• How to Deal with Guilt When You Lose Your Temper with Your Kids

    I’ve locked myself in the closet. Don’t ask me to come out, because I don’t want to. Not after today. Not after all the failure. With seven more weeks to go in this sixth pregnancy I’m maxed out. Too many children. Too much housework. Not enough sleep (thanks to huge belly). A mysterious pregnancy-related UTI that won’t go away and a head cold. I’m done, God. Thanks. My eldest crumpled her sister’s artwork in anger. That’s when I lost it on my kids. Slamming doors. Voice at the top of my lungs. All because of a crumpled paper. But to me it was soooo much more. I work so hard to keep my…

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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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  • To produce lots of milk for baby you have to: Consume enough calories Drink lots of water Continue taking prenatals Don't skip nursing sessions Limit alcohol and caffeine Get some sleep Even with all those items in place, there are things that proven to be helpful in lactation. One of those things is OATMEAL! Oatmeal also squelches cravings for not-so-healthy foods. WIN!

    No-Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Lactation Bites

    To produce lots of milk for baby you have to: Consume enough calories, Drink lots of water Continue taking prenatals, Don't skip nursing sessions, Limit alcohol and caffeine, Get some sleep Even with all those items in place, there are things that proven to be helpful in lactation. One of those things is OATMEAL! Oatmeal also squelches cravings for not-so-healthy foods. WIN!

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  • Being a Parent Makes You Awesome

    “Are you Effie Trinket?” the movie attendant asked me. “No, sir. My name is Flitter, this is my husband Flutter and my daughters, Coconut and Vespa.” I scurried away in a series of tiny-tiny-tiny steps in my silver stilettos with one gloved armed held high and the other arm hold a large heart box that served as my purse. I was wearing the only Capitol-esque shoes I could find in my closet and the box belongs to my daughter. My husband leaned over to me with his Capitol-styled goatee (filled in with brown eyeshadow for effect) and said, “Did you hear what he said after you walked away?” “No, what?”…

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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’ —…