Making Unique Rules for Unique Children

September 14, 2010

I spent the last nine days worrying and praying for my 19-year-old niece who was hospitalized again for a problem stemming from her kidney disease. Her strength and stamina are inspiring, her tears are gut-wrenching and her journey is still an uphill climb. One realization for all of us this week is that she can […]

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Traveling with Kids is Hard Work!

August 23, 2010

Traveling with three younger children as a single dad? Darn hard. But maybe I’m making it harder than it has to be. Do you have any advice?

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Wearing a Toddler

July 5, 2010

My son Jacob is 22 months old. He loves to run and climb and jump and throw balls and all those things that toddlers do. He is no longer the babe in arms that he was for the first months of my life, carried from place to place by others. Today, he motors under his […]

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Sibling Cooperation

June 30, 2010

My kids are eight years old and five years old, and for the most part, I like to stay out of the their arguments.  Personally, I think there is greater skill to be gained by learning to work out disagreements and learn to cooperate than by me stepping in to solve everything. That being said, […]

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An Episode in Positive Discipline

June 11, 2010

The other night, my husband and I were talking in the kitchen, and Elia (5) & JJ (3) were in the living room when we heard Elia shriek, scream & start crying.  It is instantly followed by “SOR-RY!” from JJ.  We look over and Elia is getting up from the floor, holding her neck & […]

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Meeting the Needs of Multiple Children

April 1, 2010

When I was expecting my first child I worried about a lot of things. What kind of mother would I be? What would childbirth be like? Would breastfeeding work? When I was expecting my second child, most of those questions had been answered. My children are 3 1/2 years apart, so by the time I […]

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Practice Positive Discipline & Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

January 22, 2010

Following the Principles: Parts 7 & 8 in a series of 8 Now that we have finally welcomed our newest addition— an 11lb son named Lazlo who was born safely at our home — I can take the time to sit down and write again. The swelling and the restlessness of late pregnancy made computer […]

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How Do Your Kids Play?

January 20, 2010

Some of my favorite memories growing up were pretending and playing with my sisters and brother. Sometimes, we were inside playing with dolls, toy horses, or little ceramic animals – with each, playing out their family lives and school days. Sometimes, we were outside building forts in the hay barn or pretending we were part […]

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