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Military Spouses and Their Unique Battles at Home

I have great admiration and respect for military families. Often, they end up fighting battles on all fronts; as one spouse is deployed to fight a battle somewhere overseas, those left behind have their own battles to wage. Most of the time, those battles on the home front deal with …

Protect Your Children with Your Parenting Style

In a world where bullying, kidnapping and pedophilia have become well known terms, it is vital to teach our children how to interact with their surroundings and environment in a safe way. No one can monitor their child 24/7. Even if that’s what we would like to do, it just …

Now I Remember Why I Have Wrinkles!

I looked closer and realized that my body has become a map. It has gone and done what even my journals and blogs could not do. It has recorded every important milestone in my life. Every peak and valley, every twist and turn were all right there. All the parts are right there just as they were meant to be. Raw, unaltered, honest and well-worn.

Of Lasagnas and Birthday Traditions

Every year on their birthdays, they get to choose the meal. On previous years, when it came time to my youngest daughter’s birthday, everyone else in the house will start dreading the day because they know what is coming. SPAGHETTI!

How Can You Tell If Your Child is Gifted?

All parents think their children are exceptional. I certainly think mine are gifted! And I didn’t need a list to tell me they are, they just are. However, if you’re wondering and if you just want to be sure, here’s 20 signs for giftedness which were adapted from Austega: 1. …

Embracing Chaos at Home

It’s been a busy month at our house. The main event during this hectic month that just passed is my daughter’s graduation from high school. We’ve been celebrating since last month when she received her acceptance letter to college. Follow that with all the end of school events for three …

The Most Wonderful Time For Who?

It’s that time of year again. Yep, the most wonderful time of the year for parents according to the Staples commercial but really it’s an anxiety filled time of year for parents and students alike. For some students like my high school senior, it just may be the most wonderful …

Kids Will Keep You Honest

We were at Walmart last week and we were on the self-check-out line. You know, where you scan your items yourself then pay for it all on your own? The girls usually like doing this part, and since we didn’t really get a whole lot, we decided to get on …

SIGNS

Yesterday was a strange day. It all started when I went to pick up Jade from school. It is a normal part of my day to pick up the girls from school in the afternoons and for the most part, this routine is usually uneventful. Yesterday afternoon though was different …