Archives: March 2011

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10 Things I learned as a parent this week

I wrote this post for the Walnut Patch this week. Hope it brings you a chuckle! 10 Things I Learned as a Parent This Week    

This is what I should’ve done

You might have noticed that I am a big fan of Family Life. That’s because the President and host of the radio program, Dennis Rainey raised 6 children. And anyone who has raised 6 successful children is someone to whom I pay close attention. So I am going to quote him again today. I read [...]

Is less than 81 minutes a day with your child enough?

According to The Telegraph, a new study found that in Britain, those who work outside the home spend on average 81  minutes a day looking after their families, and that included meal times. This also included time spent with children at weekend – meaning that on working days, the average amount of time parents spent [...]

Are you a nagging wife??

While in my car running errands, I heard this on the Focus on the Family radio show yesterday, spoken by Linda Dillow: “…as women, as wives, we err greatly by our griping, and our complaining and nagging, and as I studied the book of Proverbs, I decided this is a gender specific sin … every [...]

Give a word of encouragement today

I had a discussion with a mom whose teenage daughter has been giving her attitude lately. Do you remember what you were like when you were a teenager? I mean, what YOU were like personally, not what IT was like in a general sense. We probably don’t remember our own know-it-all attitude, our ungratefulness to [...]

$100 bathroom makeover

If your house is like mine, the bathroom gets a lot of use and it shows! I came across Lowe’s suggestion on a quick remodel of the bathroom for less than $100. I am estimating I can do this in 2 days, with my husband’s and the children’s help. I’m going to try it. The [...]

1000 recommended books

I’m going to begin writing some mini-posts and jot down quick thoughts more often. Here’s one for today: It’s raining hard where I am in Southern California – a rarity for us, but it happens. It’s the perfect type of day to stay indoors with a good book. But what to read? What’s appropriate for [...]

Going to school or getting an education?

My daughter has a massive amount of exams and projects coming up, reminding me of the quote attributed to Mark Twain – “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.” Is she truly getting an education with all this schoolwork? Read my post that I wrote for the Walnut Patch where I address [...]

Comparing Hong Kong moms and Chicago moms

I came across this vid of Katie Couric interviewing author Ashley Merryman and parenting blogger Liz Gumbinner about controversial parenting approaches uncovered by Tiger Mom Amy Chua. Don’t worry, the interview is not only about Tiger Mom and her berating methods. That horse has been beaten enough. What I found interesting was Ashley Merryman talks [...]

Moms need a Mom Cave, $100 HomeGoods giveaway

Moms need a Mom Cave, $100 HomeGoods giveaway

It’s about time we give some attention to the Mom Cave.  You’ve heard of the Man Cave, but now HomeGoods is giving us some great ideas for a Mom Cave – a little spot to call our own. I’ve always thought that locking myself in the bathroom is my ultimate personal space. But creating a [...]