Diagnosis Craniosynostosis: Bennett’s Journey

  Bennett’s Journey Birth defect. I remember the first time I heard the words, something inside me felt instantly nauseated. I felt both a rush of fear and anger. Don’t use that term for my baby! He is perfect! It has taken nearly three years for me to be able to utter those words and accept them with grace. So …

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Motivating Your Child Without Meltdowns and Mayhem

The Morning Rush It’s morning at the Kirkbride house, and from the moment the first person stirs, there will be a domino effect for all that happens for the next 45 minutes. The bus arrives at a whopping 6:30 am! And I would venture to say that in a family of 8 we have approximately 2.2 people that are “morning …

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A Whole New Perspective on Discipline

*Today’s article has 2 free resources available for download, check your email or keep reading to find out how to receive them! A New Way to Discipline I don’t know about you, but watching societal trends on discipline can make one’s head spin! Add to that the feeling in the pit of your stomach when someone says discipline, and you …

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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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