Parenting

Preparing to Homebirth

June 26, 2021
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If you are planning on giving birth at home for the first time you probably are a little nervous about what you need to have done and what to expect. This is especially true if this is your first child. I found having my babies at home to be the most relaxed way to deliver [...]

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Preschool Pretty: Growing Up Too Fast?

June 26, 2021
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Maybe it has increased with the increasing popularity of pre-school pageants but there seems to be an increasing need to take preschool girls and create mini-teenagers. Earlier this year a New Jersey woman had charges brought against her when her six year old became sunburned in a tanning salon. Hair extensions for children as young [...]

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Healthy Snacks – Frozen Chocolate Bananas Recipe

June 25, 2021

Frozen bananas are a great way to get your kids to snack healthy this summer. The banana turns frosty and creamy when it is frozen and has the texture of ice cream. The natural sweetness intensifies so there is no need for added sugar. In fact, you can freeze chunks of banana, pop them into [...]

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Mommy, I Want a Cell Phone!

June 25, 2021

As I run errands around town I use my cell phone – often. I check in with Facebook, keep up with Words with Friends, and keep on top of my emails. As a writer, it gives me the edge and allows me to promptly accept assignments, handle problems, and other aspects of my career. I [...]

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Crafty Birthday Parties

June 25, 2021

There are many different ways to plan a child’s birthday party, but your go to party idea might just become the crafty birthday, especially for the eight to twelve year olds. While a regular birthday party might stagnate after a short time, a party where crafts are involved probably won’t. Giving children something to make [...]

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5 Smart Phone Apps Mommies Will Love

June 22, 2021

My iPhone has become my best friend. Siri and I are inseparable these days, and darn it I couldn’t live without her. She reminds me of appointments and helps me find coffee shops when I am out of town. Best of all, she can help me entertain my children and grandchildren in a pinch. If [...]

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Overseas Adoption: Tips from a Parent Who’s Been There

June 22, 2021

If you are considering adopting a child from another country, you may feel overwhelmed with the information on the one hand and feel like there is so much you don’t know on the other. It is an exciting time in your life, but one that can cause more stress than you can imagine. I recently [...]

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Are They All Yours?

June 22, 2021

One of the things you hear a lot when you have a big family is that inevitable question, “Are they all yours?” Sometimes the question comes sweetly during a casual conversation at the store but many times the question is abrupt and rude. When that happens, my sarcasm tends to kick in and some of [...]

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Why I Loved My Homebirth Experiences

June 19, 2021

After an induced labor with my first child and a near death experience from hemorrhage during the delivery of my second I decided, once again, that hospitals were not for me. Keep in mind, this was back in the early 1980s and birth centers, midwifery, and home birth were not things my conservative, young married [...]

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Scheduling a BabyMoon. Before, During, or After?

June 15, 2021

Babymoons are a relatively recent concept. The new parents-to-be take some time to get away from it all – we just used to call it a va-cay-shun. The biggest question, besides should you really wear a bikini when you are nine months along, is exactly when the babymoon should occur. Before With many couples waiting [...]

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How to Help Junior Develop Problem Solving Skills

June 14, 2021

Over the years, while information has gotten easier to gather and children are exposed to more facts daily than many of us were in a year at the same ages, common sense and problem solving skills seem to have taken a nose dive along with concepts like following the rules and respect. Since I seem [...]

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Shouldn’t I Have Tenure by Now? 23 Years of Homeschooling

June 13, 2021

When I began homeschooling in 1989 I had big dreams, soaring expectations, and two children to mold into upstanding citizens. Twenty three years later I find that I have four graduates and my last homeschooling moment will be sometime in May of 2020. If I live. I never really expected to be homeschooling for this [...]

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