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The Proper Use of Children
Entertainment Parenting

The Proper Use of Children

My daughters brought up dinner to my husband and I, who were enjoying a few minutes of free time. Dinner...
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Podcasts That You Must Let Your Kids Listen To
Entertainment Parenting Reading

Podcasts That You Must Let Your Kids Listen To

Whether you’re looking for a cute bedtime story or something to keep them out of mischief on that long drive up to grandma and grandpa’s place, you can’t go wrong with a good podcast.
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Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 2 of 2)
Entertainment Parenting Reading

Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 2 of 2)

Part of the movie-watching-fun is watching the older movies together with the re-makes or re-boots. For example, It's interesting to observe the roles of women in the older movies versus modern movies through my kids' eyes.
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Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 1 of 2)
Entertainment Parenting

Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 1 of 2)

Popular Culture today is big on all of the fantasy-type heroes that my generation grew up idolizing. Now that my generation are adults, we are excited to see our youth modernized with expensive badassery (is that a word?).
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What Your Teen NEEDS to Know About Taxes
Mike's Money Minute Parenting

What Your Teen NEEDS to Know About Taxes

It's March, and the tax season is upon us. More than just upon us, it's mere weeks away from T-day.  You've thought about your taxes; have you thought about what your teen needs to know about taxes?
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How to Start the School Day Without Wishing it was socially acceptable to drink before 7 am… most days.
Discipline Leadership Organization Parenting Relationships

How to Start the School Day Without Wishing it was socially acceptable to drink before 7 am… most days.

In all honesty, if you want peaceful mornings (on most days), then you have to take responsibility for them. Any good coach will tell you that you can't expect greatness from your players if you don't do tough work yourself. This is what we do to survive mornings...
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Reliving Your Childhood (Over and Over…)
Discipline Parenting Relationships

Reliving Your Childhood (Over and Over…)

While it is important to live in the present, we should also remember what it was like when everything was wonderous, when you were vulnerable in the big wide world, and when you were unsure of your place in the world.
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It’s the Little Things that Make It Count
ALS Parenting Relationships

It’s the Little Things that Make It Count

My mom lifted the 2 month old up so that he was in my dad's direct line of vision. She said, "Would you be working right now if you didn't have ALS?" My dad blinked, to indicate Yes. She continued, "I would be working too. Then we both would have missed out on all this."
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Should I Have Another Baby?
Entertainment Parenting Pregnancy

Should I Have Another Baby?

In every family, there are pros and cons to child-bearing, no matter how big or small your family is. I've always believed that the only consideration should be love: Are you willing to unselfishly love a new addition? If you are, then everything else can be problem-solved.
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Lenten Sacrifice Ideas for the Whole Family
Parenting Reading Relationships Spirituality

Lenten Sacrifice Ideas for the Whole Family

What are you giving up for Lent? This question floats around my family every February as much as "What do you want for Christmas" does in December. Ideally, the small spiritual changes that we get into the habit of doing these 40 days of Lent become lifetime habits.
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Using Car Time Wisely
Parenting Relationships Spirituality

Using Car Time Wisely

Some days it seems like I spend more time in my car (shuttling kids around) than out of it, so I need to do what I can with the time & place I have.  My point is, I've learned the importance of using car time wisely.
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Zombies, Run! Board Game: The Rundown
Entertainment Parenting Relationships

Zombies, Run! Board Game: The Rundown

My favorite thing about the game was playing as a team with my kids to complete certain objectives. This means everyone is involved all of the time, instead of always waiting for a turn.
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Mom Hack for the Kitchen Table
Organization Parenting

Mom Hack for the Kitchen Table

Keeping any surface in our house clean for any length of time is a challenge. It's like the newly cleaned counters and table tops scream:
"Look! There's a space to put your junk here! Oh, the floor? Sure, throw some things on the floor, but put something sticky on me too!!"
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Large Family Dentist: 3 Must Haves
Organization Parenting

Large Family Dentist: 3 Must Haves

While good dental hygiene is important to me, I mainly take the kids so someone else can shame them into brushing their teeth. I enjoy when my kids have to hear the same lecture I've given a million times from their snarky hygienist.
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New Year’s Resolutions or Not-So-New Excuses?
Health Leadership Parenting

New Year’s Resolutions or Not-So-New Excuses?

Identify Your New Year's Resolutions (a.k.a. Goals) What would you like to make a top priority in your life? What has stopped you from achieving this goal in the past? What steps can you make to set yourself up for success? It's not too late to make a plan!
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Tips from a Single Dad for Single Parents
Discipline Organization Parenting Relationships

Tips from a Single Dad for Single Parents

Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids.
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Best Toys you can DIY with your Kids
Entertainment Relationships

Best Toys you can DIY with your Kids

DIY projects are healthy, creative exercises for your children which will teach them to cherish work more than the thing itself.
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Christmas Decorations: I Just Can’t
Entertainment Parenting

Christmas Decorations: I Just Can’t

The youngest seems to spend half his free time sneaking ornaments onto the tree, and the other half taking them off again. 
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Celebrating With ALS, Despite ALS
ALS Audio Option Spirituality

Celebrating With ALS, Despite ALS

Despite ALS, there are some things that we can keep doing and celebrating together. I used to cry every year when setting up Christmas decorations, thinking it was going to be my husband's last one. He continues to celebrate Christmas with us.
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Giving and Receiving Gifts without Turning into The Grinch
Parenting Relationships Spirituality

Giving and Receiving Gifts without Turning into The Grinch

Look, kid...  Wear matching socks without holes and undies without streaks if you want grandma to get you something different next year... now go say THANK YOU.
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