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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

Love the Ones You’re With: Cherishing Each Member of Your Family as an Individual

By | December 18, 2013

By Anjanette Barr, Contributing Writer Most of us have a longing to be known intimately. We want someone in our life – a best friend, a spouse – who knows everything there is to know about us. Someone who knows us so well that there’s no need to explain our motives, our struggles, our dreams to Read More

It Isn’t All About the Presents: Teaching Kids to Help Out and Give Back During the Holidays

By | November 6, 2013

By Jeanne and Abby of O’Mamas, Contributing Writers The holidays can be hectic and overwhelming, filled with high hopes and even higher expectations. Now that we are officially six days into the holiday season (if you include Halloween in the season), we are doing our best to teach the kids that this time of year isn’t Read More

Thoughts on The Harvest: Getting Through the Darker Times

By | October 12, 2013

Each month at Modern Alternative Mama we are given a topic or theme to write about.  This is to ensure some cohesiveness to the posts, to give contributors ideas, and to make sure that we have relevant content for readers.  There may be other reasons, but those are the most logical to me. October’s theme Read More

Why I Don’t Want My Kids “Socialized” in Public School

By | July 10, 2013

Probably the first and most popular “complaint” that homeschooling parents hear is “What about socialization?” Now that my oldest is 5 and would be going into kindergarten this fall, people I meet have started to ask: “Is she going to school?  Where is she going?”  And then I answer, “We’re homeschooling…I’m not sure what school 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

Why It’s Okay to Indoctrinate Your Kids

By | June 7, 2013

These days, everyone’s constantly up in arms about something.  Something’s going wrong, someone’s hurting someone else, this or that corporation or group or the mother down the street…they are messing us up! One complaint that I see often is how wrong it is to “indoctrinate” our children.  This is especially aimed at religious people.  “We need Read More

10 Lessons From a New “Mom of Many”

By | April 20, 2013

Since soon after we had our first baby, my husband and I have been planning to have a big family.  I started to learn all I could about big families.  I visited some I knew.  I talked to older mothers at church.  I read blogs by experienced moms.  I wanted to find out everything I Read More

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Your Kids

By | March 16, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! While it seems as though this holiday has gotten quite the reputation as a drinking holiday, I think it is a holiday that families can redeem and use to make new traditions. Growing up, St. Patrick’s Day was a well-loved and highly celebrated holiday in my home. Read More

Simple Ways to Play at Home

By | March 6, 2013

  By Malissa McClintock, Contributing Writer I can hardly believe that when I look at the calendar the word March stares back at me. March means spring is coming, and with it even crazier weather than the winter brought. With two very active little girls and the impending birth of a little boy, I am Read More

7 Tips on Why (and How!) Moms Need to Take Care of Themselves

By | February 22, 2013

As I write this, I’m almost 37 weeks pregnant.  All I really want to do is go to sleep.  The next few weeks will move both crazy fast…and super slow.  And frankly, I’ve learned, if I don’t take care of myself…I won’t make it. Moms need to learn this idea in general.  It’s so important to Read More

10 Interesting Tidbits from A Family’s Conversation

By | October 13, 2012

I’ve had to say some rather…interesting things to my children over the last few years.  Children really pull the creativity out of you!  I have heard my own mother and even perfect strangers smirk to hear some of the things I’ve said to them. On the flip side, they’ve come up with some pretty interesting Read More

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