How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go I swore I would not do it. I was never going to be a foster to dogs. It was too hard, I would never be able to let them go. I would fall in love and end up with 20 dogs in my house. Adopt, yes. And I have. Four dogs live with the girls and I. You know them. Bud, Piper, Jack and Joy. I like to take in dogs who have no one else. The hard cases. The ones that have never known the love of a safe and happy home. Ones I don't have to let go … [Read more...]
Raising daughters is fun, challenging and the most amazing part of my life. As a single mom, my daughters need a strong, reliable roll model. As a mom, I need support, love and understanding. Parenting in general is better with usable parenting tips, parenting advice and a supportive friend along the way. ADayinMotherhood.com aims to be that friend! My posts offer honest and real life struggles and celebrations that surround motherhood!
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Single Motherhood and the Reality of Relationship Jealousy It may surprise some of you to know that I embrace single motherhood with everything I have. I absolutely love it. To me, anyway, it is so much easier than being married was. Not because I did not value the parenting help and opinion of another adult in the house but because, as many of you know, my marriage was not easy. It was a job in itself. Now single coming up on 4 years, I still can not imagine myself in a relationship. That … [Read more...]
She is Growing Up too Fast and I am Terrified I darted straight up in bed, a thin layer of sweat covering my body and blinked a few times to gain my bearings. The house was dark and quiet sans the sounds of my beagle, Piper, snoring. Jack and Joy formed two bumps under the blankets and Bud was softly breathing in the dog bed next to mine. I could not hear the Beagle puppies in the playpen in the next room so I knew they were sleeping peacefully as well. My mind was racing, images from a bad … [Read more...]
Has Social Media Ruined Our Ability to Have a Conversation? Raise your hand if you are on no social media networks. I would guess that the majority of you are on at least one. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest... there are a so many modern sites that are built to help us connect, decorate and cook. I, being the proud owner of a social media management company, ADIM Media, LLC, certainly champion the sites that are supposed to connect us all together. However, I do have some reservations. … [Read more...]
Are my children spoiled? Yea. They are. I can admit it. I can also admit that I would not have it any other way. But wait. What is a spoiled child? Is it a child who is able to explore as many possible interests as possible? Is it a child who has more toys than they need? How about a child who lives in a nicer home and never has to wonder where their next meal will come from? Or is it one that has no respect for their elders. No sense of empathy and no sense of life's values? If … [Read more...]
Judgmental People Suck I suppose you could call it human nature. Passing judgement on others seems to be part of our make-up. It is as if having a differing opinion from someone else gives us the right to automatically look down on them. But there is a fundamental difference in making a judgment in your head versus letting that opinion leave your lips for all to hear. Recently there was an article on mom.me from a woman who had a very clear opinion about parents who let their kids use … [Read more...]
The kids are officially home for the summer, which means life gets a little crazy around here. Running a business from home and taking care of the kids 24/7 often leaves little time for mom's fitness goals. That's why I've put together this resource of some of the best Summer Fitness tips to keep you on track even with the kids under foot. Exercise is important. We all know that. Making room for it in our schedule, however, doesn't always seem to take a priority. We're a busy society, but … [Read more...]
If you follow me on Facebook you know that I had quite the wake-up call a few months ago after some routine blood tests. Inflammation is a BIG DEAL! Especially when you are a single mom of three daughters who you desperately want to be there for. One of the leading causes of inflammation? STRESS. Diet plays a huge part, too. So does genetics and lifestyle. As I prepare to see a cardiologist this week following another set of tests that show that the inflammation has not improved yet, I have to … [Read more...]
Taking your children day hiking can be an amazing experience for them. Your children will be able to explore a new locations, see wild animals, birds, plants and interesting flora that will help them to build their world knowledge. Children learn by interacting with the things around them and by being taught about the things around them. Hiking allows your child to experience both through physical contact and observation. There are many benefits to taking your child day hiking, and it’s … [Read more...]
We may think we'll spend every summer day outside playing in the sun. We'll have activities to do every second, and travel plans finalized. So when we have a day that we find ourselves at home with not much to do, having a list of books to read will keep both grown ups and kids from getting bored. Turn to these 15 books for summer reading pleasure. Books are such a delight and can become your best friend if you let them. They teach our kids the basics of reading, but then branch out to teach … [Read more...]
I wish I were beautiful. How much easier life would be. How many more opportunities I would get. How many more people I would attract. I wish I were beautiful. In the real way. The way strangers judge me. With the clear skin, the flowing, flawless hair and the tiny waist that everyone marvels at. With the smile full of naturally white teeth. The eyes that always look bright and awake. The humble grace that makes me approachable. With the radiance that gets me noticed on … [Read more...]
It happens every year. The posts on Facebook start. "My kid is stressed out by the standardized tests tomorrow!' 'My daughter is crying because she is scared of her standardized tests!' It is horrible that this much pressure is put on kids as young as 8 years old. I have been through it with my daughter, and, this year, have two daughters taking them. My oldest went through the tears and fears and I did not like it one bit, even considering opting out. But I have read and researched and I think … [Read more...]