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Teaching Your Kids to Drive Before They Are Old Enough

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My boys are aged 14, 10, 9, and 7. None of them is of driving age. But, just as I anticipate a significant increase in my grocery bill and household milk consumption over the next ten years, so do I also realize that my blood pressure and patience may be put to the test as […]

Crusts or No Crusts?

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My three oldest children eat the sandwich, crust and all. My three youngest children treat the crust like they would the rind of a watermelon. They eat as far into the sandwich as their chubby cheeks allow and then they discard the rest. Since I hate waste more than I am bothered by picky eaters, […]

Kids, Chores, and MyJobChart.com

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As my family has grown in size and age over the years, one of the challenges has been to make sure that I’m teaching my children responsibility as well as keeping them accountable to those tasks they’ve been assigned. And, boy, it’s a tough job. With my younger ones, the Morning High Five works really […]

Remembering to Say Thanks

I live in a city that has played a large part in US Military history. San Diego is home to naval and marine servicemen and women. Americans who serve our country shop in my Walmart, eat in the same restaurants that I do, travel the same streets. And yet, they become part of the landscape, […]

Pregnancy & Surviving the Heat of Summer

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The following is a post from LifeasMOM contributor Lauren: I’ve been pregnant several times throughout the hot summer months. With morning sickness. In North Carolina. Heat + all-day morning sickness = a hot, irritable mama So what do you do if you are pregnant during those 95+ degree days and you have children who need […]

Baby & Toddler Helps

The Baby Daze is a beautiful time. Crazy, it’s true. But, it’s a special time. Now that I’ve kissed the diaper bag goodbye, I realize what a daze those early months and years truly are. It feels like I’m finally coming out of a fog. What would we do without help from our friends during […]

Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome

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The following is a guest post from Deanna: As a healthy 25 year old, basking in the glow of my first pregnancy, the last thing that I expected to hear from my doctor was that my unborn child had Down syndrome. There are no words that can fully describe the initial devastation, grief and heartache […]

Be Prepared for Emergencies

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photo source You’ve no doubt seen the devastation that has rippled its way through Japan. In other parts of the world, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding have wreaked havoc on the inhabitants there. Natural disasters are an unfortunate part of life. And springtime brings that to mind. I remember when we lived in Kansas the […]