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Unplugged: The Terrifying Truth of How Technology is Affecting Your Family

By | February 25, 2014

By Ashlee Bradshaw, Contributing Writer What happened to the good ol’ days when family night consisted of a game of Scrabble or Monopoly, when dinner time was for conversation instead of status updates, or even when children were taught the ABC’s through a song instead of a screen? I will tell you what happened. Technology: Read More

A Foolproof Elimination Communication Primer

By | December 17, 2013

Diaper free babies… the concept sounds crazy (and messy).  Is it a joke?  A passing fad?  The name for this “diaper free fad,” is elimination communication, and it’s anything but passing. Humans have been using it for ages.  Our babies, like animal babies, want to avoid “soiling the nest.”  And your baby gives cues for Read More

The Importance of Reading to Your Children and Some Fall-Themed Book Recommendations

By | September 10, 2013

There is something almost magical about children’s literature. I don’t know if it’s the vibrant pictures, the outrageous adventures, the memorable characters, or the sing-song pattern of a good rhyme that gets me so excited to read with my children. Every night a part of our bedtime routine is to snuggle up on the couch Read More

8 Ways to Help Our Children Bless Others

By | July 27, 2013

By Sarah Nichols, Contributing Writer Sometimes, as a mom, it’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day bustle of managing a household and raising children, that I forget to be intentional about character development.    One character quality I really want to develop in my children is a heart to serve and bless others.  I Read More

3 Simple Ways to Savor Warm Summer Nights

By | July 16, 2013

By Jessica, Contributing Writer It was only a few weeks ago that the calendar landed on the Summer Solstice, boasting the most daylight of any day of the year. It’s a trademark feature of this much loved season. Long days that very slowly fade into warm, comfortable nights. The perfect recipe for some family fun Read More

Ten Tips for Traveling With Toddlers This Summer

By | June 26, 2013

By Virginia George, Contributing Writer “Mom!  He’s looking out my window!”  This is a true story my mother still tells of one particularly frustrating road trip that occurred more than 20 years ago.  We had just upgraded from the Ford Escort station wagon to a fancy 1988 Ford Aerostar minivan.  We had more space, but Read More

10 Things You Should Say to Moms

By | June 19, 2013

Lately, there’s been a string of “things you shouldn’t say” posts.  I know — it makes everyone feel good to gripe, and these posts get a lot of traffic. They’re just so negative though.  When I read them, I usually think that about 80% of the things on the list are said by someone who doesn’t Read More

Gentle AP Method for Teaching Your Baby to Sleep

By | May 31, 2013

I have had four babies. I have had babies who slept well, and babies who slept terribly.  I have been crazy sleep-deprived, and sleeping most nights.  And I have learned a lot about teaching babies to sleep. The first thing you should know is that I generally subscribe to “Attachment Parenting.”  I don’t let my babies Read More

9 Examples of Positive Discipline

By | May 28, 2013

It has been a long, hard road since I decided two years ago that I didn’t want to spank anymore.  It’s one thing to intellectually say “I don’t want to do this.”  It’s another thing to find yourself in the middle of a tough, frustrating situation and actually know what to do instead.  When you’re Read More

Raising Locally-Minded Kids

By | May 22, 2013

By Sara Baker, Contributing Writer Local Trends There has been a big (and well-deserved) push lately to buy, eat and give locally. Having a heart for local food, issues, and business is tremendously important. We can do so much for our local communities, and benefit from them ourselves! But where do our children fit in Read More

A Complete Homemaking Library for Under $30…Only Two Days Left

By | May 3, 2013

**SALE IS NOW OVER**  Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of future deals! I know it’s been kind of a crazy week around here. I normally don’t promote things so heavily or do so much all at once.  Really.  I try to keep it to a couple days a month, usually.  But I really Read More

How to Create a Peaceful Bedtime Routine for Little Ones

By | March 21, 2013

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer We all want the end of our days with our kids to be calm and peaceful but sometimes the stresses of the day can get in the way. By having a specific routine each night we can connect with our kids and make sure to end the day in a Read More

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