The Schoolgirl in all of Us

I just want to belong. That’s really what we’ve wanted since elementary school, right? We want to know that someone is waiting for us when we get to the lunchroom – that there is a seat for us and someone is excited to see us when we walk through the door. Despite all of the maturing I thought I had done over the years, I discovered this week that I still have that elementary school girl in me who just wants to belong; two experiences showed me this. I was attending a parent event at my kids’ school. When I ...
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How to be a Curious Leader

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Leadership experts say that curiosity is one of the most important leadership qualities – its right up there with integrity and vision. Showing genuine curiosity about other people is the best way to strengthen relationships, ...
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The Gift of Surrender

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My strategy for finishing a puzzle is a three-pronged approach: I find the corners, build the frame, and fill in the middle until it’s done. My daughter on the other hand has an entirely different ...
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Why Surrender? (When You Want to be in Control!)

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There are precious few times in my life when I have felt like I am in complete control. For me, those were the scariest times in my life. When I have been gripping onto something, ...
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How to Surrender “What Could Have Been” so You Can Enjoy “What Is”

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A few years ago, cancer came into our family’s story and greedily tried to take the life of our 9-year-old daughter through leukemia. And although thankfully our daughter is now in remission, we learned first-hand ...
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The Biggest Question We Barely Ask Ourselves

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I hear moms talking around tables with glasses of wine and cell phones in view, should a spouse or child at home need us while we are away for our few coveted hours, about what ...
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The Joy of Dinnertime (It’s Possible)

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photo credit: Tiffany King I love to cook, and for the past 10 years I’ve cultivated a business by writing recipes and meal plans for busy families like mine. Recently, I found myself in the ...
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The Schoolgirl in all of Us

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I just want to belong. That’s really what we’ve wanted since elementary school, right? We want to know that someone is waiting for us when we get to the lunchroom – that there is a
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How to be a Curious Leader

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Leadership experts say that curiosity is one of the most important leadership qualities – its right up there with integrity and vision. Showing genuine curiosity about other people is the best way to strengthen relationships, ...
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It’s Coming …

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Join Us for the First-Ever MOMcon Online! MOMcon is the best conference built for moms, and this is your chance to experience this extraordinary event online. For the first-time ever, MOMcon Online will be available for ...
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Scales and Arpeggios

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Growing up, I took several years of piano lessons and my least favorite part was practicing my scales. It seemed so tedious. Did it really have a purpose? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txx9D-8ubdg Turns out there was a purpose ...
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Slingshot Fun

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"We have to reinvent fun back into our American society or we are going to serious ourselves to death." - Alice Cooper https://vimeo.com/271905836 The MOPS International staff taking a much-needed fun break from the work ...
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The First Move Advantage

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There is a well-known theory in chess called the first move advantage that suggests the player who goes first is statistically positioned for the best outcome. When I first heard this, I went and found ...
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Mister Rogers and 9-11

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My husband, Dan, served 20 years with the Air Force and he is often asked what kinds of planes he flew. He chuckles and answers, “I don’t fly. I developed and acquired the systems the ...
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Easy Overnight Oats

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We all survived the first week of school! We made it through the excruciating back-to school supplies list and the complaints from the boys about "having to go to school EVERYDAY." We pulled through my ...
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My Friends Think I’m a Stay-at-Home Mom

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In our increasingly digital age, many parents are given the opportunity to work a more flexible schedule. Occupations that previously required a steady presence in an office, distant from home, are now presenting options for ...
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The Gift of Surrender

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My strategy for finishing a puzzle is a three-pronged approach: I find the corners, build the frame, and fill in the middle until it’s done. My daughter on the other hand has an entirely different ...
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Why Surrender? (When You Want to be in Control!)

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There are precious few times in my life when I have felt like I am in complete control. For me, those were the scariest times in my life. When I have been gripping onto something, ...
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Never a Failure

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I began my career as a high school English teacher with an unapologetically idealistic attitude about the difference I could make in my student’s lives and in Chicago’s far South Side community as a whole ...
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