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DIY Road Map

DIY Road Map Tee Shirt Tutorial and Printable

Father’s Day is just around the corner…. You didn’t forget, did you?  Of course not!  Well, just in case you need another thoughtful gift {maybe one from your kids?}, I have the perfect thing.  It’s a DIY Car Road Map Tee Shirt.  I saw it floating around on Pinterest awhile back, and finally tracked the […]

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Diggers Slideshow

The Mom’s Guide to Diggers, Dozers, and Rollers

I’m hoping other moms-of-boys will be able to relate to an internal struggle I’ve been having as I attempt to parent my almost-three-year-old son with honesty and integrity. I don’t know the proper names of construction trucks. When my son first began noticing construction sites and pointing to trucks as we passed them on the […]

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The Deeper End of

The Deeper End of Parenting

In 2009 Roper St. Francis Hospital mandated that parents watch a short educational video about proper sleeping and feeding techniques, with information about SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome, prior to being released from the Maternity Care Center. So, about 24 hours after our first child was born, I was wheeled into a small room with […]

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10 Ways to Tell if Your Neighborhood is Really

10 Ways to Tell if Your Neighborhood is Really a Village

 “It takes a village to raise a child.” -African Proverb It’s one of the most well-known quotes in the world.  The basic meaning is that child upbringing is a communal effort.  Everyone in the extended family, as well as in the wider physical community, is involved in the raising of the children, the tending of […]

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12 Essential Manners

12 Essential Manners to Teach Your Kids

Is it me, or do kids these days seem socially awkward, discontent, and downright rude?  Not all kids, of course, but it seems that on a daily basis I’m out somewhere and completely appalled at what a youngster is getting away with. So, in case you were wondering what essential manners to teach your children, […]

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Why I Worry: Raising Military “Brats”

April is the month of the military child, and since I live with three of them – my own two air force “brats” and my army “brat” of a husband, I believe this group of around 2 million children throughout the world is a group worth celebrating. But what about the mothers of these children? […]

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Dealing with Gender Disappointment

I think I speak for all women when I say, “We just want a healthy baby; that’s what’s important,” but if I’m 100% honest, I was completely devastated when I found out I was having a girl the second time around.  I mean, I HATE pink, seriously.   Now, before you go all judge-y on […]

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7 New Dad Tipsfor ScoringMajor Brownie Points

7 New-Dad Tips for Scoring Major Brownie Points

Hi there, new dads!  Well, maybe you are not quite a rookie…you may even have 19 kids and counting.  Even so, I thought I’d give you a little cheat sheet of new dad tips so you can score some major brownie points with your mama-to-be.  Even the veteran dads need reminders, right? 1.  Mama-to-Be has no […]

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5 Must-Have

5 Must Have Gifts for New Moms

Every time I got pregnant {especially in those final weeks}, my friends and neighbors would ask me if I needed anything.  But after three kids, we had all the baby stuff we could possibly need…so I was stumped on how they could help.  So here’s a little list of five must have gifts for new […]

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