Babies & Toddlers

What Smells?

“Mommy! I need a dwiiiiink!” I don’t know how many times he yelled this before I woke up. I stumbled into our sons’ bedroom (I can’t remember whether I stubbed…

What They Need

“Do you want a sippy cup?” “Do you need a ride?” “Do you need money?” “Need a hug?” “Want a cookie?” “Did you pack underwear?” “Did you brush?” “Did you…

“Code M”

“May I please get out?” At my request my two-and-a-half year old had rephrased “I want to get out”, as in, of the shopping cart. I hefted him to the…

Whine, Whine, Whine

Allow me to recite our household’s currently most-quoted verse: “Do everything without complaining or arguing” (Philippians 2:14). I hate, oh yes, hate whining. Grrr. This verse is now standardly incorporated…

Birthday Exhortation

My oldest turned four last Saturday. (I got a postcard in the mail for pre-kindergarten immunizations and about had a heart attack. This parenting thing flies.) Creativity has an excuse…

I Cried at Walmart Today

I cried at Walmart today. I stood there in the parking lot and cried for the sheer emotional relief of it. This was after I’d been embarassed by myself and…

Could You Talk a Little Less?

My 3-year-old and I had the entire day to ourselves today and oh, the fun we had! First we had some fun doing some shopping, and as our routine goes…

Tour of Duty: Housework!

When our first child left for college I was in a panic wondering if he really, really was prepared to live on his own. I started rehearsing a list of…

Summer Fun at Home

Moms are always looking for some “summer fun” ideas.  Well here’s an uncomplicated one to add to the list! Back in my old neighborhood, when my children were younger, our…

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