Category Archives: Parenting

Is It The End or The Beginning?

Perspective. It is the way we see something. It’s the compass for our emotions. It’s the change we sometimes need to get our head and our heart in a better place. Perspective is something moms need every August as we … Continue reading

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The Chore Timecard

Pay for chores? Not pay for chores? Ah the debate. Over 30 years of parenting, we’ve been all over the map on this issue.  We’ve done allowance, we’ve done no allowance. We have tied allowance to chores. We’ve separated allowance from … Continue reading

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Sparkler Safety

Do your kids enjoy using sparklers for the 4th of July?  If you have little ones who are afraid of the sparks, use a paper cup to protect their hand!

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10 Summer Activities to Do With Your College Student

Yes, they’re big enough to be on their own. Yet, they’re still home. You know your time having them home is limited. No matter whether they are working, home between college semesters, or just trying to figure out what to … Continue reading

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10 Summer Activities to Do With Your Teen

Your teens and pre-teens seem independent at times, but they still need some ideas to stay busy through the summer! These frugal, fun activities will keep the brain cells growing, give an alternative to screens, and help change up the … Continue reading

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10 Summer Activities to Do With Your Gradeschooler

We’re a month into summer and you’ve already heard some “I’m bored!” comments. We’ve got you covered! Here are some fresh ideas for frugal, fun activities to do with your gradeschooler! 1. Plant. If you don’t have a garden, get … Continue reading

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10 Summer Activities To Do With Your Preschooler

It’s the lazy days of summer, but there’s nothing lazy about summer when you have a preschooler! Need some ideas to change up the routine? Here are 10 frugal, fun summer activities to do with your preschooler: 1) Egg Hunt. … Continue reading

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10 Summer Activities To Do With Your Baby

Got a little one?  Life with a baby is usually one of routine. However, you can change it up to benefit both you and your little one! Need some ideas? Here are 10 summer activities to do with your baby: … Continue reading

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When Mom Is Sick

It was one year ago today that I finished six months of treatment for triple-negative breast cancer. Twelve months later, my hair has returned, my body is no longer swollen from steroids, I’m declared cancer-free, and I’m able to bring encouragement … Continue reading

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10 Summer Sanity Savers Every Mom Needs to Know

It’s the first week of June and for many of us, the first week of summer break. Every mom needs some strategies in place to make the summer a positive experience for everyone. Today I offer you 10 sanity savers you can put … Continue reading

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Too Many Choices?

Today’s post is another wonderful excerpt from Dr. Kathy Koch’s newest Hearts at Home book, Screens and Teens. If you’re looking for a summer reading selection for you or you and your spouse, consider Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids … Continue reading

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You Have The Power To Inspire!

She played the same three measures of music over and over again, hoping that one of these times would help her remember the next part of the song. She persevered, but then I saw the wetness at the corner of … Continue reading

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Are You Comparing Your Insides to Kate’s Outsides?

I’m guessing that nearly every mom has done it sometime over the past three days. It’s easy to do. It’s human nature. Women, particularly, are experts at this kind of comparison:We tend to compare our insides to other women’s outsides. … Continue reading

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