Falling for Gratitude

Kiddos are at school, the daylight hours are shortening, and everywhere I turn pumpkin is the flavor of the day.   Yes, the season of fall is at hand.  In addition to these signposts, stores and Instagram offer suggestions of how one is to decorate for this time of year.

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Jordan Langdon
Navigating ADHD at Home

The beginning of a new school year, although I really want it to be as exciting and happy as I remember from my childhood, is usually really stressful for our family.  As we were approaching the start of school, I started to panic a little. I already knew that it would be hard for him to make and maintain friendships and that he would be slow with schoolwork and all the other fun things that come with ADHD.  He knew it too, but God bless him, he was still so optimistic (I love that kid). So I took a page out of his book and grabbed on to his optimism and added my ability to imagine a good future and started to work on our HOW.  

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Jordan Langdon
Grandparent Memories and What's to Come

Fast forward many years… and my husband and I have four kids ranging in age from two to twelve.  We live 1 mile from my parent’s doorstep. My kids are growing up in a completely different grandparent environment from the one I knew as a kid. And it makes me wonder so many things...

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Jordan Langdon
New School Year Puts Our Lessons to the Test

Not only was this the first chance I’d had to get a word in edgewise in weeks, it felt like one of those moments I needed to come up with something really fatherly to say. I figured the growing tension of this lengthening silence called for some profound speech about sensitivity and acceptance. I got into character. She needed to know, no matter what, that she should not call attention to her classmate’s prosthetic leg. She needed to know that she should just ignore it and talk to him like he’s any other kid. Yep, it was all coming together in my head. I didn’t have it all, but the silence was killing me so I began to speak and …

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Jordan Langdon
How Does She Do It All?

I ask myself these questions: Who is actually going to come over to the house today or maybe any day this week to see this mess of ours and can’t personally relate? Can dusting be put off one more week or one more day so I can get a power nap or run an errand that has higher priority? Would anyone notice if my floors aren’t mopped? Can I live with laundry being on the couch in piles until tomorrow?

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Jordan Langdon
What Is Your Family's BHAG?

It’s easy to dream of a BHAG for myself. The goals I want to aspire towards for my professional life, for life as a mom, for life with my spouse, where I want to be in 10 years, my consistent workout routine, my 5 star meal planning, where I want to travel to, the clothes I want to buy, my pinterest house decor I want, the car I’d like to drive, etc.  

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Jordan Langdon
Back to School: Self-Reliance and Responsibility

So far, I’ve managed to send my daughter off to school without her homework once every school year. When she was in first grade and lived to hang upside-down from the monkey bars, I sent her to school without the requisite shorts under her skirt. When she started wearing glasses, it took at least six months for me to recognize that something was missing when we left the house in the morning.

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Jordan Langdon
Summer Chaos: Plan to Pause and Do Good

One year, for my daughter’s birthday party she chose to help a local animal shelter. She asked her friends to bring dog and cat toys, in lieu of gifts. We personally delivered the toys to the shelter and then toured the facility to see all the animals. She paid it forward to bring joy to animals instead of escalating the stuffed animal explosion in her room.

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Steve Markel
Mom Dilemma - To Snooze or Not to Snooze

In place of easing into the dawn of a fresh new day with thoughtfulness and intention, I’m thrown right into a barrage of questions that include meal planning, play dates and the recollection of supposed-promises that are in need of settling that very moment, regardless if my eyelids have unveiled my pupils.  I do well under pressure, however I do NOTHING without a cup of coffee of 5 minutes to prepare myself for the day.  

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Jordan Langdon