One Of The Secrets to Motherhood


Back in the day, when my then fiancee and I were attending premarital counseling, I remember asking our facilitator what she thought was the secret to becoming  a happy spouse.  Expecting the heavens to depart with words filled with depth of knowledge dating back to Confucious, I was surprised  at the simplicity of her answer.  Yet, looking back, I think it also could be termed one of the secrets to being a happy mother. As a therapist, I could offer the standard importance of self care, taking time for yourself and letting go of expectations.  And while all of these are…

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Pets, Kids and Motherhood – A Vet’s Perspective


Pets are apart of so many families lives. We asked  Dr. Cheryl Sammons – mom and veterinarian – her opinions on pets, kids and motherhood. Cheryl Sammons, DVM Dr. Sammons is the owner of South Franklin Animal Hospital in Franklin, Tennessee.   1.  What three things do you wish every mom would know about animals?  Moms need to know that it does not matter how old your kids are, a dog or pet is ultimately your responsibility 100%; do not feel guilty because the pet will love you {mom} the most of anyone in the house; and having pet hair on every…

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Valentine’s Day For You Too, Mom!


Love is in the air!  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and it can be a very busy time for moms.  Maybe you will be spending Valentine’s Day helping out with the school parties, making special treats and getting those class valentine’s ready.  Don’t forget to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day.   Here are some simple ideas to pamper yourself without breaking the bank: 1.  Sleep in extra 20 minutes.  Get the lunches ready the night before, get the homework signed, program the coffee maker and have oatmeal for breakfast 2.  Take the night off, order pizza, watch a movie and go…

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Oh, Well


As you know, today is Friday.   We usually post fun videos, informative podcasts and witty sayings to end the week and launch the weekend.  But, I must confess.  This week’s Friday post will be a bit lacking.  Somewhere between illness, appointments and other  uninvited disruptions it has gotten lost.  Instead, it has been replaced with much needed pedicures, sushi and the joy of a sick child getting a new fish. Motherhood is like that, isn’t is?  Well thought out plans interrupted with  life necessities.  Back in the day, such instances would have been viewed as unwelcome intrusions to my…

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The Power of Do-Over


Remember when we were kids and we made a mistake playing kick ball? We’d call a “Do Over.” There was no yelling or arguing.  We all just hit the reset button and made the play again.  Nothing was so major that it was not easily forgotten or ever mentioned again.  A mistake was simply that … a mistake.  Not a big deal.  We just wanted to start over and continue the game rather than focus on the errors. I miss those Do-Overs! What if I offered Do-Overs more freely to people on the street? Or to my kids? Or even myself?…

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