The One Tool Every Family Needs Going Back to School

You’ve done your school shopping. Maybe you even implemented a couple new school traditions. But you are left to wonder how you can pull off a school year that is smooth and enjoyable, not riddled with chaos and frustration. Knowing the busy and hectic schedules that await causes you some concern. I understand! That’s why I’d like to share the …

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The Best-Ever Back-to-School Tradition

Summer is ending and with that comes a whole myriad of emotions for parents. Maybe you feel a sense of accomplishment with all that you’ve done with your family and friends. Perhaps you feel a little dread that the school year is looming and anxious about the busyness that awaits. You might feel a little relief, that the kids who …

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8 Tips For A Great Family Vacation

While getting ready for our recent family vacation, I was thinking through some of the things we have tried over the past 20 years of parenting. One might say we’ve had a lot of trial and error experiences! And over the course of the last 20 years, we have vacationed with a differing number of children, as we added children …

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Understanding Grief After Child Loss

The excited mother waits patiently to see that tiny beating heart of the baby she so eagerly anticipates. The ultrasound tech moves the wand, and with a swift tick of the clock and few words, this mother’s excitement changes to shock as the outline of that baby becomes her final memory. Never would she have imagined that this baby would …

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4 Ways to Foster Patriotism in Your Family

Patriotism. What is patriotism? Googling it gave me a definition:  the quality of being patriotic; devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country. Not exactly helpful. I’ve heard that Pinterest is becoming one of the most widely used “search engines” so I decided to check there. I was greeted by a few quotes about patriotism, some cute patriotic outfits, and …

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Three Things to Ask As You Watch Your Child Grow Up

I sat in the quiet church waiting, as I have nearly every week of my life. The front was set up beautifully. The music played quietly. The people all sat motionless, waiting. But unlike all other weeks, my thoughts were racing. I wasn’t here for the usual church service. I was here for a wedding. This was not just any …

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Five Things I Hope to Teach My Son…

Before He Becomes A Man and A Husband   For those who know me or my family, you might know this past week was a big week in our lives. For those that may not know us as well, I’ll fill you in! We have seven kids. We have 6 boys and one girl smack dab in the middle of …

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Your Best Summer Ever

Five Practical Tips to Make This The Best Summer Ever School’s Out! There are as many emotional responses to that as there are parents that hear it! Maybe your body surges with a bit of trepidation or anxiety. Maybe your mind races with all the adventures awaiting. Maybe your heart swells with joy at the thought of having all your …

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#DToo

What is It? 19 million people are affected by it, and nearly 10 percent of the population experiences it in any given year. As many as 1 in 33 children, 1 in 8 adolescents, and 1 in 5 adults has it. Only 1/3 of those experiencing it will seek help. Considering that more than 80-90% of those seeking help report …

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Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health. There seems to be a bit of a stigma surrounding those two words, yet many don’t realize the extent to which people are truly affected by them. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to shed a little light on mental health.    Effects of poor mental health on everyday situations   …

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