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Mom, what is frustrating you today?
  • Do you struggle with an out of control teenager In your home? If you are ready to do something today about this problem, see my get-to-work solution here. If you still need to learn more about out of control teenagers first, that's fine. Either way, you are moving forward.
  • Has potty training regression reared its ugly head in your home? Key parenting tips start with making an action plan today to move forward with your preschooler.
  • Tired of nagging and the chores still aren't done? Maybe instead of the usual chore chart, you need behavior charts that you can use to guide your child into more positive attitudes which are far more valuable than simply ticking off chores on a to do list.

Dear Fellow Mom,

We all started out as excited hope-filled parents, but let's be honest. As time goes on, building a family is a lot of work. Often, there are so many things to take care of each day before you are even able to enjoy your child. These everyday mothering frustrations such as putting food on the table, paying bills, maintaining a career and taking care of your home are important, but often leave you feeling drained.

You never thought having a family would be like this.

I understand. I have been mothering for over 29 years and still am. I have watched my 4 children grow up before my eyes and I have experienced firsthand the pain of regret over not spending as much time with my children as I could have or in the ways that could be most beneficial.

I have also experienced firsthand the positive results that can come from nurturing a close relationship with a child. I have seen how such a relationship can help a child successfully weather many of the unpredictable stages involved in growing up.

I know how much most moms long to develop lifelong, healthy relationships with their kids and I know how frustrating it is when everyday simple tasks get in the way.

That is why I created this website. As another mom who has "been there, done that", I can encourage and help you use strategic tips on parenting and get the daily challenges of life under control so you can be free to be there with your child more.

You'll find information, products and services on this site designed to free you to be the kind of mom you long to be.

So stop trying to do everything yourself and be open to learning about tools, resources, and ideas you can put to work and immediately start seeing results in your family.

There are feedback forms on nearly every page of this website. I encourage you to let me know what is working and what you could still use help with.

I'll be listening. Enjoy!


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If your mothering strategy is to 'wing it', you may find yourself unnecessarily stressed out each day as dinnertime rolls around. Put the brakes on your daily frustration with some simple upfront planning.
  • Weekly dinner menus are for those of us who have had it and KNOW it will be better if someone else does this simple but vital task each week.
  • A printable calorie chart can keep you on task for your own personal nutrition even while you are busy preparing your family's meals.
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Parenting tips that don't include menu planning aren't based in reality! Everyday mothering tasks like getting dinner on the table is a common frustration for many of us moms. Here are 9 of my family's favorite meals that don't tie me down in the kitchen.

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Strategic Tips on Parenting & The Art and Science of Mothering

  • Don't talk to me that way!
How to stop back talking isn't an option in a family. Bring respect back to your home starting today.
  • Are you doing things the hard way?
Dinnertime and a child's learning success go hand and hand. Don't fight what works.
  • The Secret your child will never tell you.
If you're pulling your hair out over your kids' behavior, consider this mothering tactic I use everyday to keep our stress level down and our cooperation up.
  • Like to keep a positive spin on your mothering?
Try my printable reward charts and other kids charts and start working towards a fun goal today!
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Child behavior modification is a hot topic. What is your child's behavior telling you?
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Professional Mothering

  • What do you want to be when you grow up (smiles)?
Your career in mothering is vitally important and remember, you matter too. Use this career tests information to get started in the right direction.
Here's a step-by-step practical approach that can help.
Help & ideas to get you started writing this important document.
    Professional mothering and utilizing effective parenting tips means getting your hands on the tools you need to get the job done and done right. You wouldn't get on the freeway without your car, would you? Then why do you attempt your most important job without the resources to help you? Remember, work smarter, not harder.
    • Wanna be the best mom you can be? If your answer is "yes", then personal development should be at the top of your list. Here's a fantastic source of personal development resources on the web. - is the most complete guide to information about Self -Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web. You'll want to take the time to browse this website regularly.
    • Need a convenient way to keep track of your weight or nutrition?
    Take a look at this calorie counter diary I used to lose 20 lbs. It was simple and incredibly helpful plus it taught me a lot about nutrition I could put to use for my family, too.

    Practical Tips on Parenting & Mothering

    Sure, some mothering tasks are just plain tedious. So be proactive. Use simple tools like kids charts seriously to enable your kids to learn the skills they'll need to be competent adults.
    This handy tool can is more than just for your kids. This checklist can keep everyone in the family working on the same page.
    • What does your family do for fun?
    We like to camp. Here is a camping checklist that will save you a ton of time and frustration if you like to get away for the weekend, too.
    • No camping, but are you going on a vacation this year?
    I made these checklists just for you. Road trip checklist, vacation checklist, and vacation packing checklist.
    • Need grocery help?
    Use our free printable grocery list and tips.
    • Mothering is a true joy and you'll want to keep it that way.
    Childproof your home and get serious about your home's safety.
    • Yikes! I have to host a family dinner!
    Don't panic! Use this family dinner parties ideas checklist and your family will be impressed with your mothering and hospitality skills.
    • Tired of fighting over homework?
    Use printable homework charts to keep everyone organized and on task.
    • Got messy closets?
    Consider how you can make simple changes to your closet organizing which can make a big difference in the day-to-day smooth running of your homelife.
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