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Added by Leah Mastilock on May 5, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday. There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom. I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly. Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break. Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before…Continue
Added by Sarah Senst on May 3, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
My church friends from our Vermont years called me last month and asked me if I could come speak at their next women's breakfast. I said I think I can arrange that.
I remember in 2004 how unsure I was that a southerner could transplant from Tennessee to Vermont, but I learned very quickly that it can be done with ease.
As I prepare to return this…Continue
Added by Margie Sims on April 8, 2013 at 3:12pm — No Comments
We did manage to make it through the store without me having a similar meltdown. I was concerned they might find both of us in frozen foods, on the floor, sobbing and throwing things — but we survived. Of course, when it was time to leave it had started pouring down buckets again and by the time I had the squirming snotty midget in his car seat, and had loaded the groceries, I was looking like a drenched rat in squishy Birkenstocks. – Me, Circa…
Added by Nicole on April 2, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments
How do we achieve happiness as a family, especially when you consider varying personalities, interests and communication styles? Not to mention different genders and ages, two-adult homes and one-adult homes? I recently read an article based on a book by Bruce Feiler on this very topic. He introduces some interesting facts and concepts I think worthy of sharing. In our incredibly fast paced lives, full of stress and worry how do we find peace at home?
I think most people have heard…Continue
Added by Sarah Senst on March 4, 2013 at 4:10pm — No Comments
Added by Afra Willmore on January 26, 2013 at 4:28am — No Comments
It is not easy to raise children in today’s society when so much emphasis focused on video games, sporting events, and the latest trends in clothes. And let's not forget the peer pressure and media pressure that offers temptations to kids to do drugs, drink alcohol and get involved sexually. Today's kids face an overall absence of godly examples and moral living in a society that is moving toward "freedom from religion" instead of "freedom of religion."
Schools teach and …Continue
Added by Betty Davis on January 22, 2013 at 9:12am — No Comments
If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
Where would society be without a family structure?…
Added by Betty Davis on January 21, 2013 at 2:31pm — No Comments
Added by Julie Brown on December 24, 2012 at 7:04pm — No Comments
With many families still struggling and even those who are not, this is an appropriate time of year to teach an attitude of gratitude. It may be easy for kids to focus on what they don’t have or won’t get, especially compared to those of their peers. Regardless of a families’ financial situation it is helpful to use the holidays as a time to teach family values. Any gift, whether big or small, can come from the heart keeping the recipient in mind. So what values are important to you and…Continue
Added by Sarah Senst on December 7, 2012 at 4:39pm — No Comments
I follow those whom I admire on Twitter, and Anne Graham Lotz is one such individual. Yes, she is the reverend's daughter, but an impressive Bible teacher apart from her famous father. (www.angelministries.org)
Recently she tweeted a blog on Thanks-living. It struck a chord with me. It challenged me, dared me, compelled me to operate out of gratitude every day. I am finding that when I let gratitude be my guide, I cannot…Continue
Added by Margie Sims on November 27, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments
Two years ago I went to a friend’s cottage with a few other women. While I didn’t know all those invited, it was … nice. That was the first and only time I’d gone away without family, D, or the kids since university in Wales.
The cottage weekend was good, yet I long for something different. Less calm, more … well, more something. Strictly in a non getting-arrested-and-living-with-regrets-for-the-rest-of-your-life way. Nothing as extreme as a ‘What Happens in Vegas Stays…Continue
Added by Katja Wulfers on October 11, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Our country continues to be in a strained economy. These past few years have been a humbling experience for me and my children. And while it has been a stressful time, many good things have come of it. We have found ways to do without, redefined our true needs and have a better understanding of what are our priorities. For example, in our family, we value time together now more than ever. And through difficult times we have grown closer and work much better as a…
Added by Sarah Senst on October 8, 2012 at 12:19pm — No Comments
Why strive to be a compassionate parent? Most parents would agree it is important to be loving and nurturing toward our children. Compassion means to have sympathy for the suffering of others and may also mean to have a desire to help. This fits perfectly with parenting. A compassionate parent has sympathy for a child’s challenges with a desire to help the child overcome his or her struggles. Along with compassion it’s important to show…
Added by Sarah Senst on October 5, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments
Over on Ye `Ol Facebook I posted a link to some great ideas for volunteering with children**. As a person who was raised in a very strict Baptist household and family, I grew up with very firm ideas of right and wrong. In my late teens I came to disagree with many of the teachings I was raised with and all of the idea of organized religion in general. But here’s the rub: as a parent who learned right and wrong from a religion she no longer follows, how do I teach my son right from…Continue
Added by Rebekah Griffin-Gamble on October 5, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments
We at Families First are excited to announce the first posting of our new blog, “Families First. A blog for strong families.” This blog is an online article written particularly for parents and caregivers. You can look forward to lots of great tips, problems you can relate to and solutions you can use and funny stories to help keep your sense of humor! For those that don’t know, we also have a Family Support Line which is a toll-free,…
Added by Sarah Senst on October 4, 2012 at 5:40pm — No Comments
One of our family's favorite summer experiences is an annual trip to the drive-in. If schedules allow, we try to squeeze a few more trips in if possible because we have so much fun. It's also an affordable way for families to see 2 first run movies.
The success of a good night at the drive-in comes down to a little prep work before you…Continue
It is widely known on here that I have five kids. As you guys all know I spend 80% of my time writing, bitching, complaining or gushing over at least one of them. (Okay, I bitch and complain more than gush but whatever. Once in a while I do gush over them.) I get asked a lot of questions about whether the two sets of boys are twins and if not, what is the story. I have wavered back and forth about exposing a part of our family that I like to keep sheltered. I think I am ready to open…Continue
Added by Dani on August 14, 2012 at 11:12am — No Comments
Lena and her buddy were bouncing the trampoline discussing deep philosophical five-year-old matters like who can do a higher jump and whose twist was "wicked cooler". Eavesdropping provides a cornucopia of hilarity for me. So I hunker into a chair on my porch and unabashedly listen to their prattle. Without warning, the conversation takes a mature turn. The girls are in a heated debate about whether girls can marry girls, boys can marry boys. They concede that they are both ok with same…Continue
Added by Tracy Winslow on August 10, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments
This article was originally written by me for Stepmom Magazine at www.stepmommag.com
Recently, my sister and I sat at a pizza and play place while our kids played. Suddenly, one of my 2-year-old twins, who had climbed into a tunnel, cried out for help. This momma bear jumped to her feet to run to the rescue, but someone else beat me to it. It was my stepdaughter. I sat down and my sister and I couldn’t help but giggle as we…Continue
Added by Julia Bade on August 6, 2012 at 3:34pm — No Comments