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Life Without a TV

  Note: This article was originally published in 2012, yet has changed to many lives that we felt the need to repost it. We hope you enjoy!   Life without a TV : Our Story Written by Jen Hansard, co-founder of Family Sponge and Simple Green Smoothies It was autumn of 2004 and I had just […]

POSTED BY ON January 3, 2014         |           Comments { 244 }

What’s Your Less Than Perfect Parenting Confession?

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood “The best moms are the ones that don’t have any children yet.” —  Kate Devine Brady I don’t know about any one else, but I remember before having my son, I thought I knew everything there was to know about parenting.  I was, after all, […]

POSTED BY ON September 21, 2013         |           Comments { 20 }

No Sleep For the Weary

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood Insomnia. I’ve never been a good sleeper.  I’m a morning person and night owl, all rolled into one.  But when I became a mom, the insomnia really took over, and I can’t even blame it on motherhood. As a newborn, my son was a great […]

POSTED BY ON August 15, 2013         |           Comments { 5 }

Feeling Protected

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood When our babies are born we hope for perfection.  This includes ten little fingers and ten little toes.  What we don’t account for are the unforeseeable bumps and bruises, illnesses, broken bones, and surgeries that may come throughout their lives.  Some are expected (fevers, colds, […]

POSTED BY ON July 6, 2013         |           Comments { 4 }

It’s a Balancing Act : Your Marriage and Children

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood When I first met my husband, he was in graduate school, and I had unique work schedule, which allowed us to have lazy mornings and mid-morning workouts. We enjoyed camping and hiking on the weekends, picnics at the beach, and day trips up the coast. […]

POSTED BY ON June 11, 2013         |           Comments { 10 }

The Motherhood Sorority

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood “Because there is no one way to be a perfect parent, but there are a million ways to be a great one.”  Kelle Hampton Whether you are a stay-at-home or working mom, being a mother can be one of the most difficult things that you […]

POSTED BY ON May 13, 2013         |           Comments { 5 }

My Father Died – Now What?

“To live and love wholly again, you must mourn. You will not heal unless you allow yourself to openly express your grief… Remember, grief is a process, not an event. Be patient and tolerant with yourself. And never forget that the death of a parent changes your life forever.” ~ Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Written […]

POSTED BY ON April 8, 2013         |           Comments { 39 }

How Whimsy Can Turn Your Day Around

Written by Josh Solar of The Happy Family Movement You know those days when you pick up the kids from school and EVERYONE is grumpy GRUMPY (they’re REALLY grumpy) and you feel like you’re going to lose your mind? Yesterday was one of those days for us. The ride home from school was not pleasant. Yelling, […]

POSTED BY ON April 4, 2013         |           Comments { 12 }

Fun Fridays in an Airstream Trailer

When I stumbled across the Peterson Family blog, I instantly felt inspired and connected. Heck— they purposefully chose to live in a trailer with a kid!  Since then, I have been stalking their blog to see how they live and what they have learned through the experience  Along with detaching themselves from material possessions, they also found more […]

POSTED BY ON March 29, 2013         |           Comments { 27 }

Sticks and Stones : Dealing with Verbal Abuse From Your Child

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood   “Sticks and stones may break my bones But names will never hurt me.”  – Unknown I’d argue that whoever wrote the popular nursery rhyme didn’t have a four year old who called them names.  Not just names, mind you, but straight to the heart […]

POSTED BY ON March 11, 2013         |           Comments { 16 }

Teaching Children to Love

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air (or at least the commercial aspect of it), so I’ve been thinking a lot about love. What is your child’s understanding of love?  Is it about hearts and chocolates?  Or, more about feelings […]

POSTED BY ON February 11, 2013         |           Comments { 11 }
The Solars of the Happy Family Movement on a beach in Caliornia.

Intentional Adventures

Written by contributor Josh Solar of The Happy Family Movement We talk a lot about adventurin’ in our house. Big, grand adventures— like our 5-month trek to Europe happening in late 2014/early 2015. But, sometimes, we get so caught up in trying to adventure HUGE that we miss out on the tiny adventures found wherever/whenever we […]

POSTED BY ON February 4, 2013         |           Comments { 3 }

The Aftermath: Looking for the Answer Within

Written by contributor Arianna Carlson of For the Love of Motherhood Today marks the one-month anniversary of the horrible shooting that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  My heart continues to break, not only for the families of the victims, but also for all the parents, children, teachers and staff at the […]

POSTED BY ON January 14, 2013         |           Comments { 12 }

The Compact: Not Buy Anything New for a Year

Our family has agreed to go another year without buying anything new. We did it in 2010 and it dramatically changed how we lived and what we put value on as a family. It rocked my world, but in an amazing way. It’s fun,  challenging and really makes you look at objects differently. Yet over the […]

POSTED BY ON December 29, 2012         |           Comments { 18 }
Importance of The Family Dinner

The Importance of the Family Dinner

Growing up, dinner was at 6pm and we all were there. No matter how busy our day was, it slowed down when we ate dinner together, talked about our day and filled our bodies with home-cooked food. Fast forward 25 years… 6pm rolls around and you may find us eating in the truck as we […]

POSTED BY ON December 27, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }