20 Life Lessons I Want my Kids to Learn

As a psychologist, I often reflect on the things that make people happy (or rather, “content.” No one is actually “happy” all the time). Through my work I get glimpses into the things that matter—the behaviors and ways of thinking that lead to satisfaction, and those that lead to misery.  And I have come up with several life lessons that I hope my children learn: If everyone likes you, you’re doing something wrong. If you are being true to yourself, you will not please everyone all the  time. Embrace your failures…

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Ditch the Mom Guilt and Take a Girl’s Weekend

Every summer for the last few years my best girl cousins and I have taken a long weekend trip to Las Vegas. None of the three of us are particularly into gambling, partying, muscled men in fireman strip outfits or bright lights much past 10 pm. But there’s something that has become so MAGICAL about Las Vegas for the three of us. In fact, last summer when we couldn’t go (cause one of us had to go ahead and have a baby, ugh; j/k he’s perfect) it was like some…

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#RealityMoms Answer: How’s Summer Going?

#RealityMoms around the country are either a couple of weeks in or halfway through the summer by now, depending on what school district they live in. So we asked them – how’s your summer going? My daughter has decided that she wants to do a Kool-aid stand, either giving cups away for free, or charging 25 cents, or maybe $50. She also wants to have a yard sale, for which she has picked several broken toys, and some colored pencils. I just want a nap. – Rhiannon Giles (Rhiyaya) Car…

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35 #RealityMom Thoughts in the Starbucks Line

I’ve been in line at Starbucks quite often. I developed a habit back in college that I never seemed to kick. I love it so much I dedicated one of my Friday Faves to the mobile app. I was thrilled when Starbucks tweeted me back! Yes, I’m aware this is odd. Despite how often I go, I only order one drink—chai tea lattes. Only Starbucks can make them the way I like them. Seriously—I’ve tried others but I always come back to Starbucks. Often. On one particular visit, I became…

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What’s Better than a Summer Road Trip?

Joan Chand-Oiseau from MaddWorld.ca spends the summer road-tripping with her kids.  She says that her essentials include: Audio books! Lots of food and LOTS of water. Of course coloring and electronics. And some kind of road trip game like a scavenger hunt list of things they should look for along the way. We also like to pick one tourist destination along the way that we can all look forward to and stop, stretch, and get our wiggles out on the long drives. Joan shared a #RealityMom moment as she and her…

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