• How to Actually Get Things Done

    Do you ever wake up in the morning with a to-do list, only to crawl back in bed at night with crossed off? Get things done with this simple checklist! write and launch two books in less than three years actively blog have meaningful daily interactions with friends, children, and spouse remain loyal to my spiritual side exercise three times a week homeschool my three oldest children have two babies almost consecutively keep a clean house accomplish most of my long-term goals One of the characters of my favorite Jane Austen novel, Mansfield Park, says it perfectly: “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” So true, right? As…

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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…

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  • YouTubers I Let My Kids Watch

    My kids love YouTube. I kinda of have a love/hate relationship with YouTube. It’s useful for learning how to fix my stuff or do a craft, but sometimes it’s an endless web of brain-laziness. And can I mention how much I HATE the sidebar videos? YouTube is notorious for recommended the WORSE videos to my children (ps…you can eliminate the sidebar recommendations by following these directions) or visit the “Parental Controls” section of YouTube here. I can’t condone that EVERYTHING on these channels is perfect, but for the most part, we don’t monitor when they are watching these YouTubers! Enjoy and don’t forget to comment on your Favorite YouTuber for…

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  • An Easy Way to Find Out What’s Really In the Books Your Teen is Reading (Step By Step with Photos)

    I’ve been compiling a list of books for my teenagers that are acceptable secular reads. Between scouring Amazon reviews and ratings from Common Sense Media, I finally figured out the BEST way to find out what’s really in the books my teen wants to read. I’m so excited I wanted to share it with other parents so they can use this same method for ANY book. Here it goes. Read Next: Say This, Pray That: 15 Prayers to go Alongside Common Parental Commands An Easy Way to Find Out What’s Really In the Books Your Teen is Reading (Step By Step with Photos)   Step One: Visit Amazon.com   Step Two: Look…

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  • How to Handle Sibling Squabbles

    “Fine. Just stay away from me!” she yelled. My daughter’s door slammed and I heard her crying. “Why do you always do that!? Why are you always so mean?” my other daughter yelled back as she stomped into their shared bedroom. The door slammed again. Lots of arguing followed. It was one of those mornings. The two oldest siblings had spent most of it at each others’ throats for various reasons, and I had enough of their bickering. I determined to find a solution to the morning’s chaos once and for all. I walked firmly across the hall and opened their bedroom door, “Both of you have chores. Together. Go. Downstairs.…

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  • Books You Won’t Mind Your Teenage Daughter Reading

    At my house, we love books. But finding books that are within our “okay” range for our teens is super-duper hard. At the highest standard our values in books are: no cussing no teen dating no magic no sex no overly graphic scenes no drug use no homosexuality no indulging in sinful behavior That said, we’ve had to let our “perfect” standards loosen when if we want our children to enjoy reading without feeling like everything secular is off-limits. For our older children, we allow mild cussing here and there, a party-scene if it’s pertinent to the storyline, a few kissing scenes and mild violence. We strive to keep everything…

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  • Motherhood is like a Casserole (with Recipe)

    Have you ever said, “I feel like I am messing up my kids?” Me, too. I tell you a little secret I learned while struggling to make a casserole with a messy house, crazy hungry kids and only a few ingredients. It will definitely change the way you view motherhood. Motherhood can be messy, but if you make sure you add some KEY ingredients you will come out with a delicious kid. (Okay, don’t really eat your kids). They are hungry…again. With six mouths to feed, nourishing my children can feel like a never-ending task. I raided the fridge to figure out what I could shovel in their mouths for…