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Son, I voted for you.

This morning before I left for the day I asked my 10-year-old son who I should vote for…   R: “It’s your decision.” Me: “It’s your future.”     Whether it is this election, future elections, future policies, current events, natural disasters, trial, tribulation, or persecution – the way we have modeled and taught our kids will… Read more »

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Endless Smoothies

  Breakfast smoothies are a frequent in our house. Usually our blender makes enough for one boy let alone the whole army (joking.. kind of). Recently I was pouring “seconds” to one child I was reaching over the table stretching to pout the smoothie..     As I was pouring more smoothie into his cup… Read more »

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Dear Responsible Momma,

  How does a high responsibility Mom take care of 5 boys who have little interest in responsibility?     #1: She goes crazy. She spends her every step trying to command them in “duties”—wash your hands, take off your shoes, put away your toys, make your bed, brush your teeth, stay on task! Thus,… Read more »

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Lazy Parenting

We’ve all heard it.   “Do as I say, not as I do.”   What does “Do as I say not as I do” imply? It implies.. quite bluntly… you are a lazy parent. Telling your child to “do as you say and not as you do” is a cop-out of all cop outs. You… Read more »

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What do you like to hear?

What do you like to hear? We asked that question at supper tonight… It’s a question that has many layers.. ask a four-year old or a ninety-four year old and you’ll get vastly different answers. But… of the 4 rounds around our supper table tonight… no one answered : “I like to hear people yell… Read more »

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lessons in lullabies

  Have you ever listened to lullabies, like “Rock-a-bye Baby” – it’s horrid! The baby falls out of a tree. Or how about “Hush Little Baby” – narcissism! I know you know the classic lullabies, most of us have sung them; but there was a point in my parenting in which I rebelled for the obvious… Read more »

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moving furniture

A few days ago my 3 (and a half) year old exuberantly agreed to help me rearrange some furniture. I had to move a few chairs to this room, and move a coffee table to that room, an end table to another room. None of these did I really need help moving –  but seeing the sheer joy… Read more »

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/ krāzē mākər / n.

  “Crazy Maker” / krāzē mākər / n. a person who makes crazy in an organization, group, or in another person’s life.  …. that’s my definition. There are moments when I’ll tell my kids to stop being crazy makers. You know the moments… when they pick on each other to simply pick on each other. You know,… Read more »

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the comfort in the violence of vomit

  Of the 32 of life I’ve lived I have not run across one person that likes vomit… Just saying.  (how’s that for a hook??) Our house currently has two “down and out” – both staying close to large bowls / buckets. My mind might be strange. I can’t help but to think what is it about buckets… Read more »

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things we say to our kids [part 1]

There’s a list of sayings that parents have heard or said – here are a few that I have tried to cut from my parenting methods and lips:   “Do as I say not as I do.” If I may be completely and obviously blunt… this phrase is reckless. Your child is going to do… Read more »