What’s it really like?

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The other day, I had to laugh. A friend told me that she sees me as a calm mother. While I was flattered, it really made me wonder how on earth she got that idea. Unfortunately, I’m sure my children would have a different attitude about my usual level of calmness. But it really made [...]

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A playgroup is really a mommy support group

An early playgroup. Audrey is the baby at the bottom left.

When I brought tiny Audrey home from the hospital almost 11 years ago, I was completely overwhelmed. I was suddenly responsible for this fragile, precious creature. Somehow I would have to not only keep her alive, but help her learn and grow for the next 18 years! When she was two months old, I knew [...]

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Helping your child make new friends

Making new friends

Somehow, after six years in our elementary school, two older sisters with multiple friends who have younger siblings, three kindergarten classes, and five children at our school from her preschool class, Sydney has not one child in her class that she knew before school started. Her best buddy, O, is in the classroom next door. [...]

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Sunday comics

When I was a kid, I loved to read the Sunday comics section of the newspaper. My favorites were Family Circus, Foxtrot, and Baby Blues. What can I say? I even liked big families as a kid! I also liked Nancy, Garfield, and Dennis the Menace, and who could forget Peanuts? My brother liked Calvin [...]

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How to set up a treasure hunt

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Whether it’s a birthday party, The Amazing Race, or just for fun, everyone loves a treasure hunt. It’s easy to set up a treasure hunt for your kids, and it’s a fun summertime (or anytime) activity. First, choose something to be the treasure. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, because the hunt is really [...]

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Cooking with kids

Julias Child

My kids love to “help” me cook. Audrey, my 5th grader, can actually help around the kitchen. Last summer, I taught her how to make tacos so there is one meal that she is able to make from start to finish without help. I really need to teach her some more dinners! Georgia, my 2nd [...]

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How good is good enough?

I have always been a rule follower. I like to know what to expect and what’s expected of me in any given situation. I feel safe when everything is laid out for me, like a check-off list for living. But all too often, there is no check-off list, no list of rules to follow, or [...]

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It’s not pushing if she’s running ahead

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One of the best parts about motherhood has been watching my children develop their personalities as they grow. I love seeing what their likes and dislikes are, the things that interest them, motivate them, and challenge them. It can be a stretch for me when they are drawn to things that wouldn’t necessarily interest me [...]

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This life I’ve been given

When I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to have a big family someday. I was the oldest of two and from a young age I loved little children. I remember, as a fifth or sixth-grader, deciding that I wanted six kids and even picking out long, flowing names for each of [...]

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You’re Already Amazing: Review

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I don’t know about you, but it is awfully easy to get caught up in trying to do it all. And I don’t know about you, but I know I just can’t. I can’t keep the house perfect, I can’t cook the perfect meals, I can’t make my children behave perfectly, I can’t have a [...]

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