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Sometimes, I Miss My Kid-Free Life

Sometimes, I Miss My Pre-Kid Life.

As I sit here typing, it’s 8:45 p.m. My children have “been in bed” for 45 minutes. They are still awake. One is crying because he wants to sleep on the couch. One is whining because he is thirsty. I have given them both drinks. Traded stuffed animals out about 50 times. Said prayers, brushed […]

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How to Discipline Your Kids Without Spanking, Time Outs, Yelling, and Negative Consequences

Note: This post is sponsored by, and written in collaboration with, Secure Counseling, LLC. Parenting is hard. Shaping little humans is the most difficult thing most of us have ever done. There are so many things I wish I had been open to someone teaching me before I began motherhood without my feeling like they were […]

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Raising a Multicultural Family

My husband grew up on the other side of the world. We met during a summer job at Yellowstone National Park during college, and while our backgrounds and life experience were as different as they could be, we were like two peas in a pod. We connected almost instantly and through thick and thin, happy […]

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Teaching Kindness

Teaching Kindness

“Middle school is coming. And I’m seriously considering homeschooling to avoid the bullying,” Ashley said as we watched our two daughters playing in the sand with their younger siblings. “Middle school was horrible for me.” “Me too,” I said, remembering the social perils that even a school uniform couldn’t save me from. When our babies were small, […]

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Camping With Kids

My gut reaction when I think about camping with kids is ::: groan ::: “Do I have to???” And this reaction is really because I don’t absolutely, 100% love camping. My kids, on the other hand, LOVE it! In fact, my 5 year old has been asking us about going camping almost on a weekly basis […]

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How to Get a Lot For a Little: Couponing at CVS

How to Get a Lot for a Little: Couponing at CVS

If you’re like me, you find yourself running out of shampoo and deodorant and toothpaste at the worst possible times. So, last year, after one unfortunate day of smelling like my husband’s deodorant all day at work (sorry, honey!) I decided the time had come to build a little stockpile. I did a little research, […]

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Bye-Bye Binky: Giving up the Pacifier

Ah, the dreaded pacifier. The nook. The binky. Or, if you’re at our house, just plain ‘ol bink. For some kids, it’s their lifeline. They can’t leave home without it. They can’t sleep without it. They can’t “be” without this thing plugged into their mouths at all times. It’s great at first. We as parents use […]

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A Quiet Heart: The Importance of Prioritizing Peaceful Practices in the Home.

A Quiet Heart: The Importance of Prioritizing Peaceful Practices in the Home.

It’s not quite 9 a.m. and the dishwasher is going, the laundry machine whirring in ritualistic harmony. I’ve worked out, written three emails, balanced the budget, changed two dirty diapers (of two different culprits), held an attitude adjustment session, conducted a short reading lesson, fed four hungry little birdie mouths, started dinner, written a few […]

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10 Reasons Why We Love Leavenworth Virtual School

10 Reasons Why We Love Leavenworth Virtual School

Note: This post is sponsored by, and written in collaboration with, Leavenworth Virtual School. The author, Kerrie McLoughlin, is the chaos-loving, homeschooling mama of 5 living in Overland Park. You can find her (and all her offshoot projects) at TheKerrieShow.com. We’ve been homeschooling since 2006 and I had never really given virtual school any thought. […]

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