The best features of a family schedule

The school year schedule. My favorite family schedule is the school year schedule. It begins with meet the teacher, then back to school night where you get a feel for their classroom and sit in those precious little desks. Next is the fall festival or Halloween carnival. There are costumes to order and decorations to…

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Three sure signs of serious mom burnout

My mom burnout remembrance. I was reading an article about mom burnout for those of us who are at the end of our rope with a certain child or adolescent. This can happen if you have a difficult child, or a challenged child, or a child with a physical disability, or one with a challenging…

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“Soft Skills” are an effective mother’s tools for living

Recently, I read a businessman’s update on critical skills that employers are searching for. The skills that may not be listed on your resume. These “soft skills” – he called them – that are currently desirable in business include: Scheduling Time management Communication Customer service Flexibility Ability to work independently Project management Analytical thinking I…

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Any plan to have long term marriage stability?

Our marriage predicament: My husband and I have been going through a rough patch, and it made me wonder about the emotional stability of our marriage. There was an attic fire in our home last November. It began in the chimney shaft upstairs and spread to the attic, sending smoke and soot throughout the whole…

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Working Moms Feel Burnout

Working moms today desperately need reassurance & support. Most working mothers today feel burnout, at least some of the time, & the numbers of moms who feel some symptoms of burnout are increasing. These moms are irritable, angry, & exhausted. Working Moms Feel Burnout: Home Life Factors Home life factors for working mother burnout: Most…

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11 Solutions for Overcoming Burnout in Working Mothers

Here are some solutions for burnout in working mothers. They are not simple, but they work! Solutions for burnout: First, create some space – some free time for yourself. This needs be a real break from work, a pause of at least two weeks (& some may need up to 6 months) to think over…

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Understanding Your Mom Stress

Understanding what causes your mom stress is crucial to your being able to manage it. Time on social media contributes to our feelings of stress. Most of us mothers are feeling short on time. Whether it’s insufficient time to get the laundry done, not enough time to play with the kids, too little time to…

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Postpartum Depression & Major Life Events

Setting: When I turned forty, I tumbled slowly into the deep hole that is depression. While caring for a six-month-old infant, two older kids, and starting a new job, I was busy (some days nearly frantic). I had always been full of energy and drive, able to handle anything that my NICU practice or my…

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A Good Mentor is Easy to Find.

What is a good mentor? Is there someone in your workplace with good leadership and communication skills, someone you see as a potential advisor, who is older than you by five, ten, or even fifteen years? Is there someone who you admire with experience to share? Finding a mentor connects you with a person more…

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Seven ways to avoid being a helicopter parent

If you want to be a solidly practical, good parent, and not an overly protective helicopter parent, you might consider following these rules: 1. Do not do their homework for them. I never did homework for my kids, but I did help my child with dyslexia & ADHD learn to spell words. Once I helped…

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