When we’re in charge, but not in control

Pandemic or not, we do whatever it takes. We go to work (those of us whose jobs must go on). We figure out unemployment insurance (those of us whose jobs have paused). We sing “Wheels on the Bus” (again), clean sweet potatoes from the computer screen (again), and dissect Thinking Putty from the puppy’s eyelashes […]

Open Table Mentoring Update and Invitation

Why me? Why now? In these uncertain times, many of us are wondering how to connect and serve more deeply. During these weeks when you may have some extra time on your hands, we welcome you to take a moment to learn about an exciting and meaningful team-based mentoring model that we have recently launched […]

Best places to cry.

Chopping Onions Again? Parents cry. A lot. It’s not that we’re overly dramatic, it’s just that little people come with lots of…drama. All-nighters. Emergency rooms. Biting. Unexpected expenses. Alarming rashes. Weird smells emanating from unidentifiable sources. Then, after a long day of ordinary dramas, we settle onto the couch with our snuggle-bug for a bedtime […]

2020 Mother’s Day Tea Celebrating Mountain Home’s 20th Anniversary!

COVID-19 UPDATE: Mountain Home will continue to monitor the public health situation in order to make an informed decision in the next couple of weeks as to if we can host this event on April 23rd. In the meantime: -Please RSVP if you are interested in attending — we will make sure all who RSVP […]

Should we abandon our New Year’s Resolutions yet?

THIS YEAR WE WILL…. Eat fewer chocolate-covered espresso beans and more actual beans. Stick with a sleep strategy for our exasperatingly adorable night owls. Reconnect with an estranged family member. Set compassionate boundaries with someone who needs it. But January’s almost over and wellll…maybe next year?? Most of us go into the year with great […]

Parenting decision-fatigue. It’s a thing.

Cheerios or lunchbox scraps for breakfast? Should I first look for the hairbrush under the bed or behind the trashcan? Do I have time for a real shower or just a quick scrub under the armpits? Parents make hundreds of decisions every day, often before we even leave the house. And that’s not even counting […]

Dear inner critic: you are only partly right

We all have critics. Especially as parents, it can feel that everyone suddenly has a strong opinion about what we’re doing wrong. Our third cousin from Kansas. Our former co-worker at the drive-thru coffee stand. That dude in the check-out aisle at Target. But for many of us, the most vicious critic is the one […]

Know when to walk away. Know when to run. (Literally.)

The chorus to a 1978 country song might not seem like the obvious place for sage parenting advice, but parents, take heed! Is there a better skill then knowing when to walk away from a wailing tot to give everybody a minute to cool down? Or when our eight year old discovers a baby skunk […]

Want to be part of building a community of support through Open Table?

Mountain Home is excited to launch an intensive team-based mentoring program called Open Table this fall. Open Table is a proven model that is currently being implemented in 28 states, with Montana being the 29th  as Mountain Home joins the movement. Although Open Table originated in the faith community, tables have been launched by many […]

Want to be a great parent? Master the art of making mistakes.

We know that everyone makes mistakes, but for some reason many of us feel our shame uniquely, as though we are the first and only person to have our portable stroller collapse while jay-walking across a four-lane. And worse, we worry that our mistakes will have life-long impacts on our child. Because we missed the […]