Category Archives: Parenting

Yesterday’s Giveaway and Where I’m Headed This Spring

If you tried to enter yesterday’s giveaway, you probably ran into a technical glitch when trying to leave a comment!  I’m so sorry!   The problem is fixed now so if you want to enter the giveaway, you can leave … Continue reading

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Why Are You So Stressed As a Parent?

Today’s post is a guest post from my friend, Dr. Meg Meeker. Dr. Meeker has the wisdom of a pediatrician and the heart of a mother. She’s the best-selling author of six book and has appeared on The Today Show, Today … Continue reading

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For My Stay-At-Home Mom Friends

Today’s post is a message of encouragement for at-home moms from Donna Otto. Donna was a keynote speaker at our Hearts at Home conferences in the early years. Her books, including Loving Life As An At-Home Mom, were a source … Continue reading

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Decorate Your Dorm

Last year our youngest headed off to college. Two hours from our home in Central Illinois, Austin started his four years of living in the dorm at Moody Bible College studying communications. In early November, I found myself in the Dollar … Continue reading

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Five Questions To Ask Your Kids After School

One of my favorite times to chat with my kids has always been after school. As an at-home mom, I loved connecting with my kids as soon as they got home. Later as a working mom, I tried to call … Continue reading

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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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