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Teaching Our Kids to Do Laundry

  If they can do it, why not have them do it! One of my boys asked if he could do some laundry. I looked at him a bit confused. Is my child asking to do the laundry? Yes, I believe he is. Little did he know what he was getting into but I took […]

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Dear Teacher–What Parents Want Teachers to Know

Before becoming mom, I was a teacher. I married a teacher who’s now a principal. I live and breathe teachery type of conversations with all my teacher friends.  I loved every part of my job, well almost every part. What brought me the greatest joy was to watch that little frown turn into a smile, […]

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Teaching Our Kids to Celebrate Others

I must confess this was hard to write. I’ve written it over and over again in my head for the past couple of years, but haven’t been able to put it down on “paper”. It first started as an encouragement for parents, but the more I mulled over it and thought about my own experiences […]

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College Send Off Gifts: Open When… Letters

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeReadyPlayBook #CollectiveBias Going away to college is such a bittersweet time for both the parent and child.  I remember it like it was yesterday, the excitement, the fear and sadness all wrapped into my suitcase as I packed […]

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Back To School Prayer for Your Anxious Child

We can laugh about it now but back when we were in the midst of it, it was anything but funny. For the first couple of weeks of school, our little one would develop rings around his mouth from licking around his lips, until he developed a sore from breaking the skin. We have a […]

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3 Things That Keep Us Connected as a Couple

I won’t even pretend we have a perfect marriage because–we don’t. We love each other. We are committed to each other. But with all of this there’s that tiny detail that we often forget–we are human. So, we hurt each other. Now that you know I’m not speaking from a platform of perfection let me […]

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The Worst Way to Compliment Your Children

I’m taking this awesome class with my son to empower him and help him build healthy neural connections, it’s called Brain Highways.  One of the things the teacher said today, that really stood out to me was this (I’m paraphrasing): You need to end a positive, encouraging sentence with a period. Don’t add a “but” […]

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Summer Gratitude Journal

Complaining. Whining. Grouchiness. Entitlement. This can be so easy for our kids to get into when summer rolls around.  Going from one activity to the next, family trips, lessons… all these things are great but they are all about them. We just got back from a family trip to the Amazon jungle and one of my […]

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How We are Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

We had just arrived at our nice hotel in the Amazon jungle, a trip we’d enjoyed before but this time we were going to go deeper in and visit with the indigenous indians.  I was so excited because for years I’ve wanted to return, but either we had a baby and it’s not recommended to […]

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What Daughters Need to Hear From Dad

I am not sharing on behalf of my daughter or what I think my daughter wishes she got from her dad, because, for the simple fact, I don’t have a daughter. But I am a daughter myself. Though I have a house full of boys, young little men itching to leave their little boy shell […]

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Making Mom Friends Can Be Hard

  Making Mom Friends Can Be Hard Can I get an amen to that! Before I became a mom I had no problem making friends. In fact, in my single years and prior to having children I had lots of mom friends but when I became a mom things changed drastically. But I wasn’t going to […]

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15 Things I Want My Kids to Remember About Me

Yes, I realize that my picture says 10 but the more I thought about it, the more things came to my mind. So let’s just say 10 + things because at this point I may keep adding to this list. At the beginning of the year our family has a family meeting of sorts, where […]

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The Expat Life: The Star Spangled Banner Song Made Me Cry

The Expat Life: The Star Spangled Banner Song Made Me Cry We live the global nomad life. We decided a little over seven years ago to raise our children in another country. We love raising them in a slow-paced culture, where family is valued and an adventure is always awaiting (whether we are seeking it […]

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Our Life in Pictures

Well, this is only a small glimpse of our life here in Quito, Ecuador. We love the slow paced life here. We love that our boys still get to be kids without the societal pressure of growing up faster than they should. I regularly get to watch them play hide and seek, tag, pretend play […]

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Kid Friendship Dilemmas: I’m Not Your Friend Anymore

Teaching Empathy in Friendships I was a school counselor for many years, the main type of situations I always found myself mediating was friendships gone awry. Giving our kids the tools so they can navigate their friendships is vital.  School friendships can make or break a child. I’ve seen kids who are always at the […]

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Moms Always Love

“In my experience, every good parent intuitively knows what is good and not good for his sons (daughters). The problem is, we ignore our intuitions and jump on the train loaded with mothers and fathers pushing their sons (daughters) to outshine the others. Get off of that train.” Moms Always Love You want to know the power […]

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Family Devotions: How We Made it Stick in the Busyness

We’ve tried so many things for our family devotions and when I say “many” I mean we tried it all. Well, not all, but I was a youth director and then a children’s director, so I had quite a few tricks up my sleeve. Things I wanted to try before we would give up. Some of […]

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Giving Them Space To Dream

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Honda and Latina Bloggers Connect. It started with their dream–give our children a better life. An education. A future beyond what they could ever imagine. They didn’t let fear of the unknown, the language barrier, the financial struggles,  the reality of leaving their loved ones behind, hold […]

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