Connie Sokol

March 15, 2012 10:05 PM MDT
You can balance the roles of woman, wife, and mother by actively and daily choosing who will do what and what won’t get done. Try a few of these suggestions to decrease the stress in your life while helping your children prepare for adulthood.
2 Min Read
February 07, 2012 05:07 AM MST
In Shaunti Feldhahn’s book For Women Only, the author asked 400 Christian men, ages 21 to 75, in a national survey what they wished their wives knew, but couldn't tell them. They could have said anything, and did—more understanding, respect, sex, and taking care of herself. But even when a man could have finally had the ultimate say, the number one thing he wished his wife knew was this: how much he loved her.
3 Min Read
January 11, 2012 04:21 PM MST
Making a life change doesn't have to seem overwhelming. It simply takes a subtle shift in mindset and a few keys to successful goal-setting.
3 Min Read
December 19, 2011 02:59 PM MST
Only a few days to go and we’re awash with “Now 80% Off!” “Hurry—Shop Today!” and the most dreaded, “Are you ready for Christmas?” Relax. What hasn’t been done so far probably wasn’t that crucial. And what remains that is vital can be done more happily with a few of the following ideas.
3 Min Read
December 08, 2011 05:03 AM MST
Despite our lack of time, energy, or planning (perhaps you’ve put off holiday shopping as long as I have), giving a meaningful gift doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming. It’s about sharing the real you or blessing someone’s life with a simple act. It’s the gifts of forgiveness, love, or peace (or not sending that sequined cowboy hat).
3 Min Read
October 20, 2011 04:03 AM MDT
A few years ago I noticed a shift in my fourth-grade son. Typically talkative, he had become slightly withdrawn, moody, and just less himself. Ironically—and thankfully—at the time I was reading Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages of Children. After thinking about his personality, I felt compelled to use more verbal and physical ways of connecting. When we talked about his school day I mussed his hair, rubbed his shoulder, or simply touched his arm. Within a few days, I couldn’t believe the difference—he was back to himself.
3 Min Read
September 15, 2011 04:03 AM MDT
Years ago I was asked to do a radio show for KSL/Bonneville Communications. At first my head said no—I was a stay-at-home mother and couldn’t do a daily 3–6 p.m. job. But my soul said, “Wait.” After agreeing to meet later to discuss it—and a great deal of prayer and confusion in between—I met with their representatives. Within five minutes of talking with those wonderful people I felt the answer. Being my bold self, I told them I couldn’t do what they were asking, but I could do 12–3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as that’s when my baby napped. I still remember them looking at each other as one said, “Job share.” And that’s what happened. Three hosts instead of one, all doing it part time so we could focus first on our families.
4 Min Read
September 08, 2011 04:05 AM MDT
Sometimes I observe women—at church, the grocery store, the park playground. And single or married, what I most often see is a plethora of the “Mom Stance”—hands on hips, furrowed brow, and NO SMILE. It plagues us all, this serious business of daily living. Even Sister Julie B. Beck shared in a talk from the 2010 Women’s Conference that as she lamented what she could do better, her daughter said, “You could smile, mother. You could smile.”
3 Min Read
September 01, 2011 04:02 AM MDT
It begins: the papers, the lunchboxes, the assignments and lunch calendars. And so does your trauma of where to put it and how to track it.
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