How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent

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Share this: I’m now just over two months into my bullet journaling experiment. For those of you who’ve thought about bullet journaling – either to become more efficient and organized, or to help you juggle your competing to-do’s – yes, it’s made a huge difference in those areas. But I’m also surprised to discover another upside: Bullet journaling… Continue reading How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent




Bucket-Filling For Your Kids

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Share this:Do your kiddos practice bucket-filling on a daily basis? Have you even taught them about bucket-filling yet? You probably have, and just don’t realize it. But in this season of celebrating miracles and light and goodness, many of us are focusing in our families on bucket-filling anyway. Even if we don’t do so in the… Continue reading Bucket-Filling For Your Kids




Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow

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Share this:So the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks now. How’s the back-to-school anxiety level in your household? In ours, it seems we’re still sorting through back-to-school anxiety, with mixed results. Your back-to-school anxiety checklist Have you noticed any of these back-to-school anxiety symptoms in your child(ren) since they resumed classes… Continue reading Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow




Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

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Share this:Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December




Reset Buttons Broken? Try Using a Code Word

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Share this:Oh, the ironies of parenting. Not twenty-four hours after publishing my last blog post, on finding your kids’ reset buttons, I found myself mentally running through my own checklist, searching in vain for one of my own tricks that would work on a five-year-old who stubbornly resisted each and every attempt I made to… Continue reading Reset Buttons Broken? Try Using a Code Word




Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children

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Share this:My house is a mess of unpacking, my writing is behind schedule – can you guess that my family and I have just spent the past few weeks on various road trips? For many families, summer means travel. But the reality is that in two-parent households, parents can’t always coordinate limited vacation time with… Continue reading Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children




Want Something Done? Try Counting

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Share this:My husband is a math teacher. He lives, breathes, and eats numbers. Thus it’s not too surprising that numbers are floating through the atmosphere in our house on a pretty regular basis, or that Kimmie and Essie have been a bit ahead of the curve in learning to count. But early in our parenting… Continue reading Want Something Done? Try Counting




Supermom Doesn’t Live Here

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Share this:Recently I spent a rare kid-free day at a conference with a dear friend. Cathleen is one of those friends you wish you could share more cups of tea with.  Nowadays, our paths don’t cross nearly as much as they used to before I was married and a mom, back in the days when… Continue reading Supermom Doesn’t Live Here




Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit

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Share this:You probably have your own toiletry kit that you keep packed for travel (if not, I strongly recommend one that hangs, so you can hang it up high, out of kiddos’ reach) – but do you also have a separate one for your littlest travelers? Keeping one packed, and reviewing its contents before each… Continue reading Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit




On New Year’s Goals

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Share this:I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; instead, I set goals. IMHO, resolutions are made to be broken. “I resolve to go to the gym more.” “I resolve to lose weight.” “I resolve to go on a diet.” I mean, come on – who even talks like that? And besides, what happens when the inevitable… Continue reading On New Year’s Goals