Do you know what your children (especially the young ones) are actually absorbing about the world around them? The following is an impromptu “interview” with my 5-year-old daughter about Santa, Jesus, and the real meaning of Christmas.
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Two New Year’s Traditions Worth Considering
Maybe it’s the Japanese in me. Having lived there for a couple of years, I find their New Year’s traditions quite refreshing; two in particular. Since New Year’s is their biggest holiday, December is a busy month for them as well but, in a very different way.
We Mothers Are Storymakers
Close your eyes and return to a moment from your childhood, whether it be an important event or a casual Monday afternoon. What is the story being told? And will your children remember the the lessons you taught?
Spiritual Sundays: Bedtime Prayers
Raising boys is not my forte. Many nights I lay in bed, looking at the ceiling, confiding to my husband that I have no idea what I’m doing
…until I pray with Parker.
Capturing the Fleeting Moments of Joy
Mom bloggers can sometimes get a bad rap. I’ve heard it said more than once that they make their homes and family life look better than they really are by editing out, enhancing in shiny, happy moments. I’ll admit that I thought the same thing but then I started a blog of my own and quickly came to a very different conclusion.
How to Find Joy as a Sleep-Deprived Nursing Mother
I love being a nursing mother (well, most of the time). It became a very special time between my baby and myself. I admit, however, that one drawback to nursing remains: the hours.
Picture Story: Letting Go and the Big Yellow Bus
If it hasn’t happened to you yet, there will come a time when it will: that painful, achy feeling that overcomes mothers when it’s time to let their little ones go. Join author Patty Park as she describes watching her daughter get on the school bus for the first time.
The Last Time
Sometimes it feels like the mayhem of motherhood will never end . . . but if we take a second to think about it, we’ll realize that we’re surrounded by opportunities to savor “the last time.”
Mercy in the Moment
As a mother, it is easy for me to expect my kids to own their behavior and find the willpower to change it. Many times that should certainly be the case. But it is also important for me to remember that often their bad behavior has a cause, or multiple causes, and I very well could have a hand in the conditions they are experiencing, along with the resulting behavior.
Making the Most of Now
“The pictures fade, the plaster cracks, the baby clothes I have carefully washed and folded away are all now yellowed, in spite of my best efforts. Even the memories fade a bit with the passage of time. But what remains are the all-important relationships we have forged.”
My Precious (Screaming) Toddler
“What is precious? That which is rare and lovely and sought after. I do not see these frequent blow-ups as anything close to rare. Nor is a meltdown even half-ways lovely…But precious can also mean fleeting. And this is true. These moments of childhood, these rites of passage, are momentary. They are fleeting, and in and of themselves, they are strangely precious in their own little ways.”
Ten Ways to Enjoy the Holidays on a Budget
The holiday season is in full gear and it’s almost comical the way we are being enticed to dig ourselves a little deeper into personal debt. With the way the economy is right now, here are some helpful tips on how we can enjoy the holidays on a budget.
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