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DeAnne Flynn & Emily Watts

May 01, 2012



Funny and Fun thoughts on motherhood you’ll want to share!  From TOFW Presenters DeAnne Flynn & Emily Watts.


Need a Nap?  --DeAnne Flynn

Believing I would readily relate, a weary mother of eight once shared the following story. Although penned by an unknown author, it may strike a very familiar chord with you.

“An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from her collar and well-fed belly that she had a home and was well taken care of. She calmly came over to me, I gave her a few pats on the head; she then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in a corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, she went to the door and I let her out. 

The next day she was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed her spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to her collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful, sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

The next day she arrived for her nap, with a different note pinned to her collar: ‘She lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3.  She’s trying to catch up on sleep…

Can I come over tomorrow?’ ”


Pat Your Back & Toot Your Horn – Emily Watts

I recently read on a young mother’s blog, “There’s quite a culture of being an awesome mom around here. It can be hard to keep up.”

I knew just what she meant. But I also know the remedy. Maybe, if this is your challenge, you’re trying to keep up with the wrong people. I happen to think comparisons are just an exercise in futility anyway, since you can never really know all the factors that should be weighed in the balance, but if you’re going to insist on comparing yourself to someone else, what would happen if you chose a different someone?

In many places and families in the world:

• a meal of vitamin-fortified cold cereal with real milk on it would be a nutritional luxury unheard of—let alone a second meal on the same day of peanut butter on two full slices of bread. (Now do you feel less guilty about what you fed your kids today?)

• nine hundred square feet of living space for a single family would be considered spacious. (I tell my house, “It’s not your fault you were built in this neighborhood. In New York, you’d be a $2,000,000 condo.”)

• children are taken to church two or three times a year. (How does this change your perspective about having spent an hour and a half in the foyer—again?)

When my daughter’s first baby was born, a friend of mine expressed more excitement than I had really expected. He explained his reaction: “It just makes me so happy to think of a spirit child of Heavenly Father getting to come to a family that really wants her, that will love her and take care of her and be so happy she came.” I may not have been able to provide every wonderful thing for my kids—but that kind of love? That, I could do. And that’s the only thing I really need to keep up with.