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Making the Most of Your Parent – Teacher Conference

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Photo Source: conspirator While I grew up attending public school and my parents were both public school teachers, FishPapa and I have chosen a different route. So, I’m so thankful for my friend and LifeasMOM contributor, JessieLeigh, to provide helpful information for those of you who are anticipating Parent-Teacher conferences in the coming weeks. :: […]

Accepting Help with a New Baby

Brother Baby

FishBaby is now no longer a baby. At two years of age, she is walking and talking and getting into all sorts of trouble. But, I well remember the joys and trials of bringing home a new little one. The last two years have flown by! Today Lauren shares with us some suggestions for accepting […]

The Morning High Five

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Wondering how to teach your kids responsibility? Looking for ways to instill good homekeeping skills? Want just a little bit of help around the house? Me, too! Chores are good for kids. Not only do they help them learn home management and responsibility, but having regular household responsibilities gives them a vested interest in the […]

One Clever Potty Seat

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So far we’ve had five out of six children go through potty training. (Graduates shown above.) After some trial and error, we’ve found the toilet seat insert to be the most useful tool. Coupled with a stool to climb on, the toilet seat insert has proven to be the gear our kids needed to get on […]

How to Prevent Toddlers from Napping in the Car

Car Sleeper

Sleeping children are a beauty to behold, especially at home in their beds. I’ve never been a stickler for kids napping at home. I’m okay, in fact, more than okay with car naps on a long drive. Ever sit in bumper-to-bumper LA traffic with a screaming baby? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about…. However, […]

Newly Pregnant? Prepare for The First Trimester – A Guest Post

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Photo Source: LoveJanine Now, before you start congratulating me, no, I am not pregnant. But, my friend Lauren is. She recently found out that she and her husband were expecting their fourth child. What fun! For those of you who experience morning sickness and an otherwise rough first trimester, “what fun” might not be the […]

Memorial Day is More Than Just a Picnic

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When I was a child I considered Memorial Day simply a holiday which interfered with my birthday plans. Inevitably, most of my friends would go out of town for the long weekend, and birthday party attendance was sparse. In later years I thought of it as an odd tradition that older friends had of decorating gravesites […]

To Be More Joyful: Watch Your Words

We’ve all heard about the dangers of the tongue. How we use (or don’t use) our words has a tremendous impact on those around us as well as on our own attituds. How we speak has a direct impact on how much joy we will find in life, especially “life as MOM.”