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10 Secrets to Raising Happy, Successful Kids Who Will Become Happy, Successful Adults

10 secrets to raising happy, successful kids - Children need love and affection, but what else? This positive article lists 10 tips, habits, and ideas and awesome quotes for moms and dads raising boys and girls.

  I see you, mama. You are working so hard to make sure your kids have a good life, free of the challenges and disappointments you faced when you were a kid. You wake up early, you work hard at home, you work long hours at the office, and then you come home to work longer hours at home. You want to protect your babies from the hardships and heartaches you experienced. You want them to be happy and successful, and you go out of your way every single day to make that their future. I’ve spent a lot of … Read more

25 Simple & Easy Habits to Make You a Happy Mom Even When Life is Hard

While this has not always been the case, I am a genuinely happy person these days. My life is stressful, don’t get me wrong: I worry daily about whether I’m doing a good enough job for my husband and children. I am battling a raging food addiction and trying unsuccessfully to work the steps in a 12-step program. My house is an embarrassing mess, and I am overcommitted. But at the end of the day, I am content with the way things are and don’t generally feel bitter or angry or resentful. I have great joy in Jesus and in … Read more

100 Things I Enjoy, 91-100

Read more of the 100 Things I Enjoy. What do you enjoy? If you’re thinking about making a list of your own, do! Please come back and share your post in the comments. 91. Eating ice cream. I think my being overweight might have something to do with my love of eating good food. Maybe. I found a really cheap brand of really good vanilla ice cream, and I love to eat it. A little too much, I think. 92. Shopping! We had to go to the mall today. Yesterday, Joe ran over something that pierced one of the front … Read more

100 Things I Enjoy, 81-90

Read more of the 100 Things I Enjoy. What do you enjoy? If you’re thinking about making a list of your own, do! Please come back and share your post in the comments. 81. Listening to Joe and my girls laugh and play together. As I write, I can hear the three of them laughing and carrying on upstairs. He says, in a pretend stern voice, “I am not a jungle gym!” and Grace giggles and he hoots and Allie laughs her silly baby laugh, and I just sit back and listen to a sound that tickles my soul. 82. … Read more

100 Things I Enjoy, 71-80

Read more of the 100 Things I Enjoy. What do you enjoy? If you’re thinking about making a list of your own, do! Please come back and share your post in the comments. 71. Going to my moms’ group. Once upon a time, I was a moms’ group dropout. I didn’t fit in, and I felt like I could never fit in. I’m a whole different person than I was back then, and I’m a whole different mom. I adore the girls in my weekly moms’ group. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. 72. Hugging a friend in need. … Read more

So Happy

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Last night, Grace and I went to the library for a rare evening trip while Allie and Joe stayed home to make dinner. We found a comfy spot on the floor in the back corner of the children’s room, and we read book after book aloud together. We peeked behind flaps; we giggled at pictures. We languished over pages that we’d normally scan to appease Allie’s short attention span. We spent two hours in that comfy spot, poring over Richard Scarry and The Great Pig Escape and many more. While we read, an old friend came into the children’s room. … Read more