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Posts tagged "simple ideas"
Mine!

Mine!

My sweet, darling baby boy has recently learned the words "NO!" and "UUGH!" and "MINE!" To his credit, he applies them appropriately. Just at inappropriate times. So, after going through this phase multiple times, here's what I've discovered.
Power of Moms Pick: How to Ensure that You Will Not Yell at Your Kids Even When You are Hopping Mad

Power of Moms Pick: How to Ensure that You Will Not Yell at Your Kids Even When You are Hopping Mad

Sumitha Bhandarkar, of the website A Fine Parent, wrote a brilliant article with concrete, doable ideas on how to control our tempers.
How to Tell a Teenager, "I Love You"

How to Tell a Teenager, “I Love You”

For a teenager, its just not “cool” to ask mommy for a hug when you’re sad, or to demand attention for a job well done by incessantly chanting, “look, look, look mommy, look!” (Which works, right?) So, how do we show teenagers love in a way they can receive?
Seven Ways to Keep the Love Alive in Your Marriage

Seven Ways to Keep the Love Alive in Your Marriage

Creating a marriage that leaves you feeling twitterpated at the end of each day doesn't happen automatically--especially when you have children, but here are seven ideas that have helped me to savor the opportunity I have to live with my Prince Charming!
Bonding with Girls

Bonding with Girls

Have you ever struggled to bond with your girl whose interests only drift further and further away from your own? Amanda Roos found a way to spend time with her daughter while doing something they both love -- reading.
Housework Builds Relationships: Episode 9

Housework Builds Relationships: Episode 9

The word "housework" is often corrected to "drudgery," "whining," and "necessary evil." But housework can actually be a fun and meaningful relationship-building activity. Saren and April share practical and simple ideas for how we can get our children effectively and positively involved in keeping up our homes.
It's Not the Playdoh I Love

It’s Not the Playdoh I Love

The other day, my three-year-old, Spencer, asked if we could get out the Playdoh. In my mind, I was screaming, "NO! It will end up all over the kitchen. As I was about to verbalize these feelings, however, I thought a little deeper.
A Powerful Alternative to Setting Goals

A Powerful Alternative to Setting Goals

I grew up thinking that the mandatory requirement of New Year’s Day was to create a long list of resolutions. So I did. And I still do. (Because it’s a habit…and because it’s fun.) But what I’ve come to learn over the past few years is that there’s an amazingly powerful process that helps me...
Spiritual Sundays: Presents and Presence

Spiritual Sundays: Presents and Presence

Last year for Christmas, while I was focused on finding the perfect presents for each of my children, God used my one-year-old to show me what I needed for Christmas, too.
Taking (some of) the Stress out of Christmas Day

Taking (some of) the Stress out of Christmas Day

I think having a totally stress-free holiday as The Mother is completely unrealistic. I don’t expect perfection, but these are a few of the strategies I’m going to employ over the next few days so that I can experience as little stress as possible on the big day.
The Holidays: Stop, Simplify, Enjoy

The Holidays: Stop, Simplify, Enjoy

As a mom, you have the opportunity to see the sparkle in your children’s eyes, so be deliberate in what you want to accomplish this season. Don’t be so overwhelmed and overscheduled that you miss it.
Small Tradition, Big Joy: Unique Story Ornaments

Small Tradition, Big Joy: Unique Story Ornaments

A Ryder moving van, a Wheel of Fortune, a torched Hot Wheels car: what decorates your Christmas tree? It’s the treasured little things that bring us together for the holidays, and author Kim Hall shares how they have made “Story Ornaments” a beloved family tradition.