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Being Thankful when not Everything Is Awesome
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Being Thankful when not Everything Is Awesome

The trials of motherhood have taught me patience, problem solving skills, relationship skills, the power of creativity, and how to scarf hidden treats before the scent of chocolate can escape the packaging and lure others to my location.
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Forget the Calming Bath Soaps; Get Rose’s Razors Instead!
Organization Parenting

Forget the Calming Bath Soaps; Get Rose’s Razors Instead!

My friends and family thought with so many kids, I needed to relax. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to take a luxurious bubble bath.
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 Child Fears: Coping with Fears in Different Stages
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 Child Fears: Coping with Fears in Different Stages

Nothing says "I like you, but I'm scared to tell you" like pulling a girl's hair or calling a boy names.  This is just how they are dealing with those fears.
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Tips to Avoid (my) Parenting Fails
Leadership Organization Parenting Problem Child

Tips to Avoid (my) Parenting Fails

My parenting fails have included the usual mishaps, but my largest parenting fails have mostly indicated that it's tricky to keep track of so many kids. In the fall, five or six years ago, we went on a family picnic.  It was a nice area with trees and room to let the kids run around.  There was even a little river at the bottom of a twenty foot cliff.  Alarm bells, right? River... cliff... kids...
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Love Fashion, but Hate Shopping
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Love Fashion, but Hate Shopping

I like my fashion like I like my kids' homework: Quick and Easy! It feels good to know I'm dressed like an adult with some fashion sense.  It makes me look and feel like I have my sh*t together.  The thing is, I don't have time or patience to shop, and I can't tell if something is fashionable if it's simply hanging on a rack.
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Long Term Saving for a Teen’s Immediate Needs
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Long Term Saving for a Teen’s Immediate Needs

As a teenager-to-twenty something with familial support, a "nest egg" isn't as important as transportation.
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Campaign for Comments Drawing: Comment on Mom-of-Seven to Win
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Campaign for Comments Drawing: Comment on Mom-of-Seven to Win

The Drawing has expired, but Comments are always welcome... ok, they're begged for, so feel free to keep those comments coming!
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Halloween Treats for Kids (That Kids Can Help Make)
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Halloween Treats for Kids (That Kids Can Help Make)

With a couple of birthdays (plus the odd potluck), October is a good time for us to make Halloween Treats!
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Family Themed Costume Ideas For Halloween
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Family Themed Costume Ideas For Halloween

The kids plan family themed costumes for every person in the family; from the baby up to us parents.
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Problem Child: Problem Solving (Part 2)
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Problem Child: Problem Solving (Part 2)

I'd like to show our problem solving attempts; what has made a difference in our every day interactions, and over the long haul.
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Problem Child: There’s One In Every Family (Part 1)
Discipline Parenting Problem Child

Problem Child: There’s One In Every Family (Part 1)

Kindergarten began with the hope that our problem child would be a little more mature and cooperative.  Kindergarten ended with dashed hopes, and his teacher's early retirement
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Toilet Overflow: When It Rains, It Pours
Entertainment Parenting

Toilet Overflow: When It Rains, It Pours

The wet carpet in the bedroom is from the water going under the bathroom wall.  That's legit.  The hallway, though, that's our bad. 
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Preschooler Words: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
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Preschooler Words: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

The mistakes toddlers and preschoolers make with language are often humorous, but the way they grapple with and conquer language so quickly is astonishing.
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Anger Management: What is Your Trigger?
Parenting

Anger Management: What is Your Trigger?

What makes anger management a challenge for you? My trigger is Extra Work. Anything that gives me one more scrap of work to do makes my blood boil. 
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Hero of the Day
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Hero of the Day

There are some things that I list under "That's not my Department".  Like trash. Especially this trash.
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It Doesn’t Have to be This Way
ALS Audio Option Spirituality

It Doesn’t Have to be This Way

We were both crying in the priest's office. Father said, "It doesn't have to be this way". I totally didn't get it at the time.
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Something Has to Give: Managing Stress
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Something Has to Give: Managing Stress

More times than not, it's myself that I have to give.  I've realized that something has to give if I want to enjoy my kids' childhood.
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He Chose Life (on a Ventilator)
ALS Audio Option

He Chose Life (on a Ventilator)

Our middle daughter was getting married in a few months, and he was going to "walk" her down the isle. He chose life.
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School Supplies Worksheet
Organization Parenting

School Supplies Worksheet

It's time to buy school supplies! Here is my worksheet that I use to add up all of the pencils, etc. that we are responsible for each year:
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ALS Diagnosis: A Wife’s Perspective
ALS Audio Option

ALS Diagnosis: A Wife’s Perspective

My husband was almost 49 years old when he received the diagnosis of ALS 15 years ago.
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