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PARENTING TIPS

Terrible, Tragic, Grief-Laden Loss To Living Life More Deliberately

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As far back as I can remember, I had a recurring dream of a shy, blue-eyed little girl. The dreams were always the same, I would see her, and yet I was still looking for her. I would be in a grocery store, see her, and then she would disappear down an aisle. When I went to look down the aisle, she wouldn’t be there. I would feel disappointed but then look up and see her peeking out of a completely different aisle. I would wake up from dreaming about this sweet, shy, blue-eyed little girl feeling…

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Balancing Work, Home, Kids, And That Elusive Thing Called Self-Care

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Do you drive home from work, using that much-needed time to decompress, to shift gears from “corporate mindset” to “Mommy mode”? To a house that needs to be cleaned up, to kids who need help with homework, disputes, laundry, showers, processing of emotions, discipline, and love. Do you gear up to make dinner, get things in order, connect with the kids and do all the things necessary just to maintain? Perhaps in the shift of world events, you’re working from home with kids, trying to figure out d…

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Truths that Children Teach Us

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There are so many truths that children teach us. In fact, there have been moments in parenting when I’ve wondered what gave me the right to think I could be a decent parent, what my intentions were, and how I could (please) do a better job. It began with my body healing after childbirth, sitting for hours breastfeeding and wondering if my butt would be permanently flat, smelling like spit-up for what seemed like years, toddler temper tantrums, snot, potty training, and the exhaustive list goes o…

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The Ups and Down of Being Mommy

Oh, the ups and downs of being a mommy! Yes, it's an amusing thing to say. I remember watching a movie and the Mom told the child to call her "Auntie" in public. I choked on my drink. There are days when it feels like Mom is the only word you hear and there's no one else to answer the call. Yes, I'm thankful for the kids and I wouldn't trade my life for anything, but in those parenting moments of exhaustion, overwhelm, uncertainty or despair, when tears are falling and you wonder if you'll eve…

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Tips to Balance Fitness and Family

The question I probably get asked most frequently is how I successfully balance fitness and family.  First and most importantly in my opinion are priorities. It has always been a top priority for me to stay in shape, so regardless of my situation I carved out the time.  Period. There are no reasons not to be healthy and fit, only excuses. Achieving balance, however, means that by staying fit and healthy, I didn’t compromise other aspects of my life – most importantly my family.  There are a mu…

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My Top Foster Care and Adoption Advice

Eighteen children (but a "core" of 13) call me “Mom” so your confusion is understandable when I tell you that, from the age of 15, I didn’t think I could have children. The short story… Seven infertility surgeries and LOTS of medication later I did have a child. It was enough of an experience that I knew if things didn’t happen on their own, I would adopt. I did everything up to in-vitro fertilization which, at the time, I felt was not an option for me. I adopted several children and two that …

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An Unconventional Christmas

It was an unconventional Christmas for my family this year. Not what most would consider minimalistic but not entirely commercial either. We shot for a balance somewhere in between and (I think) came out well in the end. Our children are all getting older and although I wanted to take a family trip this year like we did last year, the kids asked for something different. They wanted a more "traditional" Christmas with presents, but most of the lists were practical.

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The very best thing was ha…

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There is No Best Way to Raise Kids

With eighteen kids under my belt, I can tell those of you looking for the One Best Way To Raise Kids - there IS no one best way.  Just like all of us adults have unique personalities, so do our kiddos who come wired with a personality we sometimes feel is familiar and sometimes have no clue where they came from.  Little alien's we're supposed to raise by doing all the right things the right ways.  The best way doesn't exist and neither does the manual. I'm far from perfect.  I raise my voice too…

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Teaching Kids About Consumerism

Teaching kids about consumerism can be a big task.  Regardless of your income or your priorities, it's an issue parents have to face.  No matter how often you succumb to "the gimmies", there will always be more.  Commercials on TV, ads on the internet, friends who own more "stuff", the ability for social media to track what you look for and like - it's never-ending.  

Want to be thinner?  Faster?  Stronger?  Better looking? Have more energy?  Look better?  There's a product for everything and…

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The Black Friday Challenge

It's time for something different this Black Friday! REI recently released their Black Friday policy, which I wish other companies would take as a personal affront and challenge.  #OptOutside is their campaign and the message is clear:

REI believes that being outside makes our lives better. That's why this Black Friday, we're closing all 143 of our stores and paying our employees to head outside.

You are invited to join them by exploring the outdoors yourself.  You can say where you'll be, w…

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