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Mommy Doesn’t Want to Play Right Now

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Please don't invite me to your tea party ...“Mommy, are you going to come to the birthday party?”“Umm … I have a lot of stuff I have to do right now. Maybe later.”Ever feel like you just don’t want to play with your kid? Is there anyone who doesn’t ever feel that way? So, it’s just normal, right? But still … ever feel guilty about it?I used to think I was a bad mom for not feeling like Mary Poppins all the time. Or ever. (Although, have you watched Mary Poppins lately? Because she's not exactly always Mary Poppins either. Maybe I’m thinking of The Sound of Music?)Then, ...
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Stop Waiting for Your Sexual Desire to Return

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Most of us know why we’ve lost our desire. No time, too tired, too busy, we’re already “over-touched,” there’s always a kid in the bed, after-kid-bedtime is about the only quiet time in the day ...
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Starry-Eyed: The Womb Time That Winter Brings

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Nature is a storyteller infused with holy narratives. Maybe this is why so many faith traditions find the darkest time of year to be deeply spiritual. The winter solstice in particular is a day when ...
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5 Ways to Encourage Play in Children

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They only needed pen and paper in order to get started yesterday. Somehow, making lists turned into drawing pictures of fire, and drawing fire turned into a game of Fire Chief for the next hour ...
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Mommy Doesn’t Want to Play Right Now

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Please don't invite me to your tea party ...“Mommy, are you going to come to the birthday party?”“Umm … I have a lot of stuff I have to do right now. Maybe later.”Ever feel like ...
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Starry-Eyed: The Womb Time That Winter Brings

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Nature is a storyteller infused with holy narratives. Maybe this is why so many faith traditions find the darkest time of year to be deeply spiritual. The winter solstice in particular is a day when ...
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The Last Days of Summer

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My neighbor made me feel better today.He stood in our driveway and commented that my kids were making great memories this summer. He noticed how often we we’ve been leaving overnight – our camping gear ...
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Stop Waiting for Your Sexual Desire to Return

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Most of us know why we’ve lost our desire. No time, too tired, too busy, we’re already “over-touched,” there’s always a kid in the bed, after-kid-bedtime is about the only quiet time in the day
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Making Time for the 24-Hour Getaway

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When the grocery lists, laundry piles, work emails and family parties fill up our days, it’s hard to get to romance, kisses and uninterrupted conversation at home. Even if we are miraculously at home alone, ...
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The Judges in Your Bedroom

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For a population famous for being committed monogamists, Christian mommies sure have a lot of people in their bedrooms with them.I’m not talking about other partners here, but the looming judgments of important figures like ...
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DIY Watercolor Cards

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There’s something about applying watercolor paint to paper that soothes the soul. MaterialsWatercolor paint Watercolor brushes – size 8 round or size 14 flat Acrylic paint brush – with short round bristles Watercolor paper ...
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Get to Know Your Neighbors This Summer: 6 Ways to Connect

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The spring we moved to Seattle five years ago I didn’t see a single soul outside of our house for more than a minute or two. People moved quickly from their cars to their door, ...
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Pizza Party

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Family pizza night is something everyone can look forward to and celebrate without breaking the bank – whether you’re a family of two or twelve!Italian music optional.YOU’LL NEEDRolling pin Baking/pizza trays Saucepan Can opener Pizza cutter or knifeINGREDIENTSStore-bought pizza ...
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A Candid Conversation With JJ Heller

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Our friend JJ Heller is doing a really cool Kickstarter project right now. She made a Christmas album and for every $15 she raises, she is donating an album to a hospital. She was kind enough ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello, Dearest,This month, on the blog, we’re talking about the concept of play—which, if I’m honest, sounds like a foreign concept to me recently. I’m about 9 months pregnant, about to give birth (don’t get ...
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Dear Kids

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It is just a random Tuesday, so today is as good as any to tell you all my dreams for your life. I don’t want to wait until your graduation parties or rehearsal dinners or ...
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5 Ways to Encourage Play in Children

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They only needed pen and paper in order to get started yesterday. Somehow, making lists turned into drawing pictures of fire, and drawing fire turned into a game of Fire Chief for the next hour ...
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Helping Your Kids Develop a Love of Learning

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Helping your kids develop a love of learning is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. What better way to do it than with an activity that kids naturally love, ...
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How I Found a Way to Play and Thrive With My Kids

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I do not qualify as the “mom who likes to play.” For some reason, that is hard for me to admit, because in my mind, a good mom is the type to hike up her ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really.She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave Collective ...
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