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09
Dec
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Grace Does Not Have A Nice List, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf, Veggie Tales

{originally published in 2013} Recently, I sat down to watch a movie with my kids about the story of St. Nicholas (yes, it was a Veggie Tales movie, just stay with me). Long story short, here was a man (or cucumber as it were) from wealthy means who chose to bestow his benevolence on needy […]

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26
Nov
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Happy Thanksgiving

{originally published in 2013}   The jig is up. I’ve avoiding talking to my kids about it in hopes we wouldn’t have to deal with the issue for a few years but somehow, my daughter has figured it out.   We’re vegetarians.   Well, I suppose we’re not vegetarians in the way most people would […]

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03
Nov
2014

A Different “F” Word

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food choices, self esteem, fat, grace based parenting, michelle hutchison

  Oy, the things kids pick up at school. It seems that no matter how hard we try to keep certain words from becoming part of our kids’ vocabularies, they end up picking them up anyway.   A few weeks ago, as I was preparing lunch for my kids I overheard them talking about their […]

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05
Sep
2014
parenting, Grace based parenting, family matters

  If you’re anything like me, you might have started your kids’ summer break with visions of vacations and day camps dancing in your head. It all seemed so full of promise- weeks full of lazy mornings and impromptu adventures. But then…   “Get upstairs and get your clothes on, NOW!”   Uh yeah, that […]

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18
Aug
2014

The Talk

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the talk, sex, parenting, grace based parenting

  Years ago, I attended a “Grace Based Parenting” conference and heard Dr. Kimmel speak on the topic of teaching our kids about sex. The most shocking piece of advice? Start talking to your kids about sex before they enter kindergarten.   Now at the time, I didn’t worry much about talking to my kids […]

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10
Jul
2014

Something New

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Edy Sutherland, Transformative Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters

  When I got married ten years ago, I really thought I was taking my vows seriously.   My (then) new husband and I thought we had all the ingredients for a strong marriage, like you’d find them on a checklist or something. A budding romance. Check. Common goals. Check. Shared interests. Check. A (sort […]

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16
Jun
2014

Self{ie} Help

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Selfie Help, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  I think selfies are funny- mostly because we often show the side of ourselves we want others to see…   …but that might not actually exist in real life.   Take my Facebook profile photo for example. I talked to someone recently who saw this selfie before actually meeting me in person. Their take? […]

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14
May
2014
mothering, efficient, Family matters, grace based parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  I have never been able to hide the fact that I am “Type A” by nature. I thrive on not only having a plan but executing that plan- with maximum efficiency. I am the kind of woman who comes home from the grocery store and simultaneously cleans out the refrigerator, puts away the new […]

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25
Apr
2014
no war chores, Michelle Hutchison, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based parenting, teaching kids responsibility, earning allowance

  It’s spring cleaning time again and this year, I decided it was time to enlist the help of my children in getting it done.  I know what you’re thinking-   “You asked your pre-school and toddler aged children to help you clean?”   Yep, I know it sounds crazy but I have good news- […]

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21
Apr
2014

Let It Go

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Let it Go, Frozen, Disney movie, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  Okay, okay, I apologize for the gratuitous “Frozen” reference in the title of this blog. If you have young children, I know you’ll understand how quickly a parent’s life becomes saturated with “kid culture.” At this moment in my life, MOPS doesn’t stand for “Mothers of Preschoolers.” It stands for “Mother Obligingly Playing Soundtracks.” […]

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