How to Survive (and Thrive!) with Your Third Child

Depending on who I’ve talked with, I’ve heard both that the third child makes things easier and that the third child is the hardest transition period, but the fourth child becomes easier. Being just one mom, I can’t really say which of these would be more true on average, but I can share a little…

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Staying Sane When You’re Crazily Busy

To say that I’ve been “busy” during the last month is an understatement. Swamped is a little more like it. We’re in the middle of a major relocation and my time has been divided between job hunting and now going through the process of clearances, etc. to be able to start my new job, finishing…

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Happy Fall! Coloring Pages

I don’t know about yours, by our kids LOVE drawing and coloring. And coloring. And coloring some more. It’s such a simple activity, but it keeps them focused, helps them develop their fine motor skills, lets them explore the colors and color combinations, and brings out their creativity at the same time. One of those…

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25 Frugal Kids Activities

When we left Iraq, we had to leave a lot of our things there too – it would have been too expensive and too cumbersome to ship everything (even more expensive than replacing things on this end!). We didn’t mind leaving behind some of our clothes and books and other things. One of the toughest…

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Coping with Change as a Family

It’s good to be posting again! I was in an unexpected blogging break because we moved on short notice from. Iraq to the U.S. (Pittsburgh area). We aren’t fully settled in yet, and are still job hunting, hoping we find something soon so we know we can definitely stay in the area and start getting…

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We’re Off!

We’re off the the States for a few weeks of visiting family and friends! Here’s to hoping that the next 26 hours of traveling through airports with a 2 and 3 year old go smoothly! I probably won’t have internet all the time, and my priority during these weeks is going to be family and…

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Dealing with Your Spirited Child

If you have more than one child, you’re likely to have a high spirited one in the bunch. Here are a few tips for dealing with these delightful, rambunctious, sensitive and determined kids. Some of these strategies apply to all children, but are included here because they are even more important to keep in mind…

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Catechism 101 – Lesson 10: Obedience in Faith

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 144-149 Objective: Students will understand the importance of believing even when they don’t see or understand. Main Ideas: We obey out of faith, even when we don’t have the big picture, because we trust in God,…

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6 Ways to Eliminate Whining

Even the most delightful child whines once in a while. If you have two very close in age like mine (13 months apart), they’ll even throw in whining competitions once in a while… because you know, if you are going to whine, you might as well show your parents that you’re be the best whiner!…

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7 Ways to Add More Hours to the Day

All busy moms have one thing (at least) in common: we need more than 24 hours a day. We NEVER finish what we want to get done and end up staying up later and later trying to cram it in, only to find ourselves less productive the next day because we’re so exhausted. Here are…

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4 Things Parents Forget

My husband and I are very involved in our children’s lives. If you’re parents, I’m guessing you are too. It’s very natural for parents to care deeply about what happens to their children and how their kids grow and develop. And, because we care, we work. We get involved. We guide and instruct. We try…

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9 Alternatives to Yelling

If you’re a parent, you know the “I can’t help it, I’m about to yell” feeling we sometimes get faced with our children’s behavior. We don’t like to yell. We don’t want to yell. But sometimes, it just comes out. Looking for alternatives? Here are 9 ways you can try to react instead of yelling,…

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Establishing Family Rules

I don’t want “Because you said so” to be a regular chorus in our household. It’s OK when the kids are two or three, don’t understand why it’s wrong to play with the electrical socket or touch the hot stove, but need to avoid it “because we say so”. In the said situation, we are…

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Temperament – And Why It Matters

The concept of temperament or “character” is trending right now. I can’t even tell you how many times I see comments in my Facebook feed telling me what animal, president, Disney figure or Lord of the Rings character a friend is. These viral quizzes have basically taken different temperament models, associated each on with a…

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4 Ways We Confuse Our Children

If you put yourself into your child’s shoes and think about how they understand things, there are several things many of us do as parents that could easily confuse our kids. Confusion #1: We tell our kids that they have to listen when we say “no”, but we completely ignore them when they say “no”.…