Teaching Our Kids Optimism


If you could take small steps now to point your child toward a life which would likely include lower stress, better health, more confidence and a more positive outlook, would you be interested?

There benefits of optimism are shown over and over again.  Researchers like Martin Seligman have been studying optimists and pessimists for years, and they have found that an optimistic world view carries certain advantages.  One example:

In a study of 99 Harvard University students, those who were optimists at age 25 were significantly healthier at ages 45 and 60 than those who were pessimists.

There is much to say about the whole nurture or nature philosophy, and one I am learning about with children from 3 different sets of parents all under the same roof.  It is interesting to see how you can influence your child’s tendency toward an optimistic outlook or pessimistic thinking – I do truly believe optimism can be a learned behavior. [Read more…]

Simplify Your Family Life eBook Sale


Do you find yourself overwhelmed with questions, searching for new alternatives to manage your home and family with little success?  Life is busy, chaotic and who has time to search the internet endlessly for great resources?

Whatever season you are in I have a special surprise that you are sure to love! 

If you had available to you a collection of resources that would allow you to simply and effectively make changes in your home, would you want to hear more?

Pssst…… there is!

For 4 days there is a BIG BONUS of over 38 of the best family ebooks and products available on the internet – worth more than $375!  But here is the best part, from Monday, April 16th at 8 a.m. EST to Friday, April 20th at 8 a.m. EST the entire collection is only $29 – more than 90% off the retail value if purchased separately.

Click here to purchase your collection today!





When you purchase the Simplify Family Life collection, you get instant access to each of the 38 ebooks listed below:

Entrepreneurship & Blogging

Blogger Behave by Laura @ 10 Million Miles ($4.99)

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too by Mandi @ Life Your Way ($12.00)

Make Money Blogging by Tara @ Feels Like Home ($4.99)

Tap Into Your Unique Creativity and Self Expression Webinar by Lisa @ WellGrounded Life ($39.00)

Tell Your Time by Amy @ Blogging with Amy ($4.99)

Your Blogging Business: Tax Talk & Tips from a Bookkeeper Turned Blogger by Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger ($4.99)

Food & Cooking

Get Lean Recipe for Success by Nisha @ Healthy Mom’s Kitchen ($37.00)

Got Dinner? by Susan @ The Confident Mom ($4.00)

How To Cook For Yourself: A Complete Beginner’s Guide by Rachael @ Kitchen Courses ($35.00)

Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home ($4.99)

Real Food Basics by Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama ($6.95)

Real Food, Real Easy by Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker ($9.95)

Smart Sweets by Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship ($9.95)

The Everything Beans Book by Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship ($9.95)


2012 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner by Susan @ The Confident Mom ($9.00)

Clean Start: Your Guide to Natural Home Cleaning by Michelle @ Open Eye Health ($4.95)

Complete Printables Download Pack by Mandi @ Life Your Way ($7.00)

Food on Your Face for Acne & Oily Skin by Leslie @ Crunchy Betty ($7.99)

From Debtor to Better by Barry @ Debtor to Better ($15.00)

My Buttered Life {Summer + Gift Giving Editions} by Renee @ MadeOn Hard Lotion ($10.00)

Not a DIY Diva by Melissa @ The Inspired Room ($3.99)

One Bite at a Time by Tsh @ Simple Mom ($5.00)

Marriage & Relationships

A Simple Marriage by Corey @ Simple Marriage ($4.99)

Buck Naked Marriage by Corey @ Simple Marriage ($2.99)

Entangled by Amy @ Permission to Peruse ($4.99)

The A to Z Guide: 26 Ways in 26 Days to a Happier, Healthier Marriage by The Dating Divas ($9.97)

Minimalism for Families

101 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Laura @ Journey to a Simple Life ($9.95)

321-Stop by Lori @ Loving Simple Living ($9.97)

Inside Out Simplicity by Joshua @ Becoming Minimalist ($11.99)

Simple Ways to Be More with Less by Courtney @ Be More with Less ($9.97)

The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Rachel @ The Minimalist Mom ($9.95)

Parenting & Kids

4 Moms of 35+ Kids Answer Your Parenting Questions by the Moms @ 4 Moms, 35+ Kids ($7.99)

Flourishing Spring by Michele @ Frugal Granola ($5.95)

Mindset for Moms by Jamie @ Steady Mom ($4.99)

Nurturing Creativity by Renee @ FIMBY ($3.00)

Parenting with Positive Guidance by Amanda @ Not Just Cute ($9.00)

Truth in the Tinsel by Amanda @ Impress Your Kids ($6.99)

The Simplify Your Family Life Sale is brought to you in part by Plan to Eat, an online meal planning app that makes eating at home simple. Receive an exclusive coupon code on a one-year membership with your purchase!

Click here to purchase your collection today!

The sale ends at 8 a.m. ET on April 20th, and there will be no late sales offered, so don’t wait.

For information on reading these on an e-reader or tablet, and other frequently asked questions, click here.

In full disclosure, I have to say I haven’t read each one of these books, but the handful that I have read have been wonderful!  I can’t wait to read the ones that are new to me!

Look for the Weekly Household Quick Tip tomorrow!

Susan signature




Photo Credit

The End


By Lori Byerly

A common tool in coaching is to “begin with the end in mind.”

What that means is to consider a relationship or role and ask yourself how you want it to “end.”  You might think about what you want your husband to feel about your marriage relationship when you near life’s end or what you want to have imparted to your kids when they reach adulthood (or some other milestone).

This kind of thinking can help you figure out where you want to go and give you some idea of how to get there. It also has a wonderful way of revealing your values, which in turn keeps you nicely focused on what is really important. [Read more…]

Increasing Your Child’s Self-Esteem


“Kind words are short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless” Mother Theresa

One of the most valuable things you can do as a parent is to build your child’s self-esteem.  Self-esteem is the collection of beliefs or feelings we have about ourselves.  How we define or think of ourselves influences our motivations, attitudes, and behaviors and affects our emotional adjustment.

Healthy self-esteem is a child’s armor against the peer pressure and challenges of society.

Kids who feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time handling conflicts, persevering and resisting negative pressures. They tend to smile more readily and enjoy life – isn’t that what you would like for your child?

Patterns of self-esteem start very early in life – beginning when your child is a toddler and develops even more as they get older.  You play a major role in this development – as with most things, it all begins in the home.

There are sure-fire ways to increase your child’s self-esteem and when you take the time to focus on the positive things you see in your child, the negative or troubling things begin to fade away.

Simple ways you can build your child’s self-esteem include:

  • Appreciating your child
  • Tell your child that you love them
  • Spend time with your child
  • Encouraging your child to make choices – this leads to confidence and independence
  • Really listen to your child’s opinion
  • Take the time to explain reasons, when it is appropriate
  • Feed your child daily with positive encouragement – not general  praise, but specific encouragement
  • Encourage your child to try new and challenging activities – this builds perseverance

Recently I was introduced to a wonderful tool that makes it much easier for parents to recognize and record the positive things about those they love.  The “I like book” for kids as well as the “I like book” for couples are perfect for busy families who do not want to miss the opportunity to capture the positive!


The books are easy to use – broken down by 12 months (you can start anytime) and have an entry available for each parent per day.  I love that you can write a short line or phrase for each day and have it as a record to look back on.  Wouldn’t it be fun to look back at these 10 years from now?  I know it will become a treasure that your child will hold close to their heart!

I am thrilled to share that I was given two of the books to giveaway – one for children and one for spouses.  Please leave a comment to enter – share with me one thing you can appreciate about your child today – I can’t wait to read them!  Entries close midnight May 17th and will be announced.

You can find out more about the books at www.theilikebook.com .  They are offering a discount of 40% when you use the code kids2010 when you register at checkout.  Get one at a discount and start investing in your child today!

Photo Credit