communication

Why You Need to Prioritize Your Partner Even After Baby

Your relationship is your parenting foundation. You need each other. Not only logistically, but also emotionally. I’ve got three simple suggestions for you to make sure both your and your partner’s needs are met every day.  If you only do these three things while raising little ones at home, you’ll be ahead of the game.

Dads Interview with Quentin Hafner

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’re probably familiar with my Momma Interviews series.  I’ve loved doing them and I frequently get positive feedback from readers saying how much they look forward to them.

But I feel like we’re only getting half of the story.  

I’ve been wanting to do a series of Dads Interviews for such a long time.  And today--just in time for Fathers Day this weekend--I’m so excited to kick off the Dads Interviews series with Quentin Hafner!

*FREE HOME LIFE SPREADSHEET TEMPLATE INSIDE!

How to Use Google Calendars to Connect with Your Partner

In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of scheduling time to connect with your partner.  I talked about how couples need time for both check-ins (the daily and weekly logistical and schedule-based stuff that keep your household running) and connection time (date nights and hangout time to reconnect and forget about the logistical stuff).  And I also talked about the importance of self-care.  All of these things need to be scheduled. 

As the saying goes, "What gets scheduled is what gets done."

Making Time for Connecting with Your Partner

One of the biggest concerns I hear from couples that call my office is: How do they find time to spend together as a couple with everything else they have to do in a day?

As a parent and partner to my amazing husband, I have to say I know this concern all too well.  I feel like there are a lot of different things we need to contend with.  We have to take care of our child or children.  We have jobs.  We have to grocery shop, clean the house, take care of our own needs…  The list, quite frankly, is never ending.  So, usually spending time together comes last. It’s right down there with taking care of ourselves.  Both should really be much higher on the list of priorities.

Owning Your Confidence as New Parents When Others Have Opinions

ast week on the blog, I talked to you about managing outside expectations on your family for the holiday season.  If you’re wanting a quieter, simpler, more peaceful holiday season without the rushing around from this party to that dinner… First of all, I don’t blame you.  Doing all that with a brand new baby or even a toddler can sometimes just be way too much.  Especially if you’re only doing it because you feel like it’s expected of you.

But also, I do realize that telling you to set those boundaries with friends and family is kind of easy for me to say.  I’m not the one that has to look them in the face and say it for you.  So, I understand the anxiety that comes along with that.  

The Taboo of Having a Favorite Child

DO WE REALLY LOVE EACH OF OUR KIDS THE SAME?

When I was pregnant with my daughter (our second child), I distinctly remember being really worried that I would not be as in love with her as I was with my son (our first).  In fact, my husband and I use to joke that we shouldn't have a second kid because he was so awesome and perfect--there was just no way our second could live up to that.  “Our next kid would probably be a total nightmare,” we’d tease.  

3 Simple Steps to Quit Keeping Score in Your Parenting Relationship

Remember back when you had roommates and it was so easy to divvy up the chores list and make sure everyone paid their share of the bills?  And if someone wasn’t pulling their weight, it was really clear, right?  Everyone knew who the lame roommate was and a simple house meeting could nip it in the bud or that roommate would be finding a new place.