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The Importance of Building Character Part Three — Gratitude: The Seed of Contentment

It’s a scene that we’ve all witnessed and one that’s all too familiar to most moms: a screaming kid having a tantrum in the aisle of some store because he is…

The Written Word

When my children were just toddlers, I encouraged them to write. Most days my preschoolers had time where we would use our creative juices and let them flow all over…

Raising Other-Centered Kids in a Me-Centered World

“That’s my ball. I want it now.” “I want that blouse; you never let me get anything new.” “I don’t want to do “that.” ” I want to go out…

Celebrating Thanksgiving

It’s my favorite time of year again. The leaves have changed and are at their peak. There is a sugar maple tree on the south side of our house that is glorious…

Gratitude 101

Five boys. Five loud, active boys with their own unique personalities and preferences. Personal tastes, too. So at dinner a week or two ago, several of them expressed those preferences…

“Mommy, I’m Bored!”

“Mommy, I’m bored!” How many times a day do you hear those words? I hear them a lot. Once a week, several of my friends try to get together over…

Stop Lending Your Children Your Brain!

What’s your first response when your children tell you about difficulties they are facing? Do you immediately jump in to help them solve their problems? If you do, then stop…

Eavesdropping: Six Tips for Becoming a Masterful Mom

I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop. I really wasn’t. But this mom of two young boys was shopping in the same Home Goods section as me, and have you noticed how…

How to Prevent Chores Gone Crazy

If you sing these words to the Jason Mraz song “I’m Yours,” you will see a glimpse into the Hawkins home — well, actually more like a glimpse into my husband’s…

Reader MOMents — Too Much

“Is that all?” my son asked a little disappointed. What? I wanted to say, “How can you be so ungrateful? Look at all these things you’ve received. You’ve had three…

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