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How to Cure the “Gimmees”

How to Cure the “Gimmees”

If there was an essential oil to cure “the gimmees”—the incessant greed and want my kids have for something more—I would buy it, sell it and be an essential oil advocate like you’ve never seen before. Because I don’t know about you, but in our house, greediness shows...

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

12 Mother’s Day Gifts That Make a Big Impact MOM. Three letters that carry a lot of meaning. Whether they brought us into this world or not, these are the women who give us life in one way or another. They’re caregivers, encouragers, truth speakers, tough love...

Share Your Kids

Share Your Kids

I’m learning that friendship, as a parent, is even more life-giving (life-saving?) now than ever before. And this says a lot coming from a friendship-nostalgia-freak who has a file box of every single note I received in middle and high school organized by name of the...

How to Make Talking About Money with Kids Fun

How to Make Talking About Money with Kids Fun

When you look ahead to the future and what you want to be true for your kids one day, when you imagine the end, wouldn’t you say you want them to know how to handle money well and be financially secure? Whatever financial decisions you have personally made at this...

Parenting Through Pain

Parenting Through Pain

When I became a parent, I had already been babysitting for over a decade, nannying for six years, and playing the role of World’s Best Aunt for five. I had read parenting books cover-to-cover before even getting pregnant. I had grilled my favorite parent-friends on...

Fake It Till You Make It

Fake It Till You Make It

I’ve heard before that when feeling insecure in a new job you just have to “fake it till you make it.” But I seem to have mixed luck with my attempts—especially in my role as a parent. Mostly, I just end up exhausted when I allow insincerity to take over.  I was able...

Passing Down Patience

Passing Down Patience

Let’s begin with a confession; patience is a virtue I aspire to, not one I’ve mastered. I hate to wait, I hate to wait in line, I hate to wait for people, and I hate to wait for a surprise. When I was a child I became a master at poking undetectable holes in my...

What It Takes to Raise a Strong-Willed Blessing

What It Takes to Raise a Strong-Willed Blessing

One of my most favorite things about being a parent is picking up my little one, Dylan, from school. I mean, it’s like it’s Christmas and I’m Santa. When I open her classroom door, she drops whatever she’s doing, busts into a full sprint towards me, wraps her little...