Parent vs. Child

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Hard moments.

They come.

Our children have much power in holding our hearts.  We give it to them freely piece by piece as they grow up.  They smile, we give pieces of our heart. They laugh, we give pieces of our heart.  They say their first word, take their first step, present us with handmade art… Piece by piece, bit by bit, we give it and so it goes…

I never realized the weight of such giving. Until I found myself toe to toe, nose to nose, with a younger version of me Continue reading

May you always be a die-hard fan

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I took my son out on a mom/son date night.  We went out to eat, walked around some shops, grabbed some coffee, and then went for a drive.  We talked for hours about all sorts of things.  The conversation shifted toward the end of the night towards Church, when my 12 year old son shared his own insight on it…  The conversation went like this… Continue reading

When good parenting goes bad… “The talk” Sex, babies, & 4 year olds

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There comes a time in every child’s life when it is necessary for them to sit down with their parent(s) & have “the talk”…  Yes about “where babies come from”.

For my older daughter the time had come. I planned it well.  I put my younger daughter down for a nap.  Sat my beautiful, older, daughter down and we discussed the ins and outs of just how, who, what, and why of all things baby.  It could not have gone better.  She asked questions, I answered honestly. We laughed. We hugged.  It was perfect.

Or so I thought…. Continue reading

Funny and True… a little slice of real life…

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Scene: At the mall, my older children seated at a table quietly reading books, me seated at the play area watching my 3 year old play with the other children… Continue reading

Keep Calm & Parent On… Anger Busters – tips & tricks

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Ever been angry?  Probably not 😉 But, I have!

Being a parent provides multiple opportunities for anger to rear it’s ugly head.  Sometimes I don’t even recognize that I’m irritated, much less angry… that is, until I’m about to *BUST*.  Other times, I can actually feel the tension building inside.  …boiling… stirring… festering… Continue reading

Long braided armpit hair …a great Mommy/Kids date night

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“Would you rather have armpit hair so long it reached to your toes… but you could braid it and you always smelled good… or normal length armpit hair but you always have terrible body odor? “… and so begins our Mommy/Kids date night!

I am always looking for ways to create fun memories with my kids… ones that they will think about long after I’m gone Continue reading

Hello?… Where are you???

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My kids are the hot sauce in my life!  They add that extra *kick* that really makes life special.  Today my youngest, who is prone to random acts of silliness, struck again!

Scene: Bookshelf – we have a shelf where we keep study Bibles/references etc… DaiseyMae, my youngest, takes a stool, walks over to the bookshelf, steps up onto it. She grabs the sides of the bookcase (she is now able to see that bookshelf clearly and peer even behind the books).  She studies the books for a minute… she squints her eyes and keeps searching… she runs her fingers carefully over each book… She gets up on her tip toes, stretches as tall as she can.  I watch as she bends her neck this way and that, carefully looking between all the books… then she sticks her head deep into the bookcase and asks loudly Continue reading

What’s really important…

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Years before our kids were even old enough for pre-k I can remember pouring over countless books, curriculum catalogs, and homeschool forums. I studied learning styles, teaching methods, curriculum approaches, and multiple intelligences. I spent hoards of time listening to lectures, webinars, programs, guessing what my childrens learning styles would be. Then I’d spend months more researching curriculum for what would *best* suit them. I interviewed other homeschool moms, asked lots of questions, and came up with a fool proof plan of attack. Or so I thought…

By the time our oldest was 4, I had his educational path well planned out. I knew what curriculum would be best for him, how to teach him, and how to troubleshoot every possible obstacle from pre-K to college. I was prepared. Sure I was a bit nervous, but how hard can pre-K be? Right?! Wrong… Continue reading