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5 Kid-Friendly Summer Crock Pot Recipes

I don’t know about you, but after a long day of playing outside in the heat with my kids the last thing I want to do is cook.  My kitchen is not air conditioned which makes cooking in the summer feel like sitting in a hot sauna.  In the summer my favorite cooking appliance is […]

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The First Birthday Party

As your child approaches their first birthday – there are so many different emotions that happen, mainly how on earth has it been a year already?! We are in the final weeks of 11 months and exactly 1 week out from the first birthday party (which I will have hopefully survived by the time you […]

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Embracing the Good in the Blend

Court rooms, calendars, attorneys, arguments, missed events, mudslinging.  I could write all day long about the struggles of blending a family—and I have written about plenty of those moments, but there are also some truly amazing aspects of being part of a blended family that makes our family…ours.  We have a blended family of 6. […]

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Lawnmower parenting: rushing ahead to remove all obstacles so your child has a smooth path.

The Rise of the Lawnmower Parent

It happened again this week. Several times, in fact. I’m a professor at a well-known local university, and my office is located directly across from the elevators. Because I maintain a literal “open-door” policy for my students, visitors often mistake me for the department secretary, as I am the first person they see when the elevator doors […]

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Lego Day

Legos. I love them. I love that they require some brain power and creativity. And I love that they are pretty much indestructible. I also hate them. I hate them when I step on them in the middle of the night. And I hate when they are scattered all over every room of my house […]

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My Parenting Instruction Manual

Babies don’t come with instruction manuals. And no matter how many books you read on the subject of parenting and how many well intentioned friends/family tell you how to parent, you still aren’t ready. And let’s be honest, none of us really know what we are doing. We are learning as we go. Praying for […]

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