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 […]

Are you stuck in a loop? (And would you know if you were?)

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results.” That’s often misattributed to Einstein (along with many other proverbs), but the wisdom holds. At some point, we all find ourselves living a sequence of habits that consistently cause more harm than good. Let’s say that last night […]

What was I thinking?!? Strong Moms News, June 2019

There’s a reason why many of us struggle to eat right or exercise or stay sober or simply floss our teeth, and it’s not lack of information. In fact, many behavior specialists use a “two brain” metaphor to describe the driving forces behind how and why we do the things we do. One of the […]

This Mountain Home Staffer is Running Like a Mother!

Mountain Home is teaming up with Runner’s Edge this Mother’s Day, May 12, for a fun-run 5K called “Run Like a Mother.” In the short interview below, a Mountain Home Case Manager shares with us why she’s excited to run, and why you should be, too! (Sign up now here!) Can you tell us a […]

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Out of the Wreck I Rise: Strong Moms News V. 16

Recovery is the hero’s journey. Sometimes having a baby is enough motivation for someone to stop drinking for good. “You want to wake up in the morning and not feel sick and wincing at what happened the night before…Now I’m woken up by my kid’s foot in my face.” (Edie Falco, The Daily Beast.) Unfortunately, […]