Author: Sarah Bragg

Discipline vs. Punishment

Do you remember how you felt after your first child arrived? If you were like me, you felt a mixture of bliss and fear. Not only was I happy to finally have this baby, but I was also quite afraid. Afraid of not doing it right. Everything was new and unknown. And there wasn’t a playbook for raising my kid. Because apparently every kid is different. Once I got past how to get the baby to eat or to sleep, I remember becoming uneasy and nervous about what to expect when it came to disciplining our first child. I...

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Surviving Parenthood

If you knew what was involved in parenting, would you still go back and choose to do it? I’ll be honest, most days I would say, “no.” I would say that I’m clearly not cut out for this. In fact, parenting isn’t in my strength-finder results. If I had a boss in this job, I would have already been fired. Parenting is just so hard. And because parenting is hard, it pushes us in ways we never thought. I can’t tell you how many people tell me that they never thought they were an angry person until they had...

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Be Kind to Yourself

It doesn’t take long to realize that we tend to develop our identity based on our behavior. That’s true for your life and for your kid’s life. If we have gold stars for behavior, then we believe we have a good identity. And if we mess up or fail, then we believe those behaviors define our identity, too. We hear statements from our kids and in our own heads, like . . . “I’m a failure.” “I’m a screw-up.” “I’ll never get it right.” “I’m unlovable.” These are statements we would never say to someone we love, yet we...

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How to Find Refreshment In The Middle of Summer

Think back to what summer was like before you had kids. Do you remember the glory of it? The late start to the day. Creating your own schedule. Taking actual vacations? (Because let’s be honest, a day at the beach with kids is not really a vacation. It’s more like an episode of Baywatch minus the swimsuit body.) Summers used to be about recharging. Taking time off from the daily grind in order to come back refreshed. I think the people who need refreshment the most are parents, yet it’s sometimes most difficult for parents to find it. Instead, you find yourself...

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When Your Daughter Asks “Do I Look Fat?”

Do I look fat? My mother probably heard that phrase more times than she could count. Every other thought in my head as a nine-year-old was about my image. My first diet happened at that age. At age ten, I was called fat at a pool party. I can vividly remember the embarrassment from being weighed at school during PE in the fifth grade. For the love, why do schools do that? I’ve heard it said that children determine their worldview—how they see the world—by the age of nine. All of those moments for me were the foundation on...

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