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11
Dec
2014

Stop Singing CHRISTmas Songs

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Christmas Songs

{originally published in 2012}   I have been told more than once to stop singing CHRISTmas songs. Shocking, yes! Not quite so shocking when you realize I have been told that during the months of March, June and September. CHRISTmas time seems to just automatically fill me with joy, hope and peace. The entire month […]

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13
Nov
2014

Thank You Matters

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thank you matters

{originally published in 2012} I have long been a fan of Family Matters and not just because what I read on their website is so helpful, though that’s a great reason to be a fan! It’s also because I have met and hung out with Tim and Darcy and what I can tell you is […]

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21
Oct
2014

Overwhelmed Student Warning Signs

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girlgoingtoschool

{originally published in 2011}   I remember when my son started the fourth grade I just knew something was up. I couldn’t quite place my finger on it, but I could see that he wasn’t quite himself. Then a few grades started coming in that were not normal for him. I went and met with […]

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20
May
2014

A Less Rules Summer

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a less rules summer

  Yes, I know every home needs rules to run smoothly, but come on…don’t you remember the thrill of summer when you were a kid?   I sure do.   I remember that giddy feeling of not having to study for three whole months and the promise of no schedules. (Yeah remember when summer break […]

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15
May
2014
driving

Have you seen what I have been seeing around town? Ten year olds with driver’s licenses! I still cannot quite figure out how it happened. I mean heck, they can barely see over the steering wheel. I think some of them have got to be using booster seats while driving. They look so grown up […]

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18
Jul
2013

A Mom, A Boy & An Airliner

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mom and boy

Mothers who exhibit extreme patience fill me with a strong desire to applaud them and even give them a big o bear hug – I want them to know they are my heroes. I recently was traveling on an airplane and upon nestling into my small seat and awaiting take off I could hear in […]

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29
May
2013

Teach Not Demand

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teach not demand

She walked up to me smiling, “OK Mom, my room’s all done!  Come and see!”  I stepped away from my own chores and followed her bouncy little body into her room.  There she stood, grinning from ear to ear, I got her best Vanna White arm extension, followed by a wink of those big brown […]

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08
May
2013

Mom’s Busy May

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Optimism, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, Mother's Day

  I don’t know about you, but for me May can be a crazy maker! It seems that school ramps up exponentially because anything and everything that has not gotten done needs to get done – from assignments to field trips! Add to that the graduation invitations, wedding invitations and finalizing the summer vacation plans […]

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31DOP_Day20

DAY 20 : DISCIPLINE “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do […]

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24
Oct
2011
swings

“You are gut wrenchingly controlling!” Popular wisdom indicates that a mom would never want to share with other moms those words if they were to fly out of the mouth of her child. Then there’s me (and many more like me) who understand that being a mom is not about seeing eye to eye with your […]

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