Learn About Breastfeeding Before You Have Your Baby

Breastfeeding seems like it should easy because it is the natural way your baby should be fed, and sometimes it is, but there are many times it pays to be prepared before your baby is born. By the time you are busy trying to keep a new baby fed, it is hard to find the time to find the information … Read More

When Will I Get The Time For Me?

There are days when I think about all the things I would like to be doing, about plans I have for my life, and it seems like it will be such a long time before I get to do those things. My in-laws went on a vacation last week in the Caribbean- an all expenses paid vacation, that was paid … Read More

The Decision To Have Another Child

I have known I wanted to have children for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t anything I had to make a decision about as an adult. I got pregnant with my oldest son about a year and a half after I got married. My husband had to convince me to wait that long. We wanted our kids about … Read More

Giving The Benefit Of The Doubt

With everyone posting their lives online, it has become even easier to judge other parents for what you see as their shortcomings and mistakes. Why are they allowing their daughter to perform in a beauty pageant? Why are they getting their son circumcised? Why are they using homemade laundry detergent on their cloth diapers? Don’t they know better? There are … Read More

Raising Competent Kids

We would all like our children to be competent people who are capable of doing whatever they would like, but we often undermine their attempts to learn to do things for themselves. I have known many people who were constantly criticizing their children’s efforts at doing anything, and then complaining about how they never help around the house. Who wants … Read More

I Thought I Was Prepared

My husband likes to tease me about how big my diaper bag is that I take with me everywhere. I like to be prepared for every possibility, which with 3 kids five and under, is a lot of things. I take more diapers and wipes than I think I need, extra clothes for each child, toys and a few books, … Read More

Making Time For Yourself

As a mother, it can be hard to make time for yourself. I am as guilty of this as anyone else. A few months ago, I had committed myself to several projects, along with moving, and taking care of my 3 kids. We were living in chaos because most of our things were not unpacked. I was barely eating because … Read More

Letting Go Of The Number On The Scale

My 81 year old grandmother recently went to the doctor for a checkup. She has dementia, although she is still doing fairly well. She also has emphysema and COPD, thanks to my grandfather smoking for decades. She has been losing a lot of weight over the past few years. Due to her dementia, she sometimes forgets to eat, along with … Read More

Bedtime Routines

We have always had a bedtime routine for our kids, but I didn’t realize how important it was until my daughter was born last summer. Having a good routine helps kids to relax and be able to fall asleep. Prior to my daughter being born, my boys, who were 4 and 2 at the time, would have a bath after … Read More

Raising Kind Kids

One of the major goals of most parents is raising kids to be kind, compassionate people, but the details of how to do that can be a little fuzzy. Last night, my 5 year old offered to give his Winnie the Pooh ornaments to his 2 year old brother since he likes Pooh so much, so at the moment I’m … Read More