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How we help curb the ‘I want that!’s during the holidays

In our Facebook conversation a few weeks ago, it sounded like there’s a common issue with certain family members wanting everything under the sun, particularly during the holidays. It’s not perfect around here by any means, but I’ve found a few keys that help keep the “I wants” a bit at bay. 1. Limited gifts (read more…)

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Favorite Advent resources

I love the Advent season. There’s something special about the anticipation of something, about enjoying the destination towards a grand event. Advent comes from the Latin word that means “arrival”—it’s the anticipation of a notable person, thing, or event. It always sneaks up on me, and it’s especially true this year—with American Thanksgiving later in (read more…)

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Skills I want my children to have

When I was a kid, my sisters and I would play a lot of pretend games. We would often play “old timey” or alternatively, “future.” When we would play “future,” my favorite prop was a rectangular piece of cardboard I had turned into a magic touch-screen device that could access all information in every book (read more…)

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What would you tell a young twenty-something about simple living?

It’s unfathomable that next summer will be my 20th high school reunion. Because last I checked, I’m still living in an apartment with three other girls, drinking a daily dose of Dr. Pepper and listening to The Cranberries while stressing over that geology final. Apparently not, according to the three people calling me Mom every (read more…)

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Giving each other the space to be authentic

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like there’s been a recent shift in the way that many of us talk to each other. “Oooh, your kids are all in school full-time now – aren’t you so excited?” Or this one: “Oh, you moved into a new house – aren’t you so happy?” We think (read more…)

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