From hiring a maid (instead of a divorce lawyer) to booking a hotel room for a night of peace and quiet, sleep-deprived parents are getting desperate.
Body & Mind
I don't have the answers to those questions, and sometimes it is hard not to know them. I keep looking for them, of course, and I keep fighting against the feelings of bitterness and disappointment that sometimes come up. But it's important to me to focus on what I have, and not what I don't have or what I no longer have
But you don't have time for exercise. No really. You've been through the schedule and you just don't know how you could manage. Well, I've got some proven busy mom workout tips for ways to fit in some fitness, from women who, just like you, have households to run, marriages to maintain, children to care for, communities to serve, friends to laugh and share with, and careers to cultivate.
Weight loss is a good first step, better health and fewer pills are worthy motivations, but until we embrace a healthy diet and consistent exercise as both a gateway to and a hallmark of a full, well-lived life for body, mind, and spirit, we're cheating ourselves of those final revelations: that there is natural high to be obtained legally, that our bodies, minds, and souls are renewed when we treat our bodies well. Doctors can't give that to us. We have to claim it for ourselves.
There are a lot of reasons to exercise self-restraint, give up luxuries, and "repent" of some of our bad habits — reasons like improving our health, increasing our self-respect, and becoming more intentional and resourceful.
We’ve all been there: We make a plan. We have every intention of seeing it through. And then … the kids get sick. The car breaks down. Snow days, work assignments, bills pop up. People we need to support our endeavors begin making themselves scarce. Sigh. If your next thoughts sound like this: I knew I...
We all know that parenting gets tough, and even a good day can be filled with rough moments. Here are a few quotes to stick in your proverbial back pocket the next time youre struggling with the emotional and mental health difficulties that inevitably come with raising these precious munchkins.
When I am feeling particularly self-conscious and stressed about my imperfections, I remember what was perhaps one of the best things anybody ever said to me, which went something like this: "People have better things to do than think about you."
Aside from the fact that this "news" presents Tetris as the answer to our craving problems, the real issue I have with it is that it fails to identify what the real problem is when we give into cravings: we're bored. We're not thinking. We're allowing habits to dictate our actions rather than consciously taking responsibility for our actions and trying to improve our habits.
School has forced a degree of regularity into my sleeping habits. If I'm not up before 7:00, we'll be late. And if I'm not in bed at midnight, I'm pretty much useless. Such consistency, it seems, may have been useful in helping me feel energetic and alert during the day, even if I'm not getting anywhere close to the recommended amount of sleep.
Many of us long for a life of happiness and peace, but we don’t believe we can have it. The great paradox is that our lack of faith in love and miracles is what blocks us from receiving love and miracles. If we want to live a miraculous life, we must raise the volume on...
With all this research revealing what a difficult load a little bit of information can be to carry, I almost feel bad for the times I have asked friends and family to tell no one about whatever I am about to say to them. It isn't really fair for me to put them through that kind of angst or anxiety.
Patty Chang Anker is one of our resident experts in the Babble Reinvention series. This month, she talks about the importance of “leaping” into a better life. Until my mid-thirties, I was more comfortable leaping up than out. That is, I could take steps toward goals — a degree, a promotion, a family — boldly. Taking...