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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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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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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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A Case for Chores and Kids Doing Their Own Laundry

My husband and I have five daughters, and we have done chores 100 different ways in almost 20 years of parenting. Sticker charts, rotations, weekly chores, monthly chores, allowance, no allowance. But regardless of the method, our kids have learned that they are a working part of the family. We love each other, and we […]

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I Unfairly Judged Another Mom Today

There are so many great posts out there about experiences moms face when being judged by strangers when out in public with their kids.  We are constantly judged when our baby is screaming on the plane or our 3-year-old is having a meltdown in the grocery store.  Moms are almost always the ones that are […]

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Date Night Ideas: Restaurant Hopping!

This year was our first having to plan an anniversary dinner around a baby. Meaning we needed something quick enough to get care and needed very little energy in executing. Enter our favorite date night, at my husband’s suggestion: restaurant hopping! Pick a course for as many restaurants as you want, it can be as […]

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