Tag Archive: CHILDREN

What The Heck Does “Manly” Mean?

  Standing in the express line at our local Kroger store, I found myself behind an elderly gentleman holding a large, vibrant arrangement of flowers. The line was long so I decided to interrupt his internal conversation and impose… Continue reading

What Should We Do Tonight? (A Tragic Poem About Dashed Dreams)

    What a wonderfully dreary, cold winters night, let’s do something that brings us joy and delight!

He That Smelt It Dealt It?

  The Moderate family was enjoying a movie the other night. My tummy bubbled. (you know… when the air takes that sharp corner around the left side of one’s intestines)

We Mamas Say Stupid Things!

  Mercy is an essential part in handling words that are said to us or that we assume are said at us. Mercy: Compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish… Continue reading

The Christmas Story (Retold and Illustrated By Oldest)

  Oldest wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Here is her gift to you (along with italicized, satirical commentary by yours truly)!

If You Could Give Your Friends One Gift For Christmas It Would Be… ?

  The year was 2009. The month was December. Moderate Daddy and I attended a Christmas party where a dear friend of mine told the following story. DEAR FRIEND: “My daughter brought home a paper… Continue reading

Semi-Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

    What if I told you that for under $5 you can make a gallon of healthy liquid hand soap? Would you skip? Would you jump? Would you say, “NO WAY!”? Our skin… Continue reading

A Day In The Life Of My Stretchy Pants

    A Day In The Life Of My Stretchy Pants   (knock, knock, ding, dong) Oh my gosh, it’s twelve past three. A delivery is coming, that’s just my luck, probably something… Continue reading

Why Her Blue Hands Pushed Me Over The Homeschooling Fence

  The van door slid open, my daughters eyes were downcast… sad. “Hi Love. How was school?”

Next Halloween Will Cost More Than My Nicest Pair Of Shoes!

  Halloween… the official kick off to the holiday season… it’s a neighborhood affair. Our front yard is the hosting ground for the hotdog cookout (slash) potluck (slash) dessert extravaganza. Our neighbors front yard is the… Continue reading

Day Light Savings… A Call for Abolishment!!

  Most of us mamas had a crappy Sunday morning. And now the fear of what is to become of our children and our mental sanity during the next few weeks has set in. Unless… Continue reading

Lesson Learned On A Train

  Moderate Daddy and I enjoyed a refreshing vacation to the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains for our 10 year anniversary (and I mean vacation… not “family time”… there were zero… Continue reading

Do We Praise Our Children… Too Much?

  Trophies for everyone! Participation ribbons for all!! Saying “that looks awesome” about a scribble picture!!! Affirmation (aka… praise) plays an important roll in the process of a human developing a healthy, well grounded sense… Continue reading

Fruit and Potty Parts

One  result of having children of the opposite sex is that being around the opposite sex becomes normal everyday living. Boys are boys… girls are girls… no big deal.. nothing new here! My boys won’t think girls… Continue reading

Dear Future Daughter-In-Law,

Dear Future Daughter-In-Law, I hope tonight you are safely tucked into your bed. That your daddy read you a story… sang you a sweet song… told you “I love you” and kissed you… Continue reading

Homophones are Horribly Frustrating

Saturday evening, the Moderate Family went to a local art festival that Moderate Pop Pop (my dad) was in. Great food, good music and wonderful art filled our night with memories, laughter and a… Continue reading

CHARACTER NURTURING: Tangible Ways to Discipline (part 4 of 4)

I feel like I just wrote a chapter in a book so might I suggest reading this in doses or getting a nice cup of coffee and settling in! Writing about things I… Continue reading

Church is Making My Children Sick!

Is it a sign? Is it coincidence? I don’t know but what I do know is every action has a reaction. As for Sundays… we go to church… have a wonderful time of… Continue reading

For The Love of My Wallet, Eat Your Veggies… PLEASE!!

  $27,118… I’m quite certain that’s how much money the Moderate Family has wasted on well-intentioned, uneaten veggies!!! Right? Right!!

CHARACTER NURTURING: The Greatest is LOVE! (part 3 of 4)

  I shared in Part 1 that “good behavior” could be produced without love BUT “good character” could only be produced with love. For the first 3 years, Oldest and I were miserable… Continue reading