Being a Joyful Leader in Your Home

being a joyful leader - 31 days of joy in motherhood with thishappymom.comI admit that “being a joyful leader in your home” sounds a little odd.  Maybe a little boring.  But it’s been bouncing around in my head for long enough.  It’s prompted some changes in our home that are working.

Mom, what’s your leadership style in the home?

Do you know? Do your kids know? Do you have a vision for how leadership happens in your home?

Being able to get our kids to do what we want is the byproduct (in part) of effective leadership.   And yes – when it happens we feel joy. [Read more…]

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The Happy Mommy Game

I regularly get visits to my blog from people googling “the happy mommy game.”

the happy mommy game - 31 days of joy in motherhood

While I don’t know of an actual formal game for happy moms, it’s kind of fun to imagine what the rules would be.  You might even say it gives me JOY to imagine it.

After musing it over, I’ve come up with several different ideas for the happy mommy game.  Each version is a great way to find some joy in motherhood. [Read more…]

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Singing for Joy (your life deserves a soundtrack)

singing for joyThis morning, I woke up singing for Joy.  Literally.

By the time we were getting dressed, they were singing right along with me.

I hadn’t had my coffee yet, and I am NOT a morning person.  To me, the day just isn’t worth starting until about 10am.  But put the right play-list on, and I’m a dancing fool at 6am.

When I start the day that way, it tends to set the tone for the whole day.  I can tell you right now that it’s going to be a great day at my house because I managed to start it with joy.

Want to know what had me singing in my hairbrush this morning? (my kids joined in on the chorus) [Read more…]

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The Prospect of Joy

the prospect of joyI want to think that my Prospect of Joy is high all the time.  I’d like to think that at any given moment in my life, Joy could happen.  I’d like to think that for you too!

The question is, how can we make that happen?

Remember when we defined Joy earlier this month?  I included a secondary definition for Joy.

the prospect of having what one desires

I started wondering what that looked like.

Prospect has two very different definitions, both of which apply to Joy in Motherhood. [Read more…]

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Express Yourself – Find Joy

express yourself - day 5 of 31 days of joy in motherhoodConfession: When I first jotted down the topic “express yourself” as part of the 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood series, I started singing the Madonna song.

(and as I type this, I’m still singing it.  if you feel a need to put on a super pointy bra and dance around with your underwear outside of your yoga pants, i totally am to blame.  sorry.)

(and if that made no sense, go watch the music video on you tube. but be warned… it IS madonna.)

So how does “express yourself” relate to Joy?

This.Is.So.Cool! [Read more…]

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You Can’t Outsource Motherhood.

It’s true – you can’t outsource motherhood!

I always giggle at the annual report where they calculate the replacement value of a stay at home mom (or what her annual salary would be.)

Have you looked at it? According to Salary.com, I should be paid over $112,000 for 2012.

(updated 2014: Salary.com now provides a custom calculator that allows you to customize your mom salary based on location and number of kids. It even lets you print a “paycheck.”)

That’s nice.

Can someone send me a check? [Read more…]

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Hey – Get off the internet and go play with your kids!

It may sound bossy, but I mean it – go play with your kids!

(if you are keeping count, this is day 3 of the finding joy in motherhood 31 day series.)

I promise you will get more JOY out of playing whole-heartedly with your kids than you will EVER get by reading my blog.

Still here?

I assume that means your kids are asleep or in school.

Because if they are awake and nearby, I was serious.

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My Kids Make Me Laugh – Turkey(s)

My kids make me laugh every single day (when I take time to appreciate them).

I’m convinced that these kind of silly conversations are taking place in YOUR house every day (just like mine.)  But I had to learn to listen for them.

I can promise you – my kids did not walk up and say

Mommy, grab a pencil and paper – we have something funny for your blog.

That would be too easy.

Instead, the little treasures happen at the most inopportune moments. I HAVE to have an ear open for them at all times. (and sadly, there’s no telling how many stories i’ve missed by being too busy or too distracted.)

And that’s the key… [Read more…]

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So What is Joy Anyway?

so what is joy anywaySo what is Joy anyway? Why do I want it? How do I get it?

If I’m writing 31 posts on Finding Joy in Motherhood (and I am), then I’d better explain what I mean by “joy.”

This is the post I’ve been drafting and re-drafting since July.

(that’s three months of dithering, ugh. i pinned a lot of word art on the subjects of happiness and joy during that time.)

I even wrote about what happiness means to me.

Why was this hard to write? [Read more…]

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31 Days of Joy in Motherhood – Day 1

31 Days of Joy in Motherhood – The Series

(If you are new to my blog, you might want to check out my About Me page.  It has a ton of ways to follow my blog and it tells you who I am.  There’s also follow options on the top right corner.  See?)

The list of all 31 days can be found HERE.

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