The lie many parents believe

Let’s face it, being a parent is oftentimes overwhelming. Come to think of it, so is marriage. The most important people in your life are probably the members of your family, but they are also likely the people who drive you the most crazy. Don’t worry — if this is true for you, you’re completely (read more…)

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8 essentials for a newborn baby

Last week we discussed all those things “they” say you need for a new baby, but that—well, you really don’t. But this doesn’t mean you need nothing. There are a few necessities most families need to care for a newborn. Throughout history, parents have managed to raise the next generation with very few items. The (read more…)

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Crafting rich experiences for our children on a frugal budget

In the last two years I quit my corporate job, became a full-time mom, and immersed myself in a start-up — and it has not been financially easy on the family. While we have embraced a frugal life,  my kids seem to notice nothing.  Occasionally,  they complain about being bored. My kids act up when (read more…)

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The things you don’t need (but they say you do) for a new baby

This post was first published on October 8, 2008, and since we’ve got number three percolating, this topic has been on my mind. Expecting parents know the gauntlet of baby gear pushed and prodded their way through the store’s aisles. Modern-day culture all but convinces the average parent-to-be that they may very well fail at (read more…)

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8 ways to make Valentine’s Day more meaningful for your family

In just a few days, February 14th will turn on our calendars once again.  In many parts of the world, this means it’s time to think about celebrating Valentine’s Day. I realize there are quite a few people staunchly opposed to this “Hallmark holiday.”  It seems to have been created exclusively by retailers looking to (read more…)

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