Author Kristina Slaney

  • Kristina Slaney

    "All Mom Does" Blogger

    Kristina has two kids with her husband of nine years. She loves camping, canning, and cooking. She’s learning that the story God is writing for her is better than the one she could ever write for herself, which is a hard lesson to learn, because she also loves planning, security, and predictability. Kristina blogs about her family, work, and life at FamilyWorkLife.com.

 

When Did I Give Up?

It was late Saturday afternoon.  My son had been invited to a birthday party so I threw on a t-shirt, put my hair in a ponytail, and packed up the kids.  I don’t need to waste time getting ready, I told myself.  I’m fine just the way I am.  I attributed my ability to head out to a public social gathering completely unkempt to be a testimony of my confidence.  I didn’t need others’ approval.  I wasn’t that shallow. Read more...

What Is Your Identity?

I’m not gonna lie. If there’s one thing I love hearing more than anything else, it’s that I’m a good mom. I work hard at it - harder than anything else I do in this life. And the recognition feels good. But you know what purpose that recognition primarily serves? Inflating my ego. When I first became a mom, I thought it was an identity. Until I realized I had lost my own, and my complete worth and value (or lack thereof) became hinged upon my success as a parent. It was stressful, especially after I came to understand that “train up a child” is a proverb, not necessarily a promise. I realized that there are no guarantees, even for the very best of parents. Read more...

Should All Kids be Two Years Apart?

I still remember the beautiful, relaxing day I was walking around the zoo with my two-year old boy. I couldn’t have possibly enjoyed that glorious, unhurried day any more. Then I took a moment and looked around. I saw other mommies doing the same, but one thing was different. Their bellies were swollen and pregnant, carrying their toddler’s highly anticipated sibling. And in that moment I felt like I had missed the bus. You know the one. The space-your-kids-two-years-apart bus. My stomach dropped and I wondered if we were doing it all wrong. Read more...

Three Uses For Broccoli Stems

Once I realized how easy it was to get a green vegetable in him, I jumped right onto that train. Over the past four years we’ve eaten a lot of broccoli in our house. A lot. And by “a lot” I mean “sometimes four nights a week.” But here’s the problem with broccoli. When you buy it at the store, they charge you by the pound. Then you go home and cut off the florets, and the stem goes in the garbage. Oh no, friends. I am cheap, and that will not do. I paid good money for that stem, and I will use it. Read more...

My Kid is Better Than Your Kid

As moms, we need to give each other those proud moments. Those victories. And stop being so wrapped up in ourselves that we instead try to steal victories from our friends. Again, myself included. This is a commitment that I will start choosing silence. I want to hear about your cute, brilliant, funny, amazing kids! :) And I won’t bore you with mine. Even though I think that he, too, is cute, brilliant, funny, and amazing. Because he’s mine. Read more...

Grandparents = Free Childcare?

Does anyone else struggle with this? How do you balance fostering a close relationship between your kids and their grandparents without crossing the line and taking advantage? How do you keep the relationship mutually beneficial? And I’d love some insight from the seasoned grandmothers out there! Read more...

Has Family Become My Idol?

I’m going through a bit of an emotional crisis so I’m hoping to pour a few things out to you.  It’s okay to do that now, isn’t it?  We’ve known each other awhile, haven’t we?  Read more...

Finding More Time

And this time, I’d like to invite you to join me. Who will join me for TV-free August? What do you hope you’ll get done with your newly found and efficiently used hours? Will you use them for family togetherness, service projects, housework, or just quiet refreshment? Read more...

Parenting Strategy: By the Seat of My Pants

So now I’m curious – do you have a parenting strategy? An honest-to-goodness, we’ve read this book and discussed it and are wholeheartedly on the same page about following it parenting strategy? When did you start using it, and more importantly – WHAT IS IT? Read more...

It was a wonderful day, was it not?

But then you know what? Life happened again. And we fell back into that day-to-day routine until we realized that we weren’t saying “I still do” nearly enough. And while it wasn’t a marriage-crumbling-around-us crisis point like it had been a few years before, we knew we needed to stop being careless and start being intentional. And start making the right choice. Every. Single. Day. Read more...
  • What's Your Story?

    “That’s it!” Debbie exclaimed as I told her the title of the song she had heard at just the right time the other morning. “I’m gonna go find those lyrics right now!” Read More

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