencil. There is more and more research confirming that the brain and the body are intricately related, and that movement can actually increase the capacity of the brain. As we slide into the routines [...]

How Time Outside will Help Increase Learning2018-08-30T23:01:39-04:00

Bring Order to Your Home by Letting Go of Perfection

2018-07-23T20:19:05-04:00

By: Randi Rubenstein Q: “I was total scary mommy this morning. I had a fit about Henry getting chocolate breakfast bar on the couch. Like a total Mommy Meltdown! I know I’m focused on the wrong thing. I’m choosing neatness over what’s really important...people. I feel super guilty after these meltdowns. How do I realistically maintain order and also begin letting some things go?” A: There is a sweet spot for moms when it comes to taking pride in your home without driving your family crazy. The need to maintain order and cleanliness in our homes is frequently the catalyst for many [...]

Bring Order to Your Home by Letting Go of Perfection2018-07-23T20:19:05-04:00
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