Raising Kids to Be Mindful of Money (Frugal Friday)

mindful of money

The following post is sponsored by T Rowe Price: I learned at a pretty early age that if I wanted something, I’d have to work for the money to get it. In some ways, that seemed unfair. Other kids certainly didn’t have to scrimp and save like I did. Or at least that’s how it […]

Loving the Woman Who Wants to Be a Mom


Mother’s Day is just a week away. I thought I would bring back this old post of mine from 2008 as a reminder to reach out in love to the women in our midst who may be facing the challenge of not mothering their children. Let’s remember the woman who wants to be a mom […]

Reader Q&A: When Your Family Rules Differ From Your Friends


A reader wrote in with the following question. It’s a good one and one that doesn’t have one “right” answer. I’d love to hear what you think! Question: I’m a newer parent (toddler age) and we are starting to find ourselves in situations with other families where the rules for their children are different from the rules […]

Kids Can Do Laundry

kids can do laundry

Kids can do laundry. Here’s how it’s working at our house. Early one morning as we lay in bed, still waking up, I heard the girls giggling and running to the laundry room which is next to our room. FishChick6 came into our room to grab a chair. “What are you doing?” hubby called. “I’m […]

What Mister Rogers Said

You may have seen the photo circulating of Mister Rogers with this quote, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.” What wisdom the man had! I guess his mom was […]

Allowance? Commission? (Frugal Friday)

Allowance commission

Kids can greatly benefit from practice at fiscal responsibility as well as learning to help out around the house. Should the two be separate or joined? Let’s talk about allowances today. There are some epic questions that one encounters as a parent: Cloth diaper or disposable? Breast milk or formula? Organic or conventional? Allowance, commission, […]

Just Do the Best You Can


When I was younger, life seemed rather straightforward. You grow up, you go to college, you find a job, you get married, you have kids, you live happily ever after. As a woman I see that this is more or less life, but there are lots of hills, valleys, and bumps in the road. As a […]

Better Dental Hygiene for Kids

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Regular dental visits, a better diet, and daily brushing and flossing are the tools to help our kids protect their only set of teeth. It wasn’t until I had my fifth and sixth babies that I ever had cavities. True story. Not sure if it was their female hormones or the years of my daily […]