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    6 Reasons to Embrace Being a Working Mom

    I argue with myself on a regular basis about being a working mom vs. a stay-at-home mom. We are in the category of family that could “make it work” if I decided I wanted to step back from my career and stay at home full-time with our four kids. At this point, my take-home pay is not much more than the cost of childcare, so it would not make a huge financial impact on our family if I decided to resign. But if a woman has the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, this does not mean she should necessarily take it. No one arrangement is definitively better for the…

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    6 Benefits of Quitting Your Job and Becoming a Stay-at-Home Mom

    I have a Master’s degree and have been working a professional job in my field for eight-and-a-half years. I also have four children ages seven months to seven years. Although I’m passionate about my career and love the university job I work for 30 hours a week, I often find myself torn. It is difficult to juggle work life and home life, and the thought of resigning and becoming a stay-at-home mom crosses my mind frequently. In fact, now that we have had our fourth baby and are paying nearly as much in childcare as I take home in my paycheck, we are contemplating it even more seriously. Plenty of…

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    How to Organize Your Life: 10 Simple Tips for Busy Moms

    Do you ever feel like you just need to figure out how to organize your life? With four young kids, I often feel like I’m in survival mode, barely holding it all together. But I found a collection of resources this week that has truly sparked a change in me. I have begun to fill my mind with strategies, systems, and tools that can help me organize my life and manage all aspects of my household. Disclosure: As an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles, I may earn a commission if you click through the links below and make a purchase. The Ultimate Productivity Bundle is a collection of electronic resources designed…

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    Minimalist Lifestyle Tips from Moms Who Live with Less

    I recently asked my Facebook followers about what they do to make parenting less stressful. Many of the helpful responses made their way into this post, which I suggest you bookmark to read later. But there was one answer that I thought warranted its own post altogether: living a minimalist lifestyle. A minimalist lifestyle is far from how I would describe my family’s way of life. Our playroom is overflowing with toys and our closets are overflowing with clothes. I know I should be grateful for my family’s abundance, and I truly am. But sometimes I feel like our house is suffocating us. Maybe that’s why I am so intrigued…

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    14 Secrets to Making Parenting Less Stressful

    Parenting is certainly one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, but also the most stressful. There are so many demands on my time, energy, and emotions each day. I love finding ways to make things simpler, more efficient, and ultimately less stressful. Here is a collection of some tricks you can try to make your own parenting less stressful. Hopefully, these will make it a little easier to enjoy your family! Many of these ideas were suggested by the fabulous moms on my Four to Love Facebook page. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you click through and make…

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    7 Tips for Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

    I am pleased to feature this guest post about postpartum depression and anxiety written by author Bridget Croteau. When I was a first-time mom, I experienced the baby blues for several weeks. I was weepy, detached, and forlorn. I found myself overwhelmed by even simple tasks, often neglected to eat, and worried about everything. Eventually, I started to come out of the darkness, find myself again, and enjoy motherhood. Bridget is committed to shedding light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as postpartum depression and anxiety, and supporting and encouraging parents who are experiencing such disorders. –Jennie Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn…

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    10 Perfect Gifts to Make Life Easier for Mom

    As a mom, I am always looking for ways to make life easier. There is no room for inefficiency when you have to care for four kids, cook meals, keep a house reasonably tidy, work a job or two, and sleep sometimes. I embrace any gifts to make life easier or item I come across that somehow frees up some of my resources to allow me to more easily accomplish all I need to. If you are a mom looking for ideas to put on your own wish list, or you are hoping to pick out gifts to make life easier for a mom, I have put together a list…

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    Small Kids Making Your House a Total Mess? Here’s Why That’s OK

    I have four kids, and I have to tell you… my life is a total mess. Although I do manage to get a daily shower, I hardly ever dry my hair or put on makeup anymore. My wardrobe mostly consists of leggings, sweats, and t-shirts (oftentimes oversized ones belonging to my husband). Usually, I eat my “meals” standing up. I have to remind myself to drink water (instead of coffee or wine) and eat fruits and vegetables, which I often steal off the kids’ plates before I do the dishes. Our house is covered in dust, jelly, and discarded socks. It looks as though the playroom heaved its contents haphazardly all…

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    Capturing Little Moments of Joy in a Tiring Season of Life

    Tonight, at the end of a particularly trying day parenting four kids under the age of 7, I find myself reflecting on a paradox of motherhood. These are the moments that older parents look back on fondly, that strangers warn that young parents will miss one day. And yet, I am too exhausted or overwhelmed to notice much of anything but the messes my toddler keeps making behind me, the bickering between my oldest two, and the baby’s hungry cries while I reach over dirty dishes to heat her bottle. Everywhere I turn, there is something to be done and someone who needs me. It is so tiring, it hurts.…

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    8 Truths Every New Mom Needs to Hear

    I have four kids, and I honestly think the hardest transition was going from zero kids to one. If you are a brand-new mom, stumbling through those first hazy months, here are some messages for you from the other side. You don’t have to know how to do everything. I went through a phase after my first baby was born when I was just running through the list of all the things she was going to need to learn to do or that she was going to experience in her life, and I felt like I needed to be prepared for every single one right then! In reality, you learn…

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    How to Cure Phone Addiction: One Mom’s Quest

    I have a confession to make: I have a slight addiction to my phone. I am home on maternity leave and have been realizing how much time my phone steals away from my kids each day. Granted, I have four children under the age of seven, and I’m sure you can’t blame me for wanting to escape down a digital rabbit hole from time to time. But I think I may be escaping a little too frequently. Effects of phone addiction I’ve started reflecting on how my preoccupation with my phone is affecting my life. I’ve found that it can make me irritable (particularly if I’m interrupted), and also likely to…

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    It’s Fine to Feed Your Baby Formula

    I’m writing this post for my past self. Almost seven years ago, I had just given birth to my first baby, and I was a hot mess. I am a planner, a problem-solver. I had spent nine months devouring parenting books and websites, buying cloth diapers, and studying natural childbirth. I was going to crush this parenting thing. And of course, I was going to breastfeed my baby instead of feeding her formula. Why wouldn’t I? Breastfeeding was free, all-natural, and best for my baby. And then my child was born. I was completely exhausted from hours and hours of labor and childbirth (which, by the way, ended up involving…

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    How to Make New Friends as a Mom

    We just had Kid #3’s second birthday party. She had a blast, and as the third kid of four, it was fun to be able to spoil her—especially since she became a big sister about three months ago, and her life was turned upside down. At two years old, she doesn’t have many “real friends.” What she mostly has are kids of families my husband and I are friends with, who we hope she’ll grow close to over the years. As a result, the party was full of people I love being around—people who were friendly to each other, asked about my life, didn’t hesitate to jump up and help…

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    11 Calming Tactics for Mom when Feeling Overwhelmed

    This morning, I was feeling overwhelmed. I noticed as I opened the door that it was about 15 degrees cooler outside than I thought it would be when I’d dressed my kids. I unexpectedly had to unload our double stroller from the middle of the van, which my husband had chucked there to load groceries into the trunk last night. And when I got home, I had to contend with an uncooperative poopy toddler and a baby who was screaming for food. As parents, we all have moments of feeling overwhelmed like this from time to time, right? With four kids, I feel like they happen often. Sometimes, the chaos…