20 Happy Rules for a Peaceful Family

20 Happy Rules for a Peaceful Family

Yesterday my daughter bought a tiny notebook at her school’s book fair. Being a big fan of journals, I asked her what she planned to write in her new journal. She thought for a few minutes while I read. And when I glanced over she writing in one of my purple markers on the cover…

Why Are We So Busy, Anyway?

Why Are We So Busy, Anyway?

I am the least busy person I know. It’s true. My calendar has a lot of blank space. My kids aren’t in any extra activities at the moment. We rarely have more than one social event a weekend. And, we really prefer it that way. Simple and slow is best for me and my creative…

A Rant Against Busyness + A Poem

A Rant Against Busyness + A Poem

This morning, I read poetry to the girls while they waited for their time on the clock to leave for school. We changed some things around in their lives to give them more time in the mornings. In fact, we switched schools and the change gave them an extra hour and a half every morning…

Understanding the Seasons of Motherhood

Understanding the Seasons of Motherhood

The clock on the nightstand says exactly 8:22 p.m. I’m in my pajamas already. We just exchanged our nightly, “Love you to the moon and back, don’t let the bed bugs bite, see you in the morning” handshake (times two). And I happily crawl into bed, faithfully write in my gratitude journal, do some mindful…

Choosing Happiness Over Anger

Choosing Happiness Over Anger

I love happy mama stories. Here’s another real-mama story straight from The Abundant Mama Project. This personal story about choosing happiness over anger by Scottie really makes me smile. Please leave her a comment telling her how great she’s doing. By Scottie Gilligan Our family life was stressed when I first signed up for The Abundant…

How To Be A Present Parent

How To Be A Present Parent

Missed moments. So many missed moments. Doing this. Planning that. Going here. Stressing about that. So. Many. Missed. Moments. What does it mean to be a present parent? I’m in full-blown Abundant Mama mode now as I gear up to lead dozens of women on their own journey to present, playful and peaceful motherhood. I’m…

How To Be a More Energetic Mom

How To Be a More Energetic Mom

This past Sunday, I did something I rarely do. I stayed in my pajamas most of the day. And I took not just one nap, but two. I read nearly 100 pages in a new novel on my e-reader. And I did very little. It was not a funk. It was pure indulging. As someone…

12 Quotes for Happy Mornings

12 Quotes for Happy Mornings

It’s no secret around here that I love mornings. A new day of opportunity. Solitude. Quiet. But it’s not always easy to wake up and start the day with a smile. Early risers. Up-all-night nights. Hot, feverish children laying against us. A bad case of the cranks and everyone’s down in the dumps. So, I…

Nature Bucket List for Unplugged Families

Nature Bucket List for Unplugged Families

One morning recently, we made the wintery trek to the bus stop as we always do. It’s a slow walk because our mornings are usually pretty peaceful. But this morning was different. It felt different. Soon, in the sky, a beautiful owl was flying next to us. It was magical to our really-tired-of-snow eyes. We…

Become Engaged in Your Life: A Mama Story

Become Engaged in Your Life: A Mama Story

Moms all around the world are spreading the word about The Abundant Mama Project. I love that. I can invite you to sign up all day but it’s the real-mom stories that matter most — to me, of course, but also to you. So for the next few weeks, I’m going to share three different…

6 Candid Reasons You’re an Isolated Mom

6 Candid Reasons You’re an Isolated Mom

In my last post, I mentioned my latest secret mission that began in January to help create an awareness of the large number of lonely moms who are raising children. Except really … the mission began long ago. Probably with my first blog post. Long before I had ever thought about writing a book or…

Feeling alone, Mama? You’re not alone.

Feeling alone, Mama? You’re not alone.

I’ve been on a secret mission that only a few of you know about. In early January, I started sending a special, secret email to the mothers who sign up for my email list. The note includes my favorite blog post “You are Not Alone.” And, at the end, I add a little note that says…

10 Reasons to Become an Abundant Mama

10 Reasons to Become an Abundant Mama

Whether you solo parent all week or all year. Whether you feel alone and isolated. Whether you need inspiration to get through the mundane moments of motherhood. There isn’t a mama in this world who hasn’t been through a similar experience. This week, women around the world are beginning to sign up for The Abundant…

Family rhythms to keep the peace flowing

Family rhythms to keep the peace flowing

As we continue our theme on peaceful parenting, this guest post from Mama Bliss Coaching Founder Kathy Stowell. Kathy is a perfect reminder that we need to establish a good flow in our days in order to have more peaceful days. Kathy always has a unique perspective on simplicity and parenting combined together. Enjoy. As…

Anger triggers and how they affect your family

Anger triggers and how they affect your family

As I mentioned in my previous two blog posts on this topic of yelling: There are big reasons you are still yelling at your kids. And there really is only one way to stop yelling at your kids. And all of it comes back to creating systemic change in your family culture. As promised, I’m…

The only way to really stop yelling at your kids

The only way to really stop yelling at your kids

So back to this yelling epidemic that is far from new. The only thing new is that unlike past generations of parents we get to add it to the piles and piles of guilt we have about raising children today. To be honest, I’ve avoided this topic of yelling because it feels trendy and this…

5 reasons you still yell at your kids

5 reasons you still yell at your kids

I know you want to stop yelling. I know you feel guilty. I know you don’t want this to be your parenting legacy. Everywhere you look there are groups, websites, blog posts telling you that you should stop yelling. That you can stop. Except you’ve tried everything. And. You. Still. Yell. Maybe it’s a once-and-done…

5 radical ways to transform your parenting legacy

5 radical ways to transform your parenting legacy

Since I began blogging — and teaching online courses — one question has driven every single word I’ve written, every single word I’ve uttered and every single idea I’ve passed along to other parents. What do you want your parenting legacy to be? Do you want it to be that you were tied to the…

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