These are a collection of posts written to empower today’s parents to grow awesome families.

5 Steps from Empty Nest to Contentedness

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Have you ever woken up and wondered, “Whose life is this?” It’s been that kind of a year for me. I am the mom of four of the cutest little babies you can even imagine! Cute and cuddly, and they give the best hugs. They’re gorgeous!

Except… oh, wait! They aren’t babies anymore! Overnight, they’ve become teenagers! Fourteen, fifteen, eighteen, and twenty (next week). How did this happen? I finally mastered the art of raising toddlers and managing homework―I’m not ready for teenagers to leave home and head for college.

But that’s exactly what’s happening. Read more

Day 27: Don’t Let Niceness Bite You In The Butt

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is CONFRONT. Go!

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//  So… I’m a really nice person. I mean, I’m a reeeeeeally nice person. So much so that, over the years, my niceness has bitten me in the butt regularly.

Excuse me?

You see, I hate confrontation. I am the kind of person who would be nice to difficult people over and over and avoid confrontation AT ALL COSTS. Kinda like Switzerland. I were a Miss America contestant, I would have to say that my life mission was “World peace.”

I would avoid issues, I would avoid stressful situations, and I would avoid getting angry… that is until the situation got so bad that I would simply POP.

Have you been there?     Read more

The TERRIBLE First

rae-bday-1So today marks another first for us. Today is Raelynne’s 20th birthday and it is the first time we won’t be there to celebrate it. How terrible! (For those who don’t know, she is currently on the other side of the planet attending Hillsong College in the TV & Media Program.)

I have NEVER missed a birthday before! Obviously, I was at the first one, but I mean after that. I have NEVER missed a birthday for any of our kids, and I remember them ALL.

  • Her First Year Party was a disaster. We were the first in our circle to have kids, so we invited all of our friends over for a BBQ (about 35 people). Raelynne was so traumatized; I don’t think she started enjoying herself or playing with wrapping paper (like most babies do) until almost everyone had gone home. Poor baby.

After that, we adopted the guideline: when you turn 2, you can invite 2 friends. When you turn 3, you can invite 3 friends. And so on. It worked like the BOMB!

FAMILY BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS

Over the years, we’ve developed our own unique set of Family Birthday Traditions, such as Read more