Time Management With Your Kids

We remember how hard it was when our boys were young, to carve out time for them as we juggled work, housework, working out, errands, quiet time, kids’ activities and the list goes on. We were doing a lot of things with and for our kids, but the truth is that’s not the same as giving them time. It is important that kids know that they matter in your world, because you are their whole world. Devoting time toward meaningfully meeting their need to be loved, building up trust and being affirmed by you, strengthens the child and the parent-child ...
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A Casual Invitation Changed Everything

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I am the mama of a miracle. I was at the beginning of my second trimester with our second child when we received a phone call with news that no parent ever wants to hear ...
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3 Things I’m Reclaiming in 2020

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Let’s preface this by saying everyone is in a different season of life and that's OK. Resolutions are important, focusing your energy is important, and being held accountable is important – but sometimes these things ...
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Sometimes We Get To Go Swimming

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As we came to the end of the decade, I found myself reflecting on the last 10  years. They’ve dragged on quickly. I remember when my oldest son was 8 months old. It was around ...
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Sometimes We Get To Go Swimming

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As we came to the end of the decade, I found myself reflecting on the last 10  years. They’ve dragged on quickly. I remember when my oldest son was 8 months old. It was around ...
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Find Your People

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Have you ever heard of neuroplasticity? This word that sounds a lot like a Harry Potter spell actually describes our brain’s ability to change over the course of our life. To adapt. And because of ...
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A MOPS Story: Lifelong Family

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Twenty years ago, we moved from Seattle to Indianapolis for my husband’s job. We had two small children, ages 3 and 1. Our closest family was over 1000 miles away. It was a little overwhelming! ...
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Boycott Mom-Shaming

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Mom-shaming begins as far back as conception of our little people. “Did you conceive naturally? Did you go through fertility treatments? Use a surrogate? Adoption?” It continues through birth. “Did you get an epidural? C-section?
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The Three Elements to Transformation

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If you know anything about building a fire, you know it takes three elements for a fire to burn: a fuel source (e.g. wood, gasoline, plastic, etc.), heat (like a spark from a lighter), and ...
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Second Grade Dreams

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Some kids dream about growing up to become athletes, singers or doctors. Me? I dreamt about college. I recall with great detail the day when my second grade teacher talked to our class about what ...
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MOPS International Statement of Faith

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MOPS International has been made aware of a new blog and companion podcast posted this week criticizing MOPS’ theology. We are saddened that these Christian bloggers did not contact us directly with their concerns. Solid ...
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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? Turns out there was a purpose. Practicing ...
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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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A Casual Invitation Changed Everything

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I am the mama of a miracle. I was at the beginning of my second trimester with our second child when we received a phone call with news that no parent ever wants to hear ...
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Call for Submissions – January 2020

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: ongoing Wordcount: 400-800, Word document Submit to: content@mops.org Writer's Guidelines Humor: Any piece that makes us chuckle Girlfriends: How to make mom friends The mom friend I wish I had Outreach: Fresh ideas ...
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Call for Submissions

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: December 30, 2019 Wordcount: 600-900, Word document Submit to: content@mops.org Writer's Guidelines Sometimes, we believe that our motherhood is a constraint that limits what we can do in this life. We settle ...
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3 Things I’m Reclaiming in 2020

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Let’s preface this by saying everyone is in a different season of life and that's OK. Resolutions are important, focusing your energy is important, and being held accountable is important – but sometimes these things ...
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Great(er) Expectations

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It happens every December 25: There’s the inevitable buildup (starting now in SEPTEMBER), the anticipation, the climax - and then, the letdown. I wish I were talking about something else - like a vacation, my ...
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Our Holy No

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We were two months into being empty nesters when our youngest son started sending me a flurry of texts. He was attending a college nearby and desperately wanted my car for the weekend. Instead of ...
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