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10 Phrases to Encourage Resilience

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10 Phrases to Encourage Resilience
At the beginning of my parenting journey I unknowingly passed by hundreds of opportunities for me and my kids to develop resilience. In my book Bounceback Parenting I explain that I made the mistake of thinking that my job was to make everything easy or comfortable for my kids. I often offered help in the name of […]

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Why Your Kid Can’t Just Sit Still | The Real Reason You Should Know

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Why Your Kid Can’t Just Sit Still | The Real Reason You Should Know
(Inside: Why can’t my child just sit still?! Have you tried everything and nothing seems to help your child sit still for five minutes? This will change your life!) Do you feel like you are constantly repeating yourself with your kid? “Sit up, don’t touch that, get off the couch, put that down, quit wiggling.” I […]

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What You Should Know About Meltdowns… From a Tween on the Spectrum

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What You Should Know About Meltdowns… From a Tween on the Spectrum
(Inside: Meltdowns aren’t fun, but there are a few things you should know about meltdowns, from a tween on the spectrum who just wants people to understand.) I knew who was calling before I even reached my phone. He had another meltdown. Sure enough it was another call from the school. “Your son is out of […]

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8 Casualties of Parenting an Explosive Child That No One Tells You About

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8 Casualties of Parenting an Explosive Child That No One Tells You About
(Inside: When you are parenting an explosive child, there are casualties from each and every explosion whether you can see them with your eyes or not.) One-one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand, four… Breathe. Just breathe. He doesn’t mean what he says. He’s not trying to hurt you. Five-one thousand. Six. Sigh… You’ve got this.  Stay […]

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Struggle or Behavior… Where Do You Draw the Line?

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Struggle or Behavior… Where Do You Draw the Line?
(Inside: Is it a struggle or a behavior… Where do you draw the line? Is your child’s behavior your child’s fault or out of their control?) How do you know when to draw the line? When your kid is talking back to you, how do you know if they are just pushing all of your buttons […]

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The REAL Reason Your Child W-sits, Toe-Walks, and Wets the Bed

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The REAL Reason Your Child W-sits, Toe-Walks, and Wets the Bed
(Inside: Find out the real reason your child W-sits, toe-walks, and wets the bed. The underlying cause that you’ve never even heard of…) Does your child w-sit? Or walk on their toes? Does your child struggle with bed wetting, or a lack of focus? You’re not alone. But have you ever wondered what’s really causing those […]

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How to Create Christmas Experiences Your Family Will Remember

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How to Create Christmas Experiences Your Family Will Remember
THANK YOU TO CHESAPEAKE BAY CANDLE FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN! SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE! God created us with the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around us.  Our 5 senses work together to tell our brain what is happening to us and […]

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12 Ways to Hide the Christmas Gifts from Your Kids

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12 Ways to Hide the Christmas Gifts from Your Kids
We live in a super small house and it seems that every Christmas I struggle to keep the boys’ presents a surprise! So I asked a bunch of Happy Home Fairy followers to give me their best Christmas present hiding spots.  Here are 12 amazing ideas that I am excited to try this year! Neighbor’s […]

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25 Shepherd on the Search Ideas!

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25 Shepherd on the Search Ideas!
THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS SITE AND MY FAMILY!  SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE. FAVORITE Christmas tradition is our Shepherd On the Search!  Do you know about this?!  It is the Christ-centered (WAY less creepy) version of the Elf on the Shelf.  You can read all about it […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Having a C-Section

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Everything You Need to Know About Having a C-Section
As I went through my most recent C-section with Zion, I could not stop thinking about how I wanted to write a blog post sharing practical details about the surgery, what to expect pre- and post-op, and an insider’s encouragement/tips.  I know how nervous I was to have one with our firstborn, so my goal […]

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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas

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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas
This time of year is all about cosy evenings and weekends at home. It’s also all about the festivities and getting ready for Christmas. The build up to Christmas is as exciting as Christmas Day itself, and none more so than for the kids. Over the past week I’ve been scouring Pinterest looking for some […]

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They Say That Time Flies..

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They Say That Time Flies..
They say that time flies, that you’ll grow so quick and to make the most of it before the years fly past. And I think that they might be right. Ethan, you’re five and a half and Logan you’re now three and yet here I am still feeling like a new Mum because, despite us […]

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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant

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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant
Moving house at any time is stressful. But, even more so when it’s time-limited and you’re pregnant. But as we all know, life doesn’t always go to plan. And, if you have to sell and move home quickly during your pregnancy (maybe for a new job or before the baby arrives)—don’t panic. There are lots of companies […]

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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage

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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage
Look at a woman’s Pinterest boards and you will see how she hopes to achieve perfection in many areas of her life. You will see boards detailing how to decorate your home for St. Patrick’s Day cleverly. You will see boards advising what type of shoe to wear with tapered jeans. And you will find […]

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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party

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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party
I always look back on my boys first birthday’s with a smile. It’s an emotional day when your baby has his or her first birthday and officially becomes a one year old. For both of our boys on their first birthdays we decided to have a little party at our house and we invited family […]

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5 Simple Toddler Activities for Thanksgiving

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5 Simple Toddler Activities for Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate Thanksgiving! These 5 Simple Toddler Activities are perfect for entertaining your kids just long enough so that I can finish up dinner without undercooking everything or burning down the house (kidding!). The kids and I tried out a few quick and easy thanksgiving toddler activities with […]

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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses

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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses
This year, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Advancement Courses, courses designed to be more engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable– with real feedback and application in today’s K-12 classroom. Continuing education can be one of the biggest challenges for us as teachers today. I feel like I’m always asking: Where are all the relevant, meaningful courses?  […]

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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year

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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year
This post was written as part of a partnership with MyEyeDr.   Did you know that kids should have their eyes examined each year before school begins? Did you know that back-to-school eye exams will help to ensure that children’s eyes are performing their best for academic success each school year? It’s true. And honestly, […]

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens
Over the years, many readers and friends have asked me the about the must-read books for  kids. Every few weeks, I get asked the million dollar questions: What books should my kids read? What are the best books for 5-year-olds? Which books will my 12-year-old love to read? Please tell me how to spend my […]

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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway

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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway
Have you heard? You can celebrate National Youth Science Day all month long! HughesNet (America’s #1 provider of satellite Internet and a supporter of 4-H) is doing something totally awesome in celebration of NYSD. Something you don’t want to miss. 4-H has turned National Youth Science Day into a month-long celebration this year, with a […]

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What I typically buy at the grocery store

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What I typically buy at the grocery store
  Okay so you’ve asked for it and I’m delivering! Y’all want to know what I buy during my weekly trip to Aldi so here’s the typical list.  Did you catch that? Typical. Meaning that this list doesn’t always stay the same but these are the things that I typically buy. I usually only shop […]

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Our Actual One-Income Budget for our Family of Five

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Our Actual One-Income Budget for our Family of Five
  To be honest, I really don’t want to publish this post. The thing is, I’ve loved sharing my family’s real (as in actual) budget over the years, but without fail, those posts receive some very harsh comments and feedback from others. Folks have literally ripped apart our budget and saying terrible things about our […]

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Life after debt. How one family found financial peace.

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Life after debt. How one family found financial peace.
Sometimes I think when people hear that we paid off over $55,000 of consumer debt in two years that we must be rich or at least make a six-figure income. But the truth is, we barely make $60,000 a year and back when we were deep in debt it was only $42,000 a year.  We […]

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5 Ways to get un-stuck and find the success you crave

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5 Ways to get un-stuck and find the success you crave
Stuck. Just stuck. Just flat-out, plain-old stuck and unable to move.  That’s exactly how I felt in my early adult life. I felt like I couldn’t move – I didn’t know how to “move up” in the sense of getting a better job or being able to afford a better life for myself.  Sure, I […]

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9 Ways to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher This Year

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9 Ways to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher This Year
A guest post by Anthony D. Fredericks. As a former teacher, I am well aware of the compelling research demonstrating how involved parents have children who 1) evidence very positive attitudes towards learning, 2) have higher levels of self-esteem, and 3) demonstrate considerable engagement in academic endeavors. That parental participation assures students a most vibrant […]

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The Gardening Metaphor That Will Make You a Less Anxious Parent

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The Gardening Metaphor That Will Make You a Less Anxious Parent
My husband will always remember 2011 as the year of the spinach miracle. We were living in Baltimore City, and he wanted to try his hand at growing vegetables in pots on our itty-bitty back porch. He planted spinach in the fall, with the intention of harvesting it before the bitter winter hit. But when […]

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You Are More Than Your Worst Parenting Mistake

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You Are More Than Your Worst Parenting Mistake
It’s 11:00pm.  You know you should be sleeping. But sleep seems impossible. Every time you shut your eyes, your mind flashes a reel of your latest shortcomings. You see the moment earlier today when your patience collapsed and you screamed at your kids. You see their little eyes grow wide at your unfettered anger and […]

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Christmas pudding muffins with spiced rum frosting

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Christmas pudding muffins with spiced rum frosting
These beautiful Christmas pudding muffins are a gorgeous, festive treat to get you in the Christmas spirit, with plenty of fruit in the light, flavourful sponge, and a delicious spiced rum flavour to the creamy frosting. They’re wonderfully fruity and just a little bit naughty – adaptedslighty from a recipe sent in by the amazing […]

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Spiced Christmas cupcakes with marzipan frosting

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Spiced Christmas cupcakes with marzipan frosting
Twas the night before a coffee morning and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except Emily, who was stirring cake batter furiously while rifling through the spice cupboards in a panic. Yep, I somehow thought it was a good idea to volunteer to make four boxes of Christmas cupcakes. These spiced Christmas […]

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Turkey, stuffing and bacon festive slice – better than Greggs

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Turkey, stuffing and bacon festive slice – better than Greggs
If you’re reading this from outside of the UK, you may not have heard of high street bakery chain, Greggs. It’s not an upmarket joint, it’s baked fast food, but one of the pastry snacks they make caught my eye and I decided to see if I could recreate it. This is my take on […]

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