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What is the Best Work Schedule with a Family?

Have you ever wondered, “What kind of work schedule can I have that allows me to enjoy a career and still be around as much as I want for my kids?” If you’re here, I’d wager you likely have. Many times. It’s no secret that I don’t love working 40 hour weeks. Even before kids I thought that was lame. I have a lot of other things I’d like to spend my time on. However, I think we grow up and go…

Preparing for a Third Baby as a Working Mom

I still can’t believe I’m having a third baby! Life was so crazy after my second that I wasn’t sure it was in the cards to have a third baby as a working mom. We are so excited though, and it is so fun to have a little bit older kids this time who are thrilled! My 3 year old frequently reminds me that she’s not changing any diapers and my 5 year old tells me daily, “Mama, your belly is getting…

The Parent’s Dilemma: Work or Stay at Home?

Confession: I’ve had two kids, two maternity leaves, I love my career, and if we were to have another kid…I’d still question whether I should work or stay at home with little kids for a while. And I’m not ashamed to say that. I don’t think we’re “all career” or “all mom.” We’re both. We have to be both. Do any of us love our careers more than our kids? I doubt it. Is loving our kids the only factor in whether…

My 2020 Book List

Time for the annual book list recap! Even though it wasn’t nearly as much as I hoped for, 2020 was a great year of reading for me! Even more important than the quantity of reading was the quality and what I’ve learned from the books. So here’s my list of what I read in 2020 and a little bit of what I thought. You can also look back at the books I read in 2019, 2018, and what I had originally wanted…

Raising Kind Kids

“So I say to myself, remember this, ‘Kindness begins with me!’” Anybody else learn that song growing up? That is one of the Sunday School songs that has always stuck with me and will still get stuck in my head randomly. Especially when I’m not feeling super kind feelings toward someone… But ultimately, it’s true. Kindness really does begin with us as individuals. It’s part of who we are and is also something we can continually develop as we surround ourselves with…

Kindness Activities to do with Your Daughter

What comes to mind when you think of strength? Do you imagine feats of physical strength and bulging muscles? Maybe perseverance through adversity? Perhaps one of those stories of a mother lifting up a way-too-heavy object to save her pinned kid? (PS my sister-in-law has done that, so that actually does come to my mind) Do you think of kindness? Kindness has several parts of its definition, but my favorite is that a kind person demonstrates considerate behavior. They show an awareness…

How to Teach your Daughter Self-Care

How many times have you been told that self-care is essential for your well-being? A lot. Probably a million times just in 2020! Now how many times have you talked to your daughter about self-care? Probably less. It’s pretty easy to neglect that, because…aren’t kids naturally pretty self-centered? Isn’t everything we do because they asked us to do something for them? They are the sun to our Copernicus, right? But childhood mental, behavioral, and mood disorders are on the rise in the…

7 Ways My Life is Better After a Year of Therapy

Do you guys remember how last summer I was a giant ball of anxiety and decided to stop going to school and go to therapy instead? GOOD TIMES. I’ve been reflecting on the last year of my life and how good therapy has been for me. It was a little slow at the beginning due to my therapist’s maternity leave, but it has been pretty consistent since then. We usually meet every week or every other week depending on scheduling. I specifically…

Saving the Planet: Books, toys, & websites to encourage your daughter’s environmentalism

“Smoke, you leave the air alone!”  My daughter yelled that as we passed the old Geneva Steel mill. It’s actually water vapor that comes out of it, but she saw it as smoke. And she hated it. She was three. Part of that may be because the previous two summers were bad fire years with lots of smoke that got us all sick, especially her. For about a year she would point out smoke in the air and get mad at it. …

16 Environmental Activities to do with your Daughter

Think back to some of your favorite childhood memories with friends. What was going on? For me, I remember riding bikes to Shepherd pool to swim all day, playing street hockey/basketball/baseball/etc. with all the neighbor kids, sleepovers on the trampoline, ski trips to Utah, and playing with cattle bones we’d find in the woods while camping. Many of my best memories were outside.  In college, I moved from Arizona to Utah and discovered super accessible hiking, campouts in sand dunes, and being…

Let Them See: Share your Covid childcare experience

“I know you don’t feel like doing all of this, the nursing and taking care of your baby here, is professional, but I think it’s good for the students to see it. They need to get used to seeing it. And to see mothers balancing all of these aspects of their lives.” That is some of the best encouragement I’ve ever received regarding my career. The Associate Dean in the Gonzaga School of Business told me this after finishing a meeting where…

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