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Quit Bullying Yourself, Mom!

“You’re a terrible mother.” “You suck at this.” “Well, you screwed up again.” “Everyone else has it together. Why don’t you?” Would you say these words to your friends? To your kids? Of course not. You...

How to Keep From Reaching Your Breaking Point

There’s a scene in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery featuring the comedic spy (played by Mike Meyers) trying to escape the bad guys by driving away on a steamroller. A security guard yells for him to stop, but Powers keeps coming, motioning...

6 Simple Steps to Being More Mindful

Mindfulness is a major buzzword these days, representing a state of living in the moment that many of us aspire to even as we berate ourselves for spacing out, forgetting something, or wasting time on our phones. We tend to think of mindfulness as a difficult pursuit...

Managing the Back-to-School Madness

My daughters start first grade and kindergarten this year. My Facebook feed is filled with smiling children holding up signs stating the date and their upcoming grade. Every store I enter is filled with back-to-school displays. And every parenting magazine makes it...

How I Learned to Get the Most Out of Me Time

Before I had kids, I just didn’t think about self-care very often. I didn’t have to: When I wasn’t at work, my time was my own. If I needed to sleep, exercise, or hang out with my friends or husband, I just did it. That all changed after I became a...