I started this blog in the winter of 2010. My kids were little. My son was five, and my daughter 3.
Looking back at that period, I realize a lot of my time and energy was spent trying to add structure to my days.
For me, that meant activities. Creating and doing activities gave me a task that could be completed and helped me feel like I had actually accomplished something.
Building on that love of activities, this site was born. It started as A Mom with a Lesson Plan.
This blog and my story were completely wrapped up in my kids. My story is still wrapped up with my kids, except it’s not.
It’s about me. And how being a parent has helped me become a better person.
I’ve spent these first 13 years of parenting figuring out how to navigate this overwhelming time. It requires a sometimes unnerving mix of structure and flexibility.
Along the way, I have learned how to sort through the abundance of parenting information to find the strategies that work for our family and block out everything else.
I’ve nurtured a confidence that allows me to remain calm in the face of parenting challenges.
I’ve learned to put myself at the beginning of the day and carve out me time (even if it’s right in the middle of the chaos).
And probably most important, I’ve learned how to make a realistic to-do list that leaves me feeling productive at the end of the day.
I’ve also uncovered a passion for building parents up along the way.
That is how the switch to Confidence Meets Parenting came about. I’ve turned the planning and creating I love so much toward you.
And I invite you to join us.
Wherever you are.
If you’re barely holding your head above water and you need a life raft. Welcome.
If you could just use a little confidence boost. Welcome.
If you feel you have a good handle on this parenting stuff and would like to be around some other people who love parenting. Welcome.
Wherever you are. Welcome!
Jill Riley created her blog ConfidenceMeetsParenting.com to help other parents build their confidence one moment at a time. The main focus of her blog is laughter, connection, and celebration of all the small wins.