Don’t Forget! 5 Must-Haves for Drop Off at the Babysitter’s House

Drop off at the babysitter's house

Dropping the kids off at the babysitter’s house might seem like a no-brainer. Drop them off with someone trustworthy, and go about your business. Your house is clean, your kids are thrilled to vacation at the babysitter's home and life is good. Right? It might seem simple in theory, but how many times have you reached the babysitter’s front door and realized that you forgot Mr. Bumble Bottom, your child’s most favorite item on the entire planet? Or in my case, that one tiny piece of paper … [Read more...]

How to Survive the Doctor with Twins

How to Survive the Doctor with Twins

If there's one situation that can drive any sane parent to madness, it's the doctor's office. Going to the doctor with twins? Now that's just cruel. Between the long waits, grimy sick kids, shots, poking and prodding...a visit to the doctor's office with twins is the stuff nightmares are made of. Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks I live by to make a difficult experience just a tiny, but important, bit better. The visit will still be a challenge. I'd hate to say we skip in with smiles … [Read more...]

Purposeful Parenting: Filling My Bucket

Purposeful Parenting: Filling My Bucket

As a busy working mom, using my resources is not only logical, it's time-saving. So when J turned to me and said "You're filling my bucket, mommy!" I had to know more. Something about that phrase...it resonated with my kids and I knew I had stumbled upon something that would be incredibly useful. It will come as no surprise that the bucket tactic is not my idea. Nope. It came courtesy of their preschool teachers. I've shared before how I use the boys' school to learn how to speak the … [Read more...]

Ready, Set, Date Night! Five Must-Haves When the Babysitter Comes Over

Date Night - Must Haves for the Babysitter

You’re free!  It's date night! (Shhh...I'm dating!!!) Make sure you have a stress-free time out of the house by preparing for the babysitter. Most of us don’t have a live-in nanny to help care for the children, cook the meals, and wash the dishes.  If you do...good for you (just kidding, I don’t mean that).  If you’re like me and you have to depend on babysitters to watch your kids when you need a date night, girl's day out, even if it’s just to get groceries, you need to do a little … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Avoid Transferring Anxiety to Your Children

Avoid Transferring Anxiety to Your Children

Let’s face it. Stress happens. Every parent feels it! Trying to manage the anxiety or obsessive behaviors that can sometimes accompany stress is difficult in and of itself. Trying to prevent it from affecting your children can seem impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few ways to work through your anxiety and avoid transferring it to your kiddos. Reach Out and Get some Help This may seem like an obvious choice, but for some people it’s the last thing they consider. Whether … [Read more...]

Intentionally Playful: Scheduling Time to Play With Your Kids

Intentionally Playful: Scheduling Time to Play with Your Kids

Do you actively play with your kids, or do you find yourself distractedly moving a toy car around while you fix dinner?  Are you stuck in the routine and forget to be silly? Consider scheduling a play date with your child. Life as a working parent is incredibly challenging. As a child, I was lucky to have a sister to spend my days playing Barbies, school, and the occasional round of X-Men with the neighbors (Yay Jubilee and Rogue!). My parents also played with me, but just as I do now that … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Good Daycare

How to Choose a Good Daycare

Choosing a good daycare can be incredibly overwhelming. Most of the time there are either too many or too few to choose from. How can you know which daycare will be right for you and your little ones? Follow these tips to help speed the process along. Grab Referrals From Friends & Family Does someone you know utilize a daycare provider in your area? How do they like it? Have they had positive experiences there? How do their kids seem to do with the providers? Always be sure to ask … [Read more...]

The Working Mom Road Map

The Working Mom Road Map | Chaos & Kiddos

Welcome to Chaos & Kiddos! If you've just joined us, this is a great place to start. The Working Mom Road Map will give you a better direction as you use the blog to help make your life as a working mom more manageable. If you've been a part of our community for awhile, then this is a great opportunity to check out new features and discover information you may have missed. Be sure to pin the Working Mom Road Map for easy access in the future in case you find yourself on the hunt for a … [Read more...]

How to Fulfill Your Calling

How to Fulfill your Calling | Chaos & Kiddos

I've been grappling with this season of my life lately. Not so much the facts and circumstances, but rather the mistakes I continue to make as I get my bearings in this new normal. I see doors opening before me that I never could have imagined, opportunities to grow and claim a better life for my family just within my grasp...I am immeasurably blessed despite the challenges of the past year. Or maybe better said...because of the challenges of the past year. I am excited, hopeful, relieved, … [Read more...]

Embracing When and How to Say No

Learning When and How to Say No | Chaos & Kiddos

The money question: When you say yes to something you don't want to do, what are you saying no to that you do want to do? This is the reality of embracing when and how to say no. As a working mom with a crazy ambitious professional drive, I spent a good portion of my marriage being a "yes man" to everyone but my family. As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and I realize now that I let my ego get the better of me and pridefully thought I could do it all and have it all. I felt pressure to say yes … [Read more...]