May 27, 2017

Lessons Learned From My Daughter: Teens & Social Media

Mar17

I’ve been so quiet over here, but not on Instagram (jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam) where I post almost daily (including video stories). Recently, I’ve been sharing more Mentor Mom moments over there and it makes my passion for encouraging moms come alive.  Over the next few months, […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

Feb17

With a song in her heart, my mom’s sweet little voice sang out.  Relishing in the joy that music brings to the soul of a young child, her heart filled and was satisfied. Then the words came. Words that changed […]

Raising a Band of Brothers – Part 1

Apr15

Last week, our family was all together again. It was divine. For this mother’s heart, I never realized just how much I would miss my big boys when they were gone and now the moments we have together are priceless. It’s just […]

Shy, Tired or Rude? How do we encourage that child?

Apr9

Grasping my skirt like a lifeline, our young daughter refused to let go. “Say ‘hi’ to Mr. Smith, honey. He’s been daddy’s friend since he was a little boy. Just give a quick hello.” I could feel her fingers clench […]

Dear Mom of Teens: it’s time we start talking about this

Nov11

Dear Mom of Teens: I am so glad you’re here.  I invite you to scoot up close and take a deep breath. We are in this together. You know that right? You know that there are millions of moms around […]

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7

(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]

7 Highly Effective Ways to Raise Lazy and Entitled Children

May13

Thanks for following along with during my 31 Days with a Mentor Mom Series. As I think back over our two decades of raising children (yes, we just hit that mile marker),  I’ve often shared here on the blog how the […]

My Mommy Mess-Up Moment

Feb22

It’s been one of those weeks. I’ve been overwhelmed, struggling with discouragement and down right exhausted in my mothering, so I revisted a post that I wrote earlier and claiming this truth. It’s been awhile since I’ve messed up as […]

To Every Mom Who Makes a School Lunch

Nov5

Every morning, I drag myself down the stairs, grind the coffee beans and wait for that first drip to percolate. Early morning hours and I aren’t always on the best of terms,  so there’s something about making  that school lunch […]

To Share or Not to Share a Bedroom? (Lessons from 18 years + Decor ideas)

Oct28

Traditional Home I sat across from my dear friend as she worried, “We must get a new house before the baby comes. They each need their own room.” Speaking candidly, as only good friends can do, I reminded her, “You […]

The Party That Will Never Be Pinned

Oct26

The time had come when I was finally going to do it up right.  A party deemed worthy of scrapbook status or, might I dare, Pinterest? No more last-minute decorations. No more Krispy Kreme Donut cakes. No more email only […]

Care to…

Oct25

My daughter and I pulled up to the stop sign in our little country town. In front of our very eyes, a man (I can no longer call him a gentleman), pulled a yard sale sign out of his yard, […]

Generational Mothering

Oct23

Looking around the table, I study the three generations represented. Amidst the chuckles, private jokes and deeper conversations, the profound generational legacy permeates not just the shared memories, but life choices, marriages, and even character development. Mothering with a kingdom […]

It All Flew Out the Window

Oct20

It took me years, but I’m beginning to understand the phrase, “The older I get, the less I know.” Right out of college, I was hired as a high school youth director (pastor) and let me tell you, I was […]

Fun Kid Dinner Ideas: Eat UNDER the Table, Dessert for Dinner!

Oct15

And all the mommas of the world, shouted, “AMEN!” Honestly, how does the turn around happen so quickly? I JUST made them dinner! Let’s make a pledge. Commit to giving ourselves some slack in this department because it can be […]