Forgiveness…A four letter word ?

Mar 27, 2015 by

Why is it that when we speak of forgiveness it is so difficult ? Uttering the words “forgive me” or “I forgive you,” for that matter, is like uttering a four letter word. Is forgiveness really the worst word we can say? Can it really lead to horrible consequences?

The middle school where I work recently had an assembly for our students on the power of forgiveness. I couldn’t wait for the kids to hear the message the presenters were about to share, since teenagers can hold onto a grudge for what seems like forever. Secretly I was praying that it would touch a few of “my kids” who struggle with an array of difficult relationships.

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A Toddler’s Courage

Mar 27, 2015 by

I was completely taken back and not prepared for the experience my 2 ½ year old daughter went through last week. We were shopping at a store when two little twin boys were giving her these “looks” and were almost silently teasing her, if that makes any sense. You know, those looks you used to get as a kid when other kids were quietly making fun of you? Well, yes, my daughter went through that last week. I was completely taken back, unprepared of what to do and for sure triggered by my own experiences I went through as a teenager.

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Chocolate Dipped Peeps!

Mar 27, 2015 by

An oldie but a GOODIE!  We’re on notice- Easter is around the corner!  Granted that corner is hidden by a disgusting grey pile of dirty snow, but, around the corner nonetheless!  A couple years ago I discovered the art of dipping the marshmallow sugar coated confections known as, Peeps, into melted fine white chocolate.  And then sprinkling with Easter decorations.  Magic happened.  I feel it’s just too good not to repeat here with you today!  And, if you’re feeling extra crafty, and just cannot resist the lure that is the marshmallow Peep, check out my other favorite- a DIY Peep wreath, courtesy of our wonderful Blogger, Cora!

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*Photo courtesy of Your Home Based Mom.*

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Surviving and Thriving as a Solo Mom

Mar 26, 2015 by

Another year has gone by and my beautiful son just turned 4 years old. It amazes me that so far, I have been able to raise a happy, healthy, well-behaved child on my own. Being a solo parent has its struggles financially, physically and emotionally but as most of us moms do…I push through it to make life work.

I remember the day that I told my son’s father the news that I was pregnant and the response that he gave me shocked me into an emotional state that I was not expecting. I did not cry, I did not get mad or upset, I surprisingly felt empowered. I was calm and centered and made a choice that I did not need to have this man around if he chose not to be, nor will I try to force the issue. So from that day forward, I took this path alone. I decided that I was not going to pity my situation but rather take the bull by the horns and try to be that super solo mom that I knew I had to be. I made sure I had all my ducks in a row, I found a great child care facility and pediatrician, I even made sure to contact Child Support Enforcement and a lawyer all by the time my second trimester rolled around.

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Family Mantras: Connection

Mar 26, 2015 by

What is the most important thing you want to help provide for your children as you are raising them?

Think about not what you want them to be, but ONE SINGLE THING you can provide for them every day that can foster their growth and development (other than food, clothing, shelter and education).

I see 100s of posts, articles and blogs about raising awesome kids and I feel like I ignore most of them. I don’t usually go searching for some advice on how to raise my children. I have been listening to a bunch of books-on-tape/audiobooks in the car during my commute and have occasionally listened to some quasi-parenting books that fit my mindset – not necessarily books that tell you how to parent but more books about what you want for your life and your family’s future. Much of what I’ve been listening to have resonated deeply for me and I will post about other things as they formulate in my head. But for me, I’ve been thinking about one simple question.

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Tweens: The Agony and The Ecstasy

Mar 25, 2015 by

I have one daughter who is officially a “tween” and another close behind. When we announced that we were having a girl (and then another and then another), people would often warn us about what would be coming. Boys are harder now, they ALL said, but girls will be your undoing later. One woman once told me that when her daughter entered fifth grade, “she almost instantly became someone new”. I laughed with these people. I nodded my head and sagely said, “Oh I know. It should be interesting” even though I secretly thought, “Nah. It will be fine. I’ve GOT this”. So here I am. I have a tween. I don’t HAVE this at all. I doubt my parenting skills now more than I ever did as a first time mother. I have no idea what I’m doing with this beautiful, hilarious, moody, and dramatic child of mine. Her sister is quickly morphing into this same creature. I’m terrified. Every day is an adventure with a tween.

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Parenting Without Parents

Mar 25, 2015 by

My entrance into this world was a bit controversial. My parents were well into middle age when they had me.  My father was 57 and my mom, 44 years young. Sure this may not be uncommon now, but back in the late 1970s, this was completely unheard of.  In fact, my mom’s doctor, upon delivering the news of her pregnancy and thinking I was an “Oops Baby,” said he could “take care of it” if my parents wanted. He was concerned about the health risks associated with her having a baby later in life. My mother was horrified at the thought and told him that she intentionally set out to have a sibling for my sister, who was almost five at the time. My parents beat the odds and the conventional wisdom at the time and had me anyway.

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