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Grandmother Doesn’t Always Know Best: Respecting Parenting Choices

Until 1994, parents were encouraged to put their child to sleep on their stomachs. Our foremothers likely gave birth under Twilight Sleep. Growing up, TV was an accessible babysitter. Spanking is still hotly debated today.   Sometimes it can teeter on mommy-shaming the ways I’ve heard, “well, when I had kids” or, “we didn’t do it that […]

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Paw Patrol is Taking Over My Life!

The Paw Patrol is taking over my family! When my son was younger I tested out a few different shows to see if any of them would spark an interest.  It seems the only one that was a HUGE hit, was, of course, Paw Patrol. Flash forward a year; Paw Patrol is now consuming my […]

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Team Toys or Team No More Toys?

Let’s talk kid gifting. Are you Team Toys or Team No More Toys? I used to be on Team No More Toys. Clutter gives me anxiety so anything I could do to reduce the volume of toys and rainbow-colored things in my house, I would. I’d suggest books over toys, experiences over things. I’m the […]

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We Couldn’t Afford to Pay for College. And it’s not the end of the world.

I remember thinking when our babies were born that college seemed far off. People told us we should start saving right away, especially after we had five babies in about six years. But there was always something else–paying for graduate school, buying our first home, braces, summer camp, the list goes on. And then, one […]

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Teaching Children about Disability

We consistently sit in the same pew at church every week. Lately, my toddler has noticed someone else who sits near us every week. He is a young man, in high school, severely disabled and hooked up to several machines that go off and on during Mass. When his machine goes on my daughter’s focus […]

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Beyond the Time-Out: Calming and Coping Tools for Kids and Parents

Parenting is hard. Calming your erratic and emotionally explosive offspring without losing your own temper can be even harder. When a warning doesn’t work, it can be very frustrating and perplexing to reason with a hopped-up toddler. Obviously, we all want our children to be good people. Therefore, we need to teach them limits, healthy […]

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Small Things with Great Love

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love” This is one of my favorite quotes. It’s one I say to myself constantly. Or try to. And more importantly, try to live. We do many grubby, redundant tasks every day in motherhood. We do them for our children, […]

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