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Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

O Christmas Tree! Safety Tips for Families with Small Children

Christmas time can be an exciting one for families with small children. But, it can be full of mishaps because small children are, well, small. They’re inquisitive. They want to explore their world. They want to get into stuff. And boy, is that Christmas tree an enticing thing to explore. As parents we can fight […]

How to Cook With Kids (Or Inspite of Them) During a Big Cooking Day

Those who know us well know that the FishFam loves to eat. Everyone in the family loves good food and all enjoy cooking. My home is full of little chefs. Case in point: Saturday afternoon FishBoy7 surprised us all with a HUGE platter of PB&J — on sourdough — about an hour before dinner. At first […]

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 – Give them a High Five!

Looking to help your kids accomplish chores and achieve routines? A Morning High Five and a Bedtime High Five can help! 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 — […]

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 […]