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Fashion Sense? Snort-She Was BORN With It!

01/10/2013 14:33:57 PM

Claire is on the left One evening as I tried to rush out of the house, Claire glanced up from her homework, scrutinized me up and down disapprovingly and asked, very slowly, “Are you going out?” Tiny, adorable, clever and independent Claire was also strong-willed, high maintenance an..

Quit Trying to Dismember Me!

01/09/2013 15:10:35 PM

  Bieing the youngest can be a trial What happens when you live with five older sisters? It was a beautiful fall day. The sun was already warm Although the school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes, six-year old Rebecca, my youngest child, already had her lunch..

Diatribe: Octomom Is Back On The Dole.

01/08/2013 09:20:13 AM

I know people who, by no fault of their own, find themselves on government assistance.  These are the people for whom these programs were created.  A death in the family, an injury or extreme medical condition, loss of a job or the need to care for loved ones are just a few reasons that pe..

Shadow: Quirky, Annoying but Always Loved

01/07/2013 12:34:35 PM

  An intergal part of the family Shadow, a humongous, drooling black lab mix, with overgrown feet and an clumsy personality. Shadow was part of my children's lives for 13 years. He was the most quirky and annoying pet we have ever owned. He was also messy, bossy and slightly dense. I can on..

Serene Sunday- New Look at Parents/Kid Relationships - We're Not Friends

01/06/2013 14:58:38 PM

Serene Sunday - there is serenity in realizing that you are supposed to be a parent, not a friend. Each serene Sunday throughout the month of January will take a new look at ways of looking at the parent/child relationship. In upcoming weeks we will look at: parents as stewards raising children to..

Teens Influence on Younger Children

01/06/2013 09:46:03 AM

  Credit: familyTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?? What did our younger kids sing during circle time? We were standing in line at the Canadian Tire's automotive desk with our youngest daughter. Lucy, three weeks before turning two, was sitting quietly in the shopping cart looking adorable in a ..

Temper Tantrum?

01/05/2013 08:51:55 AM

  Credit: sonbabies are completely dependant on their caregiver My first thought is to pity the child, not the mother. As a mother of nine kids, people often ask me, "How on earth did you manage without any help? " If I had to divulge one secret that I was fortunate enough to discove..

Do You Believe that Children NEED to Bond with Animals?

01/04/2013 20:01:03 PM

Credit: familyMary is squeezing Hammy again! The Canadian scientist, David Suzuki , believes that all children need to bond with animals. While watching my own kids interact with our pets and farm animals, I realized that children have a deep-seated need to relate to animals. Since I grew up in ..

Diatribe: Fake Braces As Fashion.

01/04/2013 10:27:46 AM

When I was a very young child, the only children I knew that wore braces were “the rich kids”.  The field of cosmetic dentistry had not yet come to be and the cost of orthodontia was outrageous.  Many of my peers had a crooked tooth or something else that would be “c..


01/03/2013 16:34:40 PM

By Dennis Dames:   Many have said that it will be a good year; one where prosperity reigns and the hard times for so many deserving - subside. I'm feeling good about a fresh beginning, with a new unyielding outlook on life and the roads ahead. I could sense that success is on the horizon for ..

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