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    How an Empathy Upgrade is a Valuable Parenting Skill

    I am a mom of three amazing children. They are creative, intelligent, loving, and fun. They are also sensitive, loud, obnoxious, and demanding. As a parent, I walk a tight rope as I manage rules, emotions, and the ins and…

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    How to Ditch the Dress Code and Empower Body Positivity

    My 2021 goal is to read more. I enjoy reading and need to make the effort to do things I enjoy. Looking for lighthearted entertainment, I picked up a middle grade novel recommended by my cousin. Dress Coded by Carrie…

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    How to Provide Freedom and Still Enforce Limits

    We have a teenager in our house. The expression “It’s MY room” comes out often in daily conversation. To which I often reply, “It is MY house!” That being said, I want her to have a space that is hers,…

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    Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms

    As moms, we are going to have rough days. Maybe we feel like we were too harsh with our kids, or maybe we wish we had more money to send them to that private school, or maybe we are just…

  • mom of struggling child

    To the Mom with the Struggling Child – I See You

    The most challenging part of motherhood to date is watching my child struggle. I am not referring to minor frustrations and difficulties, but challenges that permeate all areas of life. For our family, the struggle includes a long list of…

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    Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

    Motherhood is a celebration of firsts. We wait with anticipation for the first smile, laugh, and steps.  The list goes on and on.  What we talk about less often is that motherhood is also filled with a series of lasts.…

  • Why We Need the Family Job Chart

    Five people live in our beautiful house. Five people and all of their stuff fill every corner of our beautiful house. Five people also wear clothes, use dishes, take showers, and brush their teeth in this beautiful house. Because five…

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    How to Keep your Sanity in the Land of Picky Eaters

    We have three children with very different tastes, attitudes, and opinions on food – some may call them picky eaters. I am the one and only mom who plans, shops, and cooks all the meals in our house. We also…

  • Beginning a New Season of Motherhood

    Today marked the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. My two girls started 7th and 2nd grade. Both girls were in new spaces with new teachers, one middle school and the other a lower elementary classroom. In our cozy…