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The Perfect Housewife: A Great American Myth

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When a high school teacher found out she was pregnant with her third child, she did what she had always wanted to do: she quit her job to stay home with her kids. Armed with an idea of what life as a traditional housewife looked like, she “expected to have a spotless house, nutritional, home-cooked meals, happy, pleasant children…” Instead, she found herself with “laundry coming out [her] ears, a never-ending supply of dishes in the sink, and children who alternated from happily playing to yelling at each other every few minutes.”

“What am I doing wrong?” she asked.

Read more at Darling Magazine…

This Is How We Met: The Story Behind Experimental Wifery

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My husband Adam and I met the very first day of college… because I thought he was someone else!

On the hall of my freshman dorm lived a guy. Stefan. He was tall—really tall. His pronounced nose and distinctive accent marked him as clearly Eastern European. Not only was he a tall, dark, and handsome stranger, but he also played the bass guitar (like me!), stunt biked for fun (not like me at all, but awesome), and rode horses on a Colorado ranch every summer. What a guy, right?

Read more at Hopefulleigh…

How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by brothers Chip and Dan Heath may be a best-selling business book, but it is full of lessons to help us be better women and wives. In the book, the Heaths explain how to mediate between our rational minds and emotional minds to break bad habits and build better ones.

Switch is built around interesting stories about people who have changed their companies, and communities. But it is also full of life-changing advice that has helped me, slowly and surely, make my own life better and my home a happier place.

Read more at Modern Mrs. Darcy…

8 Honest Truths from a New Mom

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On the eve of my son’s first birthday, I sat down and reflected on the last year of my life. Even though I’ve wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember, nothing about being a parent has gone the way I expected. Yet after a year with my son, I can say that it’s in those moments when all my hopes and dreams about motherhood are dashed that I learn the most about my son, about being a mom, and about life.

Read more at No Ordinary Homestead…