parenting

Children’s Book Review: Have I Ever Told You By Shani King

HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU? By: Shani King Illustrated by: Anna Horvath Published: January 8, 2019 Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers Non-Fiction   One of the most important things you can say to your child is “I love you.” But even more than that, telling your child you support them, you encourage them, and you believe…
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Tips for Quick Ways to Pamper Yourself from Take Lessons

School is back in session here. I usually try to spend the first day of school treating myself, but this year I ended up subbing the first three days of school. Then the rest of the week was full of appointments and running errands, so I really didn’t have any time to just relax and…
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A Tough but Valuable Lesson

Our daughter learned a lesson this week  that was one she had to learn much too early.  This lesson broke her heart  and brought tears to my eyes as she shared the story.  Our daughter ran for Room Representative this year so she could be part of the Student Council at her elementary. Last year…
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Celebrating Nine!

Today our sweet daughter, Reagan turns 9.  Yesterday, she celebrated with her friends.   I had so much fun putting all the party ideas together.   The girls first decorated their treat bags. Then they each painted their own letter.  They were all so creative and original! The roller skate cookies were made by my…
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Book Review and Exclusive Excerpt: Mom At Last By Sharon Simons

MOM AT LAST How I Never Gave Up on Becoming a Mother By: Sharon Simons c Published:  August 1, 2013 Non-Fiction/Memoir MOM AT LAST is the story of Sharon Simons and her husband Rick, who she met just before the age of forty, and their quest to become parents together.  Rick already had children from…
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Get Ready for Back 2 School With The Confident Mom

Are you looking for a way to make that transition from summer to school easier?  Are you sending your Kindergartner off to school for the very first time?  Has your family been enjoying the lazy days of summer and you have no idea how to get back on track for alarm clocks and rushed mornings?…
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Why I Read

I am often asked, how do I find time to read? How do I read so much?  I wanted to share with you why I read and have always read books, why I started reviewing books, and why I am still finding the time to do it. A few of my favorite books growing up…
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Drugs Made to Look Like Candy – Parents Be Aware

I get regular emails about different drug/alcohol issues going on in our area.  As the parent of a teenager (gosh, did I just say that?) and an employee of the school district, I am constantly hearing about kids making poor choices and parents who have no idea what to look for.  I would much rather…
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Book Review: Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter By Melissa Francis

DIARY OF A STAGE MOTHER’S DAUGHTER By: Melissa Francis Published: November 6, 2012 A dazzling honest and provocative family memoir by former child actress and current Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis — both a startling personal story and a cautionary tale for both parents in competitive times. When Melissa Francis was eight years old,…
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A Little Monday Inspiration

I think what’s important for kids to know is that  your decisions here on earth matter,  your behavior matters,  and how your treat other people matters. Matt Damon, actor and father This is really what parenting is all about.  We try to teach our children to make good choices and treat people with kindness.  Now, in…
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Seven Sundays: A Faith, Fitness, and Food Plan for Lasting Spiritual and Physical Change


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