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Getting the Most out of Theme Parks…for the Large Family

As you may know, we just took our family of seven kids ages eight months to eleven years old on a trip to California.  After the first (somewhat disappointing) day at Legoland we decided to be proactive on the two Disney days to make sure that the kids all felt like...

The Greatest of These…

Though I speak with the tongues of toddlers and teenagers,  and have not charity,  I become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  (cymbal? really?…every mom knows how annoying that is!)    And though I have a college degree and teaching certificate,...

5 Ways to Win the Hearts of Your Children

On this mission of winning the hearts of my children, I have wondered: How can I win their hearts? What is it that causes them to trust me with their hearts? Is there really hope for winning the hearts of all my children? Then I began to think about those people in my...

A Change of Heart

When I first began parenting, I was armed with very little experience.  I realize this is like Bill Cosby saying “I started out as a child”…haha.  But, what is amazing is that at the time, I thought I had experience.  I had worked as a caregiver for...

It’s just not working.

I try very hard to make things work for every member of our family.  My goal is to make our home reasonably pleasant, peaceful, organized, clean and a place that we all WANT to be.  This is a real challenge with six kids who are all home…all day…every...