Moms & Dads

A Life Lesson in Simplicity

A Life Lesson in Simplicity

By Rachel Hoeing Last week I attended the funeral for an amazing woman named Donna. She was 86 years old and lived a life full of the most simple pleasures. She sat with us every Sunday at church, as my in-laws were so kind to provide her transportation each week. My...

Children Should Be HEARD and Not Seen

Children Should Be HEARD and Not Seen

By Guest Blogger Ginny Olson You know the expression: Children should be seen and not heard. It's total bunk. Do not build your parenting around this concept! You will live to regret it. Your kid will draw horses on the wall behind her bed. Or draw all over his head....

The Best Things about Being a Dad

The Best Things about Being a Dad

By Guest Blogger Steve Ford Today is Father’s Day. I know that for many dads it is a special day because it marks the end of a grueling 364 day stretch without a new tie, a $20 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods or the opportunity to take an afternoon nap. Mind you, I...

Handling the Mom Shamers

Handling the Mom Shamers

By Guest Blogger Elisa D Wallace It is hard enough being a mother—either new or experienced—without the onslaught of the infamous “Mom Shamers.” Yes, “mom-shaming,” (making a mother feel ashamed about a decision she has made in relation to motherhood), is happening to...

Extend A Hand

Extend A Hand

By Guest Blogger Lisette Hoschek As we entered the local pizza joint in the small town we were visiting for the weekend, my husband and I felt a tantrum brewing. Our youngest, Charlie, was already in tears in the parking lot. Less than a minute after we walked in, he...

My Favorite Parenting Resources

My Favorite Parenting Resources

By Guest Blogger Anna Keller It takes a village, as they say, when it comes to child rearing. For me, that village has come in the form of amazingly supportive friends and family as well as a collection of books, websites, podcasts, etc. that have helped me gain...

Oh. Hi Summer. You’re Back. (*heavy sarcasm*)

Oh. Hi Summer. You’re Back. (*heavy sarcasm*)

By Guest Blogger Thea DeLoreto Ah, summer vacation. I see you are back, you Minx. I know you are all popular and everyone loves you. I get it. You are all hot and steamy and fun with your sunshine and your maxi dresses. But like every great super star...you have your...

Ellen’s Book Nook ~ Top Picks for Summer Reading 2019

Ellen’s Book Nook ~ Top Picks for Summer Reading 2019

By Guest Blogger Ellen Lloyd As Gershwin wrote, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy!” Summer is finally here, signaling time for more relaxed schedules, fun times with family and friends and lots of time to enjoy great summer reads! Whether you enjoy lazy days by the...

Road Trip Apps for 2019

Road Trip Apps for 2019

By Guest Blogger Abbie Polos My husband is from Knoxville, TN so at least five times a year we pack the kiddos into the car and head over the mountains to see Grammy. We have driven the route so many times we have it down to a science. We know the quick stops and the...

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