Challenge #16: Reaffirm the Effort

I’ve been reading a lot about how kids are motivated to do well and I’m finding a lot of research (read this post from my mom’s blog) on how when we praise someone for how smart or talented or pretty or wise they are, we’re really hurting their effort.  So, today, I challenge you to reaffirm someone for their effort.  Tell your kid you’re so proud of how hard he worked at picking up his room.  Tell your friend you’ve noticed how purposeful she is as a parent and that you admire that.  Tell your husband you really appreciate how hard he works to provide for your...

Challenge #15: Forgive and (Really) Forget

First of all, I’ve been a bone fide slacker this week.  I have no excuse.  I just didn’t get around to blogging. But, that said, today’s challenge is a toughy.  I want you to forgive someone– for something big or small– and to tell them that you did it.  I’m actually having one of those do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do crises of the heart right now as I write this because I’m kinda irritated at my husband for having to work late (again) tonight.  And, even though I know it’s technically not his fault, it’s still made me mad last night.  So, I probably need to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but I also probably need to forgive his imaginary offense in my mind.  Sheesh.  Relationships are tough. Anyway, you know the drill… once you’ve done it, leave a comment and let me know and you’ll be entered to win the...

Challenge #14: Get a Gift

It’s gift day!  Today, I want you to buy a gift for someone that you love.  Nothing expensive or fancy, but just something small to show them you care.   Drop a latte off for your husband at work. Buy your kid a trinket in line at the grocery store when they ask instead of saying no.  Pick up a chocolate bar for your mom.  Download an eBook for a friend. Tell me what you did and you’ll be entered to win CHOCOLATE! I’ll be drawing winners for Maama cards shortly… stay...

Day #13: Spend Some Time Alone

Okay, okay, so going off alone isn’t exactly intentionally loving someone, but if you live in the wild & crazy mama world that I live in, some down time is probably the best thing you can do to make today great for your family.  So, today, your challenge is to carve out 15 minutes (yes, just 15 minutes!) of your day to chill– by yourself– and refresh yourself for the rest of the weekend.  I don’t have to ask you twice, do...

Day #12: Reach out and touch someone

  After my kids get their pajamas on every night, I try to give each of them a five-minute lotion massage.   They love it.  Even my baby crawls towards me the instant I pull out the baby lotion.  Anyway, today, I’m challenging you to reach out and touch someone.  Give your kids a massage or give a friend a hug....
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