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WHAT? !! You Want To Shave Your Head and Pierce Your Ears?!

01/13/2013 20:38:28 PM

Rebecca wants a belly stud. Does it REALLY matter? Does this disagreement really have to do with morality, commonsense or responsibility or is it simply a matter of taste, choice or opinion?” As parents, we are often counselled to choose our battles with our children and refrain from forb..

BBB Time: Bath, Book, Bed

01/12/2013 15:27:11 PM

On hectic days, the whole routine became an assembly line. In a family of eleven, everything is a big deal.   However it was bath time, grooming time, story time and bed time that took a lot of creative problem solving abilities as well as a big investment in time. On hectic days thi..

Ovation: 5th Brooklyn Scouts – How Scouting Should Be.

01/11/2013 10:29:27 AM

I learned this week that one of my classmates from my childhood had passed away.  While we weren’t the best of friends, we did grow up together.  We had the same teachers in preschool, elementary school, grade school and frequently in high school.  His mother was our Den Mother&..

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..

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