3 Character Traits to Instill in Children

Character Education is a structured program to teach children good behavior traits. The usual traits include respect, caring, self-discipline, honesty—typical characteristics that most people would agree are indicative of a “good” person. I would like to propose a few more “soft” traits that I think should be included in every program of character education. I believe these traits are important because they create well-rounded children who are fulfilled.

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9 Real Mom Fails

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the ‘mom fails’ I have committed. I’m sure you have your own list as well. These fails bring guilt into our lives and torment us day after day, causing us to wake up every morning with a new mission to be a “better mom.” We stress about things such as making sure our kids eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day, or reading 20 minutes with them every night. Don’t allow them to eat sweets and only use detergent specially made for kids’ clothes. But honestly, I think there are bigger problems, ‘real mom fails’ that we all should be aware of…

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Life as a Mother and Author

Life as a mother is not easy. I know because I raised two boys. One is 27 and the other is 18. When my oldest son Danmario was in daycare, he had an incident that pushed me over into the writer’s world, something I wanted to do as child. It’s such an accomplishment and such an incredible and rewarding feeling, seeing your literary works come to fruition.

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3 Simple Steps To Guilt-Free Parenting

Ah Guilt – a parent’s constant companion! From morning until night, it follows us around like a bad smell. And when I say bad, I mean smelly-nappy-left-for-days-in-a-bin-bag-already-filled-with-rotting-meat-smelly. Just so we’re clear. No matter how good a job we do or how hard we work, we just can’t seem to shake the feeling. It’s as if we’re always accompanied by an old judge banging his over-used gavel (not a euphemism) and shouting “Guilty!” at every possible opportunity.

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Say What?! 20 Crazy Things I’ve Actually Said as a Parent

Before I had kids, I always pictured my life to be perfect with perfectly dressed and perfectly behaved, beautiful children. Reality check. Although I do think my children are beautiful…nothing is perfect. Sh#t hit the fan as soon as our first child was born and things got even more ridiculous when we added more children to the mix. Farewell planning. Three children later, I find myself often saying pretty funny things to them. Out loud. In public…sometimes in front of strangers. You would be amazed at some of the things you find yourself saying as a parent.

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5 Truths About the Suburban Stay-At-Home Mom

As the self-proclaimed Stay-At-Home Queen of Suburbia, I feel it is my duty to confirm some truths regarding what us Stay-At-Home Moms do all day…I mean there are a lot of hours in the day, right? If we aren’t going to work what the heck do we do all day?! Get our nails done? Shop? Here are five truths about being a stay-at-home mom.

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A Dad’s Guide to Helping Your Teenage Daughter with…”Woman Things”

Coming into the tween/teen years for girls can be quite difficult for them, but also for their dads. You start to lose that little girl, so to speak, as she becomes a young woman. She’s changing rapidly and going through a variety of female milestones, both mentally and physically. This can be intimidating to a dad. But this time in your daughter’s life can make or break your relationship, depending on how you handle things. Here are a few lessons I have learned about raising a teenage daughter and navigating the tricky milestones that she’s experiencing on her journey to becoming a woman.

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I Did Something Right? Wonders Never Cease!

As mothers, we are always second-guessing ourselves. Did we do this right? Could I have done something differently? Did I handle this situation correctly? It’s no wonder that when we do something right, we’re surprised! And what’s really crazy, is that we are probably doing a lot more right than we give ourselves credit for. But it’s so hard to realize that when our kids aren’t necessarily ‘happy’ with us all the time. I’ve always felt that if my kids were happy with me all the time, then I probably wasn’t doing my job correctly. After all, this is not a popularity contest, it’s motherhood. Here are some ideas shared with me that, after looking back, the mother (or father) felt they did the right thing.

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