Dumb Things Moms Say Part 3

By: Erin Davis

Words-Have-PowerI was in a room of women once. We were introducing ourselves with by answering the standard openers…”What’s your name?” and “Where do you work?”

“Teacher.”

“Writer.”

“Case Manager.”

Everyone took a turn. Except for one woman who seemed to be trying to melt into the wall. When someone asked her what she did, she timidly said one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard a mom say…

“I’m just a mom.”

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Dumb Things Moms Say Part 2

By: Erin Davis

Words-Have-PowerSometimes we moms say the dumbest things (guilty!). I’m on a mission to cut some of the silly things we say from our collective vocabulary. If you missed my first post in this series, be sure to check it out here.

Remember, I gave two litmus tests straight from God’s Word to help us know what we should (and should not) say.

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Moms Say The Dumbest Things

By: Erin Davis 

Words-Have-PowerRemember that game show Kids Say the Darndest Things? I’d like to propose a sequel…

Mom’s Say The Dumbest Things.

I’ve been paying attention and there are a few momisms that just need to go. As a mom myself I’ve been known to say plenty of dumb things but I’m trying to kick the habit and I hope you’ll join me.

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Lessons Learned by Observing Our Children

By: Julie Paulsen

HeatherPatenaude111313Do you have family stories that are told repeatedly? Stories how Suzie broke both her wrists at the same time, or your all-American family vacation that turned into a nightmare?  And ladies, how many times have you recounted every detail of your birth stories?  We’re women, who bothers counting, it’s the story shared most with girlfriends?  In our house it was the “Story of the Crib Toy.”

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When A Mom Crashes Into the Whitehouse

By: Erin Davis

ID-100137117I can’t stop thinking about Miriam Carey.

You may know her as the woman who crashed her car into the White House a couple of weeks ago. She was killed by D.C. police after leading them on a terrifying chase. Her 18-month-old daughter was strapped in her car seat in the back seat.

Miriam was not a terrorist.

She was a dental hygienist from Connecticut with no known history of violence.

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The Formula Debate

By: Heather Patenaude @heatherarnel 

Similac-FormulaRecently a friend had to add formula to her 9 month olds diet because he wasn’t putting on weight like she had hoped. She shared privately how embarrassed she was to put that can of formula on the convayer belt at the grocery store. Thoughts of pride, mingled with fear of man, “What will people think?” blended.

Another friend chimed in that nursing her 4 month old had become an ordeal and they switched to all bottles, at a conference this new mom received a very insensitive comment from someone who didn’t know the full story!

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Put-ups

By Miriam Walsh

ID-10075285I curled up in my favorite chair, flipped through the pages of my new photography book and began reading. Though I read the same sentence repeatedly, I still had no idea what it was trying to convey because my thoughts were being drowned out by the bickering voices on the other side of the living room.

 

“Why do you have to be so close to me?

“What’s it to you?”

“Just don’t touch me. And quit looking at me.”

“I’m just asking you a simple question.”

“Well, I don’t want to talk. I’m trying to read.”

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Faith-Based Parenting: Rooting Your Child in Love

by Kimberly Wagner

faith based parenting graphic“I love you, Mama!” The seven year old little guy sent out his love message to his mom in the driver’s seat. I glanced to the back and saw his big grin. This was about the third time that day I’d heard his unsolicited shout-out of love. We’d enjoyed several hours of adventure together, his mom, twin sister, and I, and throughout the day I’d witnessed two children very “rooted and grounded in love.”

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The Debate We Must Stop Having

By: Erin Davis

ID-10092736I’m late in getting this post up because I’ve got a five-year old with the flu and a newborn who always wants held. I know for a fact that achieving balance between my work and my kids is an equation that will never add up for me. I know that’s true for many (dare I say all) moms. That’s why I’m putting us all in time out.

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Guilt…or Conviction?

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

image(1)Guilt.  That all too familiar feeling in my gut—wearing on my mind and heart.  As a child of God, I know I have grace and forgiveness and that guilt should not have a hold on me.  “Therefore there is now no condemnation…” (Romans 8:1-2).  I think I know that I can’t and shouldn’t live in guilt, but guilt still comes.  And I’m pretty confident I’m not alone on this one.  So what do we do with it?  What should be our reaction?

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Jesus Had a Momma. So What?

By: Erin Davis

603854bsjmqook0Warning: obvious statement ahead…

Jesus was a man.

He liked to fish. He hung out primarily with other dudes. He had a beard. Despite the slightly feminine pictures of Him that sometimes hang in church hallways, I picture Jesus as a real mans’ man. He was authoritative, rugged, and not too big on touchy feely conversations.

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Lord, Deliver me from my Irritability

stressed-out-momBy Amy Cantilina

One recent morning, the sound of my then 6-year-old virtual twin girls giggling in the back of the car on our way to our weekly occupational therapy (OT) appointment was a welcome reminder of the joy of family, the blessing of two little girls from the same heritage getting to grow up as best friends and sisters forever.  This reminder was much needed after the events earlier that morning.

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Just For Angry Moms

By Erin Davis

ID-10081510I’m an angry mom.

That’s the confession I made several months ago on Focus on the Family. You can hear the audio of me fessing up to my mom anger here.

I’m not proud of my tendency to loose my cool in front of my kids. In fact, I hate how quickly and how often I find myself seething with anger toward them. But even though I hate that side of me, my tendency is to brush it off, justify it, or act like blowing my top is just an occupational hazard of my job as a mom.

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Walking with a Friend through a Miscarriage

By: Heather Patenaude

ID-100137117More than 9 years ago I experienced a miscarriage at 10 weeks with our first baby. Over the years I’ve been able to come along side many friends who deal with this type of loss.

I am always honored to help walk another woman through the devastation of a miscarriage and l want to share some practical ways to support and walk along side a friend who has miscarried.

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