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5 Skills You Acquire When You’re A Parent

When you first become a parent, it can be hard to feel like you’re winning at this whole thing.  No matter how much you prepare for this role, there will always be curve balls (or pee streams) thrown your way.  There’s no way to be prepared for that first blowout diaper.  It can be easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you’re flailing about in parenthood hoping for the best.  But, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the positive things you gain after becoming a parent.  Most of these skills come about as a necessity, but man they sure are valuable.  Here they are:  Continue reading “5 Skills You Acquire When You’re A Parent”

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How To Deal With Mom Guilt

Mom guilt is a b*tch.  There, I said it.  I don’t know of a single mother that has not experienced mom guilt at some point or another.  It can be consuming and overwhelming.  I can’t even tell you how guilty I felt that I couldn’t breast feed my son past 4 months.  I just couldn’t produce enough milk for him no matter what I did to try to improve that.  I had to supplement with formula since he was a newborn because otherwise he would be underfed.  I can recall more than one instance when I revealed that I supplemented with formula or had gone to formula-only feeding and got the side-eye from someone nearby.  Some people would even start to list the reasons I should’ve kept with it and tried that 6th lactation consultant or that miracle supplement that would produce milk but compromise my health.  On top of that, I was feeling like a failure because I couldn’t sustain my child naturally.  Everything around me seemed to constantly remind me that “breast is best” and it was a very difficult time, to say the least.  Like I said, mom guilt is a b*tch. Continue reading “How To Deal With Mom Guilt”

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How To Avoid the Comparison Trap

Social media has become one of the most prevalent parts of our society.  We are addicted to it.  We have to develop apps to force us to be off of it and actually enjoy our families from time to time.  Social media is a great way to stay connected, but it can also be damaging to your feelings of success in your life.  Have you ever noticed that people’s lives on social media seem so perfect?  Everyone is getting married, having babies, climbing mountains, biking cross-country, running marathons, or starting businesses.  Meanwhile, I’m over here just trying to have a clean house, get my work done, and keep my kid happy and healthy.  It can certainly feel like everyone is living their best life except you. Continue reading “How To Avoid the Comparison Trap”

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3 Ways Becoming A Parent Helped Me Deal With Perfectionism

Perfectionism has its good qualities.  Your work is always done very well.  You have a great attention to detail and you always strive to do your best.  Also, the people-pleasing aspect is great for those around us as we will always drop everything to help them or otherwise make them happy.  If we aren’t careful though, perfectionism can really get in our ways sometimes.  Completing tasks can become a longer process for a perfectionist because they get hung up on the minute details.  Perfectionists also experience “analysis paralysis” when trying to make decisions during projects and often find themselves unable to do so for fear of it not being perfect.  Perfectionism also hinders our enjoyment of the day to day.  We over analyze things and have a difficult time letting things go, even if they do not matter in the long run. Perfectionists also often project their ridiculous expectations of themselves unto others making those around them unable to measure up. As you can imagine, this affects relationships and can leave a perfectionist feeling isolated or misunderstood. Continue reading “3 Ways Becoming A Parent Helped Me Deal With Perfectionism”

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7 Surprising Ways for Parents To Save Money

I’ll admit that this is a bit of a self-serving post. My family is going on a budgetary “diet” and making changes I order to pay off our debt and save up a lovely nest egg.  So, I’ve been doing a TON of research on ways to save money and reduce costs.  We’ve all heard of the traditional ways to save money like changing up your grocery shopping, meal planning, getting rid of cable, or downgrading your vehicle.  While I’m re-evaluating all of those, I also wanted to dig a little deeper and find other creative ways to save money. Continue reading “7 Surprising Ways for Parents To Save Money”

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3 Things to Include In Your Morning Routine

If you’ve delved into any sort of personal development material, you probably already know that most of the influencers in this space stress the importance of your morning routine.  If you want to be successful in your day, your job, your parenting, and your life, shaping a morning routine that supports that is vital.  There are two main ways that people can start their day.  Reactively or proactively. Continue reading “3 Things to Include In Your Morning Routine”

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10 Winter Friendly Family Activities

I grew up in the Midwest.  We had all 4 seasons.  Summer is my favorite, if I’m being real.  However, there’s positive traits and special moments in every season.  I feel like the summer positives are obvious – sunshine, beach parties, flip flops.  Springtime brings a wonderful sense of renewal as if the earth has just woken up from hibernation.  Fall brings beautiful colors and those wonderful days where it’s cold enough for a hoodie but warm enough to skip the jacket.  Then, there’s winter.  Winter is most magical the first few times it snows.  The blanket of white covering everything and bedazzling the leafless trees is my favorite part of snow.  The only problem I have with winter is that it seems to last way too long.  It’s too cold to do a lot outside and, especially where we live, it gets windy sometimes and cold + wind is just the worst combination. Continue reading “10 Winter Friendly Family Activities”