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To Have An Opinion Worth Having

To have an opinion worth having. I’ve been thinking about this phrase for a couple days now. My man-child is starting high school coursework in a couple days. He’s four years away from “legal independence.” But, he’s already on the road to becoming a man. He’s taller than me. He’s growing a mustache. His voice is […]

Energize Me!

photo source Coffee, soda, vitamin supplements. Those used to be the things that I relied on to have the energy to get through the day. Today, believe it or not, I’ve cut down on coffee and I’ve cut out soda completely. Yes, yes, I did. The Daily Vanilla Coke girl gave up her habit. And […]

Potty Training in 10 Days or Less

That’s my last baby when she had just turned two. She turns three this week. It’s amazing how quickly the time has passed. About six month ago, she kissed diapers goodbye, and I entered a new phase of parenting. Oh my. Potty training can seem daunting, particularly when you’re in the midst of it. There […]

How Chores & a School Schedule Mix

photo source If your kids haven’t already, they will be starting school any day now. And with the start of the new school year come all kind of readjustments. And one of those new adjustments would include how to balance home responsibilities with school work and time to play. There are a range of philosophies […]

Can Your Baby Have Too Many Clothes? (Guest Post)

The following is a guest post from Deanna: Is it possible for your baby to have too many clothes? When I was 20 weeks pregnant with my first child, I received a phone call that changed my life. Merely a week before, I had learned that I was going to have a baby girl. My desire to […]

Teaching Kids Responsibility

It seems that toddlers are always willing to help. If you are cooking, cleaning, or otherwise working on a project, chances are a small voice will say, “Can I help?” Of course, it’s when they’re very little that they most want to help but are least able to help you really make a difference. As […]

Teaching Your Kids to Drive Before They Are Old Enough

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?

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, […]