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Why I’ll Never Say “Just Wait Until He Is Older!”

I will never ever tell you "If you think it's bad now just wait until he/she/they're teens!" Why not? First of all, it's completely unhelpful to a mom of young children to put dread and fear in her mind of something that is probably a decade away and not written in stone. Second, a lot… Continue reading Why I’ll Never Say “Just Wait Until He Is Older!”

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My Kids’ Opinion of Media Fast Week

On the last day of our media fast, I interviewed my children, asking about their experience and impression of the week. Here are their answers. I found them both insightful and amusing. Interview with the 15-year-old 1) At the beginning of the week, how did you feel about going media free? Annoyed about another one… Continue reading My Kids’ Opinion of Media Fast Week

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A Mother’s Day Message for All Women

To those who gave birth this year to their first child —we celebrate with you. To those who lost a child this year —we mourn with you. To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains —we appreciate you. To those who experienced loss this… Continue reading A Mother’s Day Message for All Women

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Why I Recommend a Media Fast

No children were harmed in the making of this post. I promise. Although my children seemed quite emphatically convinced that they may not survive five days with no media or internet, I am happy to report that my family is all alive and well --and perhaps even better for the experience Opinions vary on the… Continue reading Why I Recommend a Media Fast

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I’m a Real Mom: Coming to Grips with Disabled Motherhood

I got up before my children this morning and made breakfast for them.   This happens about 3 or 4 times a year.   I usually don't have the energy to do this.   Mornings are not my best time of day. Today --for just a little while-- I felt like a real mom. The… Continue reading I’m a Real Mom: Coming to Grips with Disabled Motherhood

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Why I’m Not Sending My Child To Summer Camp

My husband and I met while working at a Christian day camp. My dream in high school was to run my own camp, however, God had other plans for my life. But, when the topic of summer camps comes up I get uncharacteristically quiet. I've friend asked me point blank if I would send my… Continue reading Why I’m Not Sending My Child To Summer Camp

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Oxygen Mask Theory: Mamas, Let’s Take Better Care of Ourselves

Mamas,  I'm gonna be honest with you. We are guilty of not taking care of ourselves. I'm not talking about makeup or hairstyles. I'm not talking about spa days or girl's nights out --although I'm in not necessarily opposed to those. I'm talking about taking care of our physical and mental health. Let me tell… Continue reading Oxygen Mask Theory: Mamas, Let’s Take Better Care of Ourselves

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Authoritative Parenting vs. Grace-filled Parenting vs. Worldly Parenting

I’ve noticed that there are three basic parenting styles. We tend toward one style or another. Sometimes don’t even know that we are subscribe to one specific style. Your parenting style is a reflection of your world view. Grace-filled parenting style requires that you walk in faith and give unconditional love and unearned grace to… Continue reading Authoritative Parenting vs. Grace-filled Parenting vs. Worldly Parenting

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The Challenging Child

Today is my son's 15th birthday (as I'm writing this), so it seems fitting that I should write about him and about my experience being his mother. My oldest was born fussy, resistant, demanding, and opinionated. He had opinions before he had words to express them. I co-slept and babywore with my oldest long before… Continue reading The Challenging Child

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When You Feel Like You’re Drowning

We all sat in a circle around a too-short coffee table. I was surrounded by a bunch of young moms, most of them in their early twenties. I sat happily sipping my tea and visiting. One mama bounced a fussy baby on her knee, nervously glancing around hoping the teething baby's fusses weren't bothering anyone.… Continue reading When You Feel Like You’re Drowning