• Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Like most parents I fear that I fall short with my children. I worry that I don’t have what it takes as a mom and that I could possibly ruin my one shot at this child rearing

  • 3 Ways To Screen Netflix (and other forms of entertainment)

    3 Ways To Screen Netflix (and other forms of entertainment)

    Yesterday I explained why the media diet your children are on is so important, but how do we know what is healthy when it comes to the entertainment they consume? The answer is that it's

  • Healthy Media Habits For Children

    Healthy Media Habits For Children

    Last week I blogged about the entertainment industry, 50 Shades of Grey and all that stuff (and there is a lot of STUFF). I really appreciate the tremendous amount of supportive feedback I got from

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Motherhood

By | August 30th, 2017|Categories: Laughter, Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

I can't believe I now have a decade of parenting under my belt. No more rookie status for this Messy Mom; I'm going Pro. Actually, I'll save that status for mothers of teenagers, but I

Digital Citizenship

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Parenting Tips, Schooling, Uncategorized|

Sometimes it's scary to think of raising kids in the digital age that we live in. Terrorism, pornography, bullying, and so much more can creep into your home via the computer screen. It wasn't like

Cleaning House Book Review

By | August 17th, 2016|Categories: Parenting Tips|

A few weeks ago I got the book Cleaning House from the digital online library. I had no idea what to expect with this book, but about half way through I knew I had to

Identity and the Internet

By | March 14th, 2016|Categories: Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes I wonder if I would be as creative or motivated if it weren't for social media. Kind of like if-a-tree-falls-in-the-woods-and-no-one-hears-it-does-it-make-a-sound kind of thing. Do I worry too much about sharing and not live in

Acknowledging the Self Control Crisis

By | February 2nd, 2016|Categories: My Life, Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

I recently did a book review of Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson. I mentioned the idea presented in the book to choose two character traits that you would want to be the main focus in your

Strong and Kind

By | January 21st, 2016|Categories: Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , |

I decided that instead of a brief synopsis at the end of the year of all of the books that I remember reading, I would do a review (or at least share some thoughts) of

When to Introduce Video Games

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Family, Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  When my son Z was four we were given a Wii. It was a hand-me-down. No exchange of money was involved. The consoles have since been discontinued anyway, so it really shouldn't be too

How to Respond to Whining and Model Behavior

By | October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I have heard people teach that the best way to encourage your child to read is for them to see you reading. I have heard the same concept about eating healthy, and being eager to

More Laundry Headed My Way

By | September 18th, 2015|Categories: Babies, Babies & Toddlers, Frugal Living, Natural Living, Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

With a family 5 I do my fair share of laundry, and I am about to do even more. First of all I've got these itty bitty baby girl clothes to wash. Aside from the

Freedom From Parenting Guilt

By | September 14th, 2015|Categories: Family, Motherhood, Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Like most parents I fear that I fall short with my children. I worry that I don’t have what it takes as a mom and that I could possibly ruin my one shot at this child rearing

Books and Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

By | September 11th, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips, Schooling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

As you may have noticed I have been in birthday mode and that is what sparked the idea for a list of gift ideas, but even if there are no children's birthdays coming up for

Keep Your Kids Inside When Mowing the Lawn

By | September 1st, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips, Special Needs|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday I mentioned Jude in my post about having a special needs child. While Jude has always been special, adorable, and loads of fun he wasn't born with any disabilities or particular medical issues. However,

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