So God Made a Teacher Collection (Sale!) ➔

As a child of the 80s and 90s life was still easier than our parent’s childhoods. With TV dinners and a boom in kid toys and t.v. shows, our parents were able to work less and play more. But in the 2000s parenting has become its own market. The Marketing to Moms Coalition defines “mothers as the most powerful consumer group in the U.S.” We are a force to be reckoned with! Stores, restaurants and advertisers are catering to our needs and making it easier for us to leave the house.

If life feels extra hard right now then use a few of these to help get a break or lighten your workload!

Water bottle refill stations

Many playgrounds and airports are installing these instead of water fountains, making it easy for our kids or us to fill up all those sippy cups more than half-way!

Kid potties in malls

A new mall opened up near us and they have all family restrooms! In each one is an adult sized toilet with a kid sized porcelain potty next to it joined by Mommy and me sized sinks and mirrors!

Ikea child watch

I have friends who go shopping at Ikea just for the child watch. It is a brilliant way for this store to get you in their doors and for you to get a break!

Chick-fil-a mom order set up

Have you done this yet? On the app or in the drive thru order your food and ask for Mom valet. Go park, unbuckle the kids, grab all sippy cups, lovies and diaper bag. Put shoes back on all your children’s feet. Go back because you left the wipes on the floor. Walk into a very crowded restaurant and no need to stand in line, your food is set up on the table waiting for you!

Grocery shopping delivery or pick-up

Many stores now offer pick-up options for a small fee. It does require more advanced planning but you can do it in your pajamas after the kids are in bed and then pick them up in the parking lot leaving those now awake kids buckled in their seats!

Car carts

These might not be a new phenomenon but they weren’t around 20 years ago when I was a kid. They are a pain to push but worth the peace of not chasing kids around the store or piling groceries around the kid in the front of the cart who then chucks your eggs onto the floor!

Baby monitors

My parents and in-laws all said to me, “We never had those things and you were fine.” Well, that is true but I promise as a mother now I sleep much better when I am not waking up every half hour to listen for my kid crying. The latest craze in monitors that have an IP address make it possible for you to be out for girls night and say goodnight over the 2-way walkie feature to your baby at home!

Netflix

No longer can you only watch Sesame Street at 5:00 p.m. or Bubble Guppies at 9:30. When you need a show or your child asks for it the answer can always be, “Yes!”

Delay start washing machines/dishwashers

 I am rarely home for an entire wash and dry cycle. Delay start allows me to throw the wash in before I leave the house or at night before bed and have it wash while I am out or sleeping, making me tell it when I want it done and will have time to switch it before it gets musty and I have to wash it again.

Free summer movies

 Missed the latest movies or just need an inexpensive family adventure? Many parks and movie theaters offer summer movies for all kid ages!

Free summer bowling

https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/index.php offers free bowling games to kids all summer long and a parent pass for a small fee. A great way to beat the summer heat with friends!

Target Kid popcorn

Not every Target does this but many in my area give kids a free popcorn. My kids love it and it gets me through the first 15 minutes with all of us in our happy place! It is worth an ask next time you go!

Curry Winters

Curry is a wife and SAHM to 3 wild and lovable young kids she is trying to home school. She is the initiator of family dance parties, uses exclamation marks more than periods & drinks Arnold Palmer's because they remind her of her grandmother. She has a deep desire to speak God’s truth and hope in the routines of life. She is a storyteller, a pursuer of community and very often found snuggling with her kids reading stacks of library books. Find her online at http://cfwinters.blogspot.com/

Every Time the Doctor Says, “It’s a Girl!” My Heart Grows a Little More

In: Kids, Motherhood
Sisters sitting on park bench

When I’m in the grocery store with my girls, I always get comments. My oldest girls are walking near the cart with my two-year-old running up and down the aisles. “Three little girls! Wow! God bless you, Momma!” Then they look in my cart and see the car seat holding my nine-month-old. “Is that a baby boy in there?” “No, another girl!” I reply. I get a variety of responses when people realize I have four girls under the age of seven. “Wow, you’ve got your hands full!” “Going to try for a boy?” “You are truly blessed—your girls are...

Keep Reading

Raising a Child with a Severe Food Allergy Affects the Whole Family

In: Kids, Motherhood
Little boy looking at ice cream cone

I saw something recently that said, “It’s National Ice Cream Day today!” and I cannot stop thinking about it. Now I know that sounds silly, but as a mom of a child with a severe dairy (and egg) allergy, I must admit at times it makes me sad (and more often jealous if I’m being completely honest) when I know my son is going to miss out on another fun or “normal” thing that other kids his age are experiencing, like actual ice cream and ice cream parties. If I continue to be honest, I get jealous when I see...

Keep Reading

So You’re Not the Fun Parent…So What?

In: Kids, Marriage, Motherhood
Woman reading book while two play in background

I’m not the fun parent in our household. Of course, this comes as no surprise to me but it still stung when my 8-year-old said to me rather bluntly the other night, “Daddy’s way more fun than you.” And while the rational part of my brain knows better than to take this kind of comment to heart, my super-sensitive, highly emotional primitive brain did the exact opposite and ran with it.  Daddy is the more fun parent. I’m the stricter, more rigid, and more uptight parent. I’m not the type of parent who, in the spur of the moment, will...

Keep Reading

Mine Is the Shy Kid

In: Kids
Girl sitting on side of playground

I’m the mom of one really shy child. But not your quintessential shy kid. I don’t mean she is “slow to warm up,” because my daughter might not warm up at all. And I don’t mean that she’s only shy until she gets to know you. There are friends and family members she still hides from or won’t talk to. What I mean is my almost-4-year-old struggles so much with her shyness that it’s hard for her to interact with most people. Especially her peers. I’ve Googled more than you could ever imagine about this topic: How shy is too...

Keep Reading

In This Magical Place Called Kindergarten

In: Kids
Kids at elementary school circle time

It’s hard to put into words what happens in a classroom in the course of a year. Especially a kindergarten classroom. For many children, this is their first experience away from home, from their place of comfort and security—the place where they can always be themselves. But teachers are a special breed—especially teachers of littles. And they step into this substitute role with the biggest hearts and the most love to give. They take this unknown, intimidating place and then transform it into a magical, wondrous adventure. A classroom, a community, a family. A place where these little people can...

Keep Reading

Summer Goes by Too Fast

In: Kids
Boy lying on bench at park, color photo

To my oldest, As our summer vacation nears an end and we begin school supply shopping, I think about all the things we didn’t get to do together this summer. I instantly feel mom guilt. All the plans I had made? Only half of them done—if that. RELATED: Remember When Summer Lasted Forever? All the books I was going to read to you at bedtime? Only a couple short ones. All the creative art we would do? Maybe just one time. The fact is, I let time slip away from me. I was too focused and anxiety-ridden about work, my...

Keep Reading

Going on Family Vacation with Young Kids is Work That’s Worth It

In: Kids, Motherhood
Mom with two young kids on airplane

Our routine will be a mess. Our toddler won’t sleep in a new environment. Our baby needs all of the gear. The flight could be a disaster. I went through a mental checklist of reasons why this kind of family vacation would be hard. It was a pretty convincing list if I’m being honest. I considered throwing a pity party dedicated to the concerns I shoulder as a mother. A few days later I felt a wave of conviction wash over me. I was dreading a trip that was meant to be a blessing to our family. Any kind of...

Keep Reading

I Want To Raise Good Sisters

In: Kids, Motherhood
Four girls sitting on a rock in the forest, color photo

My current dilemma: how to teach four little girls how to be good sisters when I have no idea what I’m doing? I was an only child growing up, and a tomboy at that. It was a lonely, quiet childhood. I remember wishing for a sister, but knowing that with my single mom, it wasn’t going to happen. So, the sister thing is a big mystery to me. I’ve noticed (admittedly with some envy) adult sisters together and their inside jokes, shared history, and language known only to each other. I’ve read about sisters in books. The relationships between the four...

Keep Reading

I Don’t Just Love You, I Like You

In: Kids, Motherhood
Young boy standing at bridge, color photo

My growing child, my heart often aches when I look at how big you have gotten. You aren’t a baby anymore, you’re a whole kid. You are your own person, with your own thoughts and feelings. You have your own friendships, and interests.  Parts of me realize you don’t need me the same, but deep down I know you need me all the same. And I’m realizing, that in all of these changes, my love for you is also a like.  RELATED: Being Your Mom is the Greatest Honor of My Life Because now we can connect in a whole...

Keep Reading

Dear Kindergartner, I’ll Always Remember You This Way

In: Kids, Motherhood
Mother and child touch foreheads

The first magical flickers of your strong heartbeat on a black and white screen— the reassuring evidence I needed to know you were gaining strength for this world. My belly grew, and I proudly went shopping for maternity clothes to cover it. I felt the first dances of your little feet, and it reminded me of butterflies taking flight— the movement of a true miracle. I’ll always remember you this way. The sounds of your first cries—music ringing in my ears. You were real, Earth-side, and wanting only to be loved. The softness of your skin, the way you smelled,...

Keep Reading

Get our FREE phone wallpaper to encourage you as the new school year begins

It's bittersweet for a mother to watch her child grow—but you both are ready to soar.