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Toddlers and Trouble

This post was originally posted a year ago when FishChick was getting into mischief 24/7. The day I wrote this, she smeared a whole stick of butter on the living room floor. Holy smokes! I’m pleased to report that she is approaching her third birthday in just a few weeks and is a wonderful help […]

7 Ways to Encourage Your Children

From Life as Mom It would seem that by the time a child reaches about the age of four, he starts to become aware of his mistakes and weaknesses. To be honest, I don’t remember enough from my child development classes in grad school to be able to site the study or the researcher – […]

Kids, Chores, and Routines – A Simple, Yet Crucial Part of Family Management

Photo Source: Pink Sherbet Photography No matter the size of your family, whether you have one child or ten, there will always be work to do. Dishes to wash and put away, laundry to fold, meals to prepare — those things don’t go away. In fact, depending on what interests your teens exhibit as they […]

From the Mailbag, Readers Ask

How did you meet your husband?We met in a trailer park in Carpinteria, CA. He had long hair and an earring and rode a Harley. Ok, seriously. It was at a home group for our church that met in a very nice mobile home park. He did have long hair and an earring — but he […]

Where Joyful and Motherhood Intersect

The corner of Joyful and Motherhood is a beautiful place to be! Ever find that “joyful” and “motherhood” are going in two different directions? Crabby moms? Say it ain’t so! But, reality is that sometimes it is difficult to do all you need to do AND keep a smile on your face. Recently I came […]

Links of Love: Things That Made Me Go, "Hmmm…"

My girl is walking! Can you believe it. Just shy of 14 months this week she took her first “real” steps. And boy is she proud of herself! She has also grown tall enough to pull things down from counters and tables. It’s only a matter of days before her brothers have her swinging from […]

Nothing is Forever

So this past week when I walked into my new-to-me, neighborhood Albertsons, I was taken back immediately to this day in my life: This Albertsons has the exact same floor plan as the store that I worked in when I was sixteen years old. Who knew when I was this “bag girl” so many years ago […]

TGIF: Have a Pow-Wow (& Some Moving Misc.)

I don’t know where I first read about having a “pow-wow” with your kids. But, it stuck with me. And though it’s a little corny, it helps to open lines of communication. Ever since the first FishBoy could talk, our bedtime routine has involved discussing the best and worst parts of his day. You probably […]