Inspiration: Essays and Articles that Celebrate the Joys of Parenting

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Be Who You Are - Ten Tips for Finding the Real You
Is the essence of who you are covered by all the defenses, insecurities, and adaptations that have accumulated over the years? Robin Rice helps you peel off the layers to reveal what's underneath.

Negative People - 7 Ways to Cope
Whether your child or spouse has an occasional negative day or you deal with a family member, friend or co-worker that is chronically negative, here are 7 things you can do to remain positive in the face of negativity.

Summer Observations on Rest and Guidance
From Jennifer Louden, best-selling author of five books, including the classic The Woman’s Comfort Book and Comfort Secrets for Busy Women.

Inspiring Martin Luther King Quotes
In honor of this country's great spiritual leader, take time today to reflect on these nine quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and allow his vast wisdom to resonate in your own life. 

I Told You So
“We, as parents, have to realize our power that we have in the eyes of our children.” Dr. Erik Fisher on how to encourage your child to engage in the world.

Our Legend of Sleepy Hollow
A tribute to weekend adventures and all things fleeting.

Maslow for Mamas: Slowing Down and Finding Your Pace
"There are those friends in life (if we make time for them) whose very presence slows us down. Just being with them says, 'You can't get it all done. You are already enough just the way you are, so let us set a pace in this life that we can enjoy.'" Here's to being that kind of friend to our children.

Help Wanted: Mother
Classified ads for all you do...

Here’s a sampling of the job postings that would be needed to cover all you do. Maybe it's time to update your resume.

Seeds: An Essay
When I have so much to do, and it all gets overwhelming, I try to think of parenting as just planting seeds, If I plant enough, some of them, somewhere, are bound to stick. It is this thought alone that gets me through, some days…  

Retool Your Parenting
Consider for a moment how the concept of reinventing oneself can be applied to parenting. Here are things to keep in mind as you look to retool your parenting, from authors and parenting experts Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman.

Teaching Children to Manifest a Better World
Help your children embrace the responsibility of creating a better world. Authors Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller tell us how.

How Satisfied Are You With Your Life?
Take this Life Satisfaction Quiz to find out how you can raise your level of satisfaction and attract the things you truly want in your life, from Orly Katz, author of Women, Decode the Law of Attraction.

Reflections on a Simple Life
"No matter what your income, it's infinitely inspiring to slow down and see if you can recognize true abundance and prosperity, not in six and seven figure incomes, but in the physical, mental, and spiritual experience of having plenty: plenty of time and plenty of peace of mind."

Seeing the Everyday
A magazine unlike any you've seen before.

5 Ways to Develop More Patience with Your Children
As moms, we all have a "patience meter," which goes up and down depending on our moods, our various triggers, and whether we forgot to eat breakfast. Here are five tips for being more patient wth your kids, from Lori Radun.

Creating a Balanced Inner World for Our Children
Help your child to love and accept all parts of themselves, so that they may achieve, wholeness, love and a lifelong connection to themselves and the world.
A new article by Sally Sacks, psychotherapist and author of How to Raise the Next President.

20 Simple Ways to Celebrate Life with Children in October
With leaves crunching underfoot and gorgeous colors overhead, October is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Here are more than 20 simple ways you can celebrate the simple life with your children this month.

The River 
"Everything is connected. Everything changes. Pay attention." A poignant meditation for parents, excerpted from Denise Roy's book Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

"There's a Lollipop on Your Bottom" (and Other Terms of Endearment)
"In all of our efforts to prove our own Supermom skills, let's remember that it's sometimes rather endearing when we're not..."

It DOES Get Easier: A Message to Moms with (Very) Young Children
"I suppose I feel compelled to say all of this because when we can see a light at the end of the tunnel, it makes it easier to settle into our days and to enjoy them, just the way they are..."

Revering the Crayon Marks
Recapturing the magic that is motherhood. 

You Gotta Pick Your Battles  
"Once that toddler independence sets in, we as mothers are granted divine permission to let a few things slide..."  By Kimberly Hohman. 

Cheer Yourself Up: 25 Instant Mood Lifters
The blues overtake all of us from time to time. Here are 25 quick ways to pick up your spirits. 

Simple Living
Eliza Bloom on simplifying the simple life.

Finding Your Spirit in the Kitchen Sink  
A reminder that a mother's self-nurturing rarely occurs at a day spa.

Curtains, Pancakes and Broom Hockey: 12 Ways to Build Self Esteem in Kids 
Few things are as rewarding as seeing your child glow from the inside out. And it happens when children have a high self esteem: when they know themselves to be unconditionally accepted, when they feel both loved and lovable, and when they feel a sense of belonging and self worth.  Here are twelve simple activities that have really made a difference in our family. These are the rituals that I find especially important to staying connected and to communicating my love and appreciation for each child. 

Why Do You Love Motherhood? 
We asked, you answered. Read these inspirational stories from Momscape readers, and add your own.

Ordinary is the New Extraordinary
In this time of hyper speed lives where everything is new, better, different, and faster (at a rate that would’ve made our ancestors faint), we have a chance to take a stand for an ordinary life. This life can feed our soul, but in order for it to do so, we have to recognize that everything is not equally important. We must sit with the paradox of being an insignificant grain of sand and yet also knowing how much it matters for us to use our gifts to make a difference, to serve. Here are seven points to consider, from Jennifer Louden. 

Drifting, Rushing, Slipping Time  
An essay for parents of small children, by Susie Cortright. 

Freedom Through Forgiveness  
20 life-changing quotes to read, remember, and share. 

The Love Focus  
A remarkable meditation for those times when you can feel resentment building. By Robert Elias Najem. 

Seeing the Souls of Your Children
Margaret Paul, Ph.D., on how to be a more peaceful parent by connecting with the essence of our children.

The Simplicity of Simplifying
Creating a simpler life can be surprisingly simple. It starts with questioning those things we've taken as truths for so long.

Plenty of Time
Hurrying is antithetical to a pre-schooler's very nature. An essay on revering their pace. 

Filling the Empty Place
"The instant I start feeling tired and sad, it's my cue to do something completely new. To take all that energy that I've been turning in on myself and turn it out into the world..."

Seven Ways to Savor the Season
I've made a few promises to help us prevent a sense of entitlement while helping us savor and instill the true spirit of the season. Perhaps it will help you, too.

Joy in Action: How to feel better about almost anything 
Discover joy in action. Embody joy in action. 

Holiday Stress Management: Four Tips for Moms
Decking the halls and spreading good cheer takes a lot of energy, and no one knows that like a mom. Here are some tips to make sure you enjoy every last fa-la-la.

Dancing in the Aisles
"One of the greatest gifts of motherhood is the reminder not to take life so seriously..."

The Smallest Things Mean Everything 
An important reminder from WomanLink's Catie Gosselin.

Ten Simple Ways to Honor Your Uniqueness
Shine a little love and light - on yourself. 

In Praise of Black Sheep
Special encouragement for parents of strong-willed kids (and aren't they all, sometimes?)

Daddies and Slippery Socks
An essay on enthusiasm. 

Messages from Everywhere
Discover the answers to your prayers...all around you. 

Attention "My child calls me back to the present moment. He can be a strict teacher who points out all my weak points and shows me the art of being in the here and now—the most important art of all." An excerpt from Piero Ferrucci's charming new book, What Our Children Teach Us: Lessons in Joy, Love, and Awareness

How to Stay Calm Tips for keeping your emotions in check. 

Reclaim Your Power The secret to sanity during early motherhood. 

Forcing the Issue "Burning the candle at both ends seems to have taken the place of living meaningfully..." Catie Gosselin on regaining a sense of joy and wonder in daily life. 

Getting by with a little help from our friends... "Some days, by 10 a.m., the girls and I have done two loads of clothes, seven diaper changes, and two baths. We have fingerpainted, made playdough pizzas, read eleven books and played six rounds of Hide and Seek. And by this time in the middle of the morning, I'm already wondering how I'm going to fill the remaining eight hours of my husband's workday..."

Expecting Miracles Catie Gosselin on surrendering control and developing trust. 

A Week of Surprises "My girls are my inspiration. They are the elements of life that make me understand, once and for all, why I'm here. They make every morning Christmas, awaiting all of the surprises that are gift-wrapped in their little souls. Now we revel in unwrapping them one by one..." Welcome to the world, Calliope Joy! 

Transforming Shadow Comforts "The key to taking care of ourselves in healthy ways is not willpower but the ability to listen and trust ourselves." Jennifer Louden, author of The
Comfort Queen's Guide to Life, tells us how to transform our shadow comforts into healthy comforts. 

Dalai Lama's Millennium Practice A simple routine to increase the love and compassion in the world. 

Susanna Grace

This March, we commemorate Women's History Month with empowering biographies of three women who overcame extraordinary odds to realize their dreams...
Belva A. Lockwood - famed for opening the legal profession to women. 

Louisa May Alcott - a moral guardian to young girls the world over. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe - mom, social reformer, and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.  

Heartburn and Heartache: A Tribute to Mothers Here's to all of you who inspire yourselves each day to be the best mom you can be in spite of your own wishes and wants and motivations...

Rethinking Romance This Valentine's Day, let your man off the hook...

A Simple Joy Some days, a blanket and a pile of books is all I really need. Here, Susie pays homage to the written word and introduces Momscape's new book section. 

The Inertia of Winter "Like packing away holiday trappings, getting rid of emotional 'stuff,' unhealthy habits, etc., can bring about a feeling of lightness; the perfect solution to winter doldrums..." 

Make the Right Sacrifice "There's nothing wrong with making sacrifices, but, if we're going to be giving up everything, we had better be sure that we've chosen the right cause..."

All I Want for Christmas...Parents, You May Be Surprised Columnist Linda Sharp asks kids what one thing they would like this season that doesn't cost a dime. The result? A must-read for every mom. 

Making a Difference this Holiday Season Ideas and links to help you get involved. 

Embracing the Everyday Elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary everyday. It's up to you! 

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude Gratitude keeps us centered and wards off jealousy and negativity. Learn about the little things we can do each day to nourish a sense of gratitude - in ourselves and in others. 

Momscape's Guide to a Stress-Less Holiday Season Let the stress of the season melt away. Here's how...

How Moms Can Change the World Who better to change the world than a mother, with her instinctive capacity for compassion, empathy, and unconditional love? Here are a few ways - large and small - that we moms can make a difference in our world.

Tending the Fire Within T.W. Winslow on the importance of self-care. 

Postures of Motherhood "For moms, self-discipline is not just about sticking with something until it's done. It is the ability to stick with something, then pry yourself away. To stick again briefly, then release. It is about knowing when to hang in there, and when to surrender..."

Just One of Those Weeks Advice on staying sane in the midst of chaos. From Dr. Dorree Lynn

A Sacred Stillness There's nothing better than - once in a while - reflecting on the wonder of it all... 

Information Overload Is there such a thing as knowing too much? 

All at Once "These are the moments in which you understand, all at once, that nothing - not a single thing - is more important than your job as a mother to your children, born or unborn..."

One Very Special Project A magical moment in the everyday. 

Cherish the Wood Chips
"I glanced at my watch, if we hurried we could be back in thirty-minutes, enough time to satiate your needs for the outside world without interfering with my needs on the inside world." An essay by Brook Noel.

Back to You Sit still for a moment and let your body (and soul) talk. 

Time is Flying By Jenny Wanderscheid from shares her secret for making every minute count. 

Cereal Mom One WAHM comes to terms with her priorities...while trying to keep those soggy Cheerios off of her business projects.

Mommy Always Comes Last, Until Pain is Involved, That is...
"What is it about parents, especially mothers? We always place our needs and wants at the bottom of the totem pole. Heck, I think mine are actually under the dirt in which the totem pole is buried..." The latest from humor columnist Linda Sharp. 

The Road Not Taken "She is the me I would have been had I not had kids. She is OtherMe... For the rest of the day I wonder about her. As I am drinking my Folgers and reading Dear Abby I imagine OtherMe sipping a cappuccino and consulting her day planner. She prepares a budget report, I clip coupons..." One mom comes to terms with the choices she has made. By Traci Vujicich.

Where the Wild Things Are "I thought many women were more-or-less united on the idea that giant animals are scary. Not true. Y’all are brave..."

In Praise of Daddy "You may not have the physical stretchmarks of childbearing, but you have the emotional stretchmarks of childrearing. And as you continue to give and receive the incredible gift of the Father/Child bond each day, know that you are every bit as important and vital and acknowledged in your children's lives, as are the ladies who gave them that life to begin with..." A heartwarming tribute, by Linda Sharp. 

Celebrating Fathers "This Father’s Day, let us remember the father’s role. Let us actively engage him in this day-to-day process of parenting. Let us stand back so he can take charge and do things his way once in a while. Let us see his parenting style as a complement - and not an opposition - to our own..."

Wishing You a Peach of a Summer "Whether it’s your backpack or your to-do list that needs paring down, let us savor this season, presented to us now like a summer peach to a child. Enjoy its fullness and its flavor, for it will be out of season in no time..."

A Delicate Balance It’s interesting to see what happens when we fail to fill even one of our roles in a day.

Moon Over Miami...ZZZzzzz "This was Miami, home of Latin rhythms, spicy food, Ricky Martin. We lay back on our bed to discuss nightlife and woke up two hours later. We needed to get moving. We moved several feet towards the pillows and promptly fell back asleep again..." Humor columnist Linda M. Sharp tells us about her week-long getaway. 

Just for Today Some of the most enchanting days in a child's life are created through conscious effort. A tribute to mothers everywhere. 

Body Talk When we move our health and happiness to the forefront of our focus, our spirits soar, and we create footsteps we want our children to follow.

It's in the Details... Tips and inspiration for creating quality family photos. 

Overcoming Our Feline Instincts "As women, we are bound by so many common experiences that it would seem logical to draw support and encouragement from each other.  Unfortunately, we live in a society that fosters divisiveness and contention among gender equals..."
An article on celebrating our spiritual sisterhood. By Kimberly Hohman.  

Silence is Golden We all need a few quiet moments to reflect, think, contemplate, pray, or just stare into space.  

A Balanced Diet I remember fondly the days when lifestyle changes were simple. You decided to change and that was that. Now that we have families, there are conscientious objectors.

Enjoy Your Time Trade your frenzied pace for one of serenity, peace, and pure productivity. 

Inspiration for Organization "'Tis the season for spring cleaning, which I suppose is the reason I keep hearing this quote:  'The organization of your home reflects the organization of your mind.' Hmm. Not sure I buy that. If it is true, I’m kind of a mess--inside and out..."

A Mother's Epiphany "I would like us all to remind one another how much our babies need us—no matter how tall they have grown. So during those inevitable days they spend attached to your left leg, or drawing on the wallpaper, or spending time in the principal’s office, we will reflect on the day of their birth, when two new spirits entered the world: a child and a mother."

Wash and Wear Let us remember what the wash and wear wardrobe stands for. Let us embrace it as a symbol of a mother who would readily surrender those white wool trousers for more time and memories with her kids.

12 Simple Pleasures You Can Enjoy in April
The simplest pleasures are sometimes the sweetest. Here are a series of affordable pleasures to help you slow down and taste the sweetness of the simple life. 

A Zone of Your Own "Present moment awareness--the bliss of finding joy in work and play--is something I experience occasionally, perhaps when I’m on a roll with a project or on the last few pages of a juicy paperback. Even sometimes when I have my hands in sudsy dishwater. It can come anytime, under one condition: Everyone else has to be asleep..."

Serenity Now! When I think about the energy I waste acting all frantic and panicky, it makes me...well, frantic and panicky. Here are six tips to keep us all from pushing the panic button. 

Falling BACK in Love with Your Spouse Internationally published humorist Linda Sharp shows us there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Déjà vu Lately, I have been experiencing a lot of that--the icy feeling that I have done this all before. That's when I realized it's because I have done this all before. Yesterday. And the day before...

Choose Wisely The company we keep both reflects--and helps determine--the kind of people we become.

Whack Back Do you ever feel like a Whack-a-Mole? Sometimes it feels like I just get my head out of the ground from one crisis when I get popped with another one...

The Hub of the Wheel
Keep your family rolling...

Full Circle: The Evolution of Mother-Child Relationships  How have your relationships changed since you had children? Here, we examine these relationships...and applaud the mothers who taught us how to do the most important job in the world. 

Why a Mother's Happiness Matters 
Studies show that happiness creates higher incomes, stronger relationships, more friends, greater self-confidence, better physical health and a longer life. That sounds like what we want for our children. But where do they learn how to be happy? From us. Our children model our behavior. Being happy is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.

Applause for Stay-at-Home Moms  We have seen a lot of articles applauding mothers who go to work each day. Rarely do we see an article that celebrates those who stay-at-home. Here are just a few of the reminders of the fact that your selflessness and sacrifices make a difference.

Journaling: A Tool for the Spirit The fountain of personal wisdom may be as close as your nearest pen. That’s because the single most essential instrument for nurturing your spirit is a personal journal. Learn how to make your spirit soar...through words. 

"Thank You": Grace and Gratitude in the Everyday  The extraordinary power of two simple words. 

Towards Compassion: Understanding the Pressures on your husband We hear a lot about Supermom. Now let's hear it for Superdad.

Summertime Soul Snacks Nurture your spirit and savor the summertime with these warm weather pampering tips. 

Holiday Soul Snacks Soul Snacks are spontaneous time-outs: creative ways you can nurture your spirit in 15 minutes or less. Here's a week's worth, specially designed
to help you balance the busy-ness this holiday season.

Thanksgiving Traditions: Nine Ideas for Families
Ideas for starting new family traditions – and for revering the old ones.

Simple Indulgences for Autumn
During this hectic time of year, it’s vital to take some time each day to simply enjoy your life and your family. Here are a week’s worth of ideas, especially for autumn.

The Art of Rest
Why is genuine rest so elusive?  Bestselling author Jennifer Louden sheds some light in a beautiful new article.

Celebrating Life with Children in September
Ten simple pleasures you can enjoy with your children this month. 

Simple Indulgences for September
As the kids go back to school, you can go back to you...your schedule, your friends, your goals. Here are ten simple indulgences to celebrate this season. 

Delight the Senses
Author Sue Augustine helps us to slow down and celebrate life with the help of our five senses. 

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Children In her last 25 years of working with people in her therapy practice and as a parent educator, Stephanie Marston has discovered one single most important fact that determines whether children grow up to be happy and successful...

Seven Soul-Nurturing Suggestions for Busy Women 
Important ideas from Cheryl Lynn Simpson.

I Am Well If You Are Well
Author Denise Roy on staying connected, open, receptive, and rooted. Excerpted from her wonderful book, My Monastery is a Minivan.

Simple Living in a Materialistic World
Mark Brandenburg on what really matters in a family. 

Consulting Your Soul Simple practices for receiving guidance and making your life work at a higher level. By Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Ten Reasons to Tell Your Kids Stories Inspiration for using this magical tool to share your values with your kids. 

Supporting Your Child's Personality  "Giving your child room to become the flower that was intended," by Jackie Woods. 

My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!  Mark Brandenburg shares advice on three universal problems of parenthood. 

How to Do Hard Things A wonderfully helpful article that can motivate you to do just about anything. By Suzanne Falter-Barns.

Top Ten Ways to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids A high IQ is nice, but a high "EQ" is better. Make these ten ideas daily habits and give your kids the best chance to be happy, productive, and responsible adults.

Top 50 Mom Quotations
50 inspiring and truthful quotations about your mother and about being a mom yourself. Perfect for scrapbooking, cardmaking - or simple reflection.

Family Traditions for Easter
Celebrate this season of renewal, abundance and love with some new family traditions. Here are seven ideas.

11 Fun Easter Activities for Kids
Easy, fun, and affordable family activities for Eastertime.

Christmas Traditions: 25 Meaningful Ideas for Families
The holidays are a time to revel in the gratitude and love we feel for one another. Here are 25 meaningful ways to celebrate your togetherness this season.

Christmas Traditions: 25 Meaningful Ideas for Families
The holidays are a time to revel in the gratitude and love we feel for one another. Here are 25 meaningful ways to celebrate your togetherness this season.

Holiday Stress Management
Decking the halls and spreading good cheer takes a lot of energy. Here are some tips to make sure you enjoy every last fa-la-la.

Holiday Shopping Tips
I confess that holiday shopping once felt like an enormous, energy-draining chore, and it was one that I dreaded all year long. Now I have found a way to really enjoy it. Here are some tips to help you take pleasure in it, too. 

Christmas Gifts for Neighbors
The more holiday cheer we can spread, the better, especially in our own neighborhoods. Here are some ideas for simple, sweet, inexpensive gifts that are just right.

The Short List: Some Thoughts on Time
Is there a subject more charged than that of time, especially among parents? It's the source of many of our conversations ("How are you?" "Busy!") and much of our guilt. Here are some thoughts on taming our own perception of time.

Shelby Murphy's columns: 
Silence is Golden, and So is a Child's Chatter "It's ironic how much we adults crave silence, until we get it and realize the cost..."

Creative Rainbow Mother
Shelby Murphy on Earth Mothers...and those of us from other planets. A must read! 

Life is Practice
"La vida verdadera es la practica -- life is practice. Common knowledge to the average four-year-old. It's too bad we adults speak a different language." Read this and get in the game... 

Zen and the Art of Folding Laundry
"Somewhere in the years of Cold Wash with Like Colors Only and Tumble Dry Low I changed. My monkey mind calmed to meet the slower pace of my life with small children. I stopped behaving like a hyperactive adolescent, always trying to numb the pain of self-induced boredom with stimulation, and started finding joy in the ordinary."

Reclaiming the Shelter of Each Other