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  • Big Family Moms Are Not Saints

    “You must be one of those saints,” my aunt said to me. Maybe she said it because I was calmly disciplining my toddler. Maybe because I am pregnant with my sixth child. Or because she only has one child that is currently battling some adult-sized demons. In any case, I just stared at her for a minute because SHE. IS. MY. AUNT. I mean, this woman has known me at my worst. First, as a snotty toddler, then as a back-talking kid and finally as a drug-addicted teenager. What was she thinking? Saint? Not me. “I talk sweetly when I’m angry because it elicits fewer tantrums,” I finally reply. I…

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  • How to Play Hunger Games Nerf Wars

    My family LOVES The Hunger Games series. So much that we dressed in costume to see the premier of the Mockingjay. Check out my blog “Why My Family Dressed Up to See The Hunger Games (and why we’ll do it again.)” But one of our absolute favorite pastimes is playing what we dubbed, “The Hunger Game Nerf Wars.” It has the basic concept of the game is the same as the movie. We clear out our living room, move damageable objects or things we can slip on. You could play outdoors, too. How to Play Hunger Game Nerf Wars: 1) Get some Nerf guns. Avoid disc ones…they hurt. (Click images to…

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  • Become a YES Mom Today

    Recently, a friend asked my husband if my family wanted to attend a concert. When he told me about the offer, I immediately started calculating the costs — both financially and emotionally. What about the two babies? A late night concert doesn’t sounds like fun with a toddler and an 8 month old. The tickets are $20 a piece. Sure, we have a little money, but do we really want to “waste” it on a concert? Yeah, I know we hardly splurge…but still. Before the conversation even happened my mind was saying “No, no, no, and no.” But then something happened mid-excuse. It was almost divine. I said, “Yes. Why…

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  • 10 Steps to Prevent Childhood Molestation

    Molestation is always in the news. It always will be. Whether it’s a pastor with a dirty secret, a politician with a past, a broken woman or just your everyday working man…somebody is hurting a child somewhere. Every day. So, instead of harping on the details of the latest scandal, I want to compile a list of ways that YOU, dear parent, can protect YOUR child from sexual molestation. 1. Prayer This is first and foremost the most important thing we can do for our children; pray for their protection. 2. Listen to your Gut Whether you want to calling ‘instinct’, ‘the Holy Spirit’, ‘your gut’, or ‘being led’ —…

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  • 15 Old-School Summer Boredom Ideas

    We all know that summertime unfortunately means an increase in your child’s screen time, but if your children have “screen burn” from too much technology here are some great “old-school” summer boredom ideas for your little people this summer! 1. Doing Puzzles Whether you have a toddler placing puzzle pieces into a Giant Knob First Puzzle Set or a teenager completing 5,000 piece masterpiece, puzzles are a great endeavor for any kid. Make sure your child has space to lay out their puzzle that will not be interrupted by mealtime or a younger sibling. This is especially true for larger puzzles. The difficulty of a puzzle is based on each individual child, but…

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  • What Every Mom of a Large Family Knows

    I didn’t intend to have six children. In fact, only one of my kids was planned. All happy accidents, of course! When I was in college, getting a degree in journalism, I saw myself working at SELF magazine in New York. But when a prestigious internship at SELF was offered, I turned it down. Why? I had a kid and my husband was still in college. Sure, we could have made it work, but at the time I knew it wasn’t best for my family. 10 Things I’ve Learned as a Mom of a Big Family 1. Sacrifice The truth of motherhood is that some dreams get sacrificed on the alter…