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American Winter: Family Bonding and Football Rage My husband Tim is extremely mellow, and a far cry from my own biological father. I feared my dad. To this day at twenty-five years old and living across the ocean, my heart skips a beat when I see him on caller ID, wondering if I did something to upset him.

Parenting Tips from Our Father Parenting is a challenge because so much is at stake; the responsibility of another human being not only falls on your shoulders, but most importantly on your heart as you want to do it right. As parents, we tend to get stressed, overwhelmed looking for answers and tips on parenting God's way everywhere but in His word.

All I Want for Christmas Is… As far as I'm concerned I don't need a single present under the tree or even a piece of coal in my stocking. While both are appreciated, my soul is set on a few other goodies. Not necessarily things to be wrapped, but much-needed gifts. Join us during the month of December as we explore several blessings we'd love to receive this Christmas.

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Deluxe Dream Tent Review and Giveaway I saw some really cool toys and gadgets at BlogOn UK back in September. But I remember being particularly wowed by the folks at the ReCreation stall with their Dream Tents. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be sent a Dream Tent to review - and I also have one to give away!

Five Festive Cleaning Hacks Does getting and keeping the house clean at Christmas cause you stress? Well, it turns out you are not alone, as according to research carried out by Regina Blitz 63% of UK residents admit they miss out on family time during the festive season because they begin to tidy the house at least a week before the big day.

Now you are nine Now you are nine, and I can't imagine not having you in my life. We drive each other mad at times for neither of us are perfect, in some respects we are just too similar. But at the end of each and every day we know that we are loved, cherished and cared for.

She's Here: My Birth Story It's been just over SIX weeks since the most important moment of my life. It felt like every other morning, I had yogurt and muesli, showered and rushed off to the hospital for my check-up. As with every other check-up, we expected to be in and out within an hour and spend the rest of the day binge-watching series and eating everything in sight.

Positively Inspirational: The meaning of Christmas And not just for Christmas. This is my last post as Positively Inspirational Editor. I'm handing over the reins to the super mummy blogger Georgina Clarke who will bring you her own dose of positivity from the new year. Happy December and remember. Christmas is for you too.

December 9: being a mom I don't have the time or energy to really get into all the things I'm thinking about, but today was my oldest kid's 14th birthday, so I've been thinking about being a mom and all that goes into that. A lot of being a mom is kind of forced onto us by society.

How to Reduce Festive Stress and Avoid a Gingerbread House Fail Thanks to Organix for inspiring this alternative to a gingerbread house. This post has been commissioned as part of the No Junk Journey campaign. To find out how I work with brands check out my Work With Me page. Your email address will not be published.

Peaceful Goodbye - A Short Story My eyes were parched, yet I kept them open, watching you as I did when you walked to the school bus. It seemed like such a long way for you to walk with your little legs. I told you not to look back, that looking back would make it harder, and I wanted us to have a "peaceful goodbye".

November 1st thru November 30th - 2018 I turned my alarm and went back to sleep, so she was 10 minutes late to school today. Whenever I have to ask her more than 3 times to do something, my voice becomes very stern, then she starts whining that I'm mad at her!

Study proves that parents of babies with big heads more likely to click on articles about babies with big heads A scientific study has proven what most Facebook users have long suspected: parents of babies with large heads are more likely to click, tag and like articles about babies with big heads. This is particularly the case with articles that suggest big-headed babies will grow up to become high achievers.

Please Stay Little As we inch closer to my son's 11th Christmas I look at him and realize that his innocent reality is changing more rapidly than I expected. In the 90's, I like to believe that my 11 year old innocence was still intact. While Santa wasn't exactly realistic, so many more of my untainted beliefs were.

When parenting styles collide, what does it mean for your relationship? What do you do when you don't agree on even the basic stuff?

How one parent helped change the conversation around parenting with a disability Where were any parents with disabilities? They weren't on TV, either. I couldn't even think of any movies that accurately represented a parent with a disability. Yet in Australia, 20 per cent of households has a parent with a disability. So where were we?

December 9, 2018 It's really hard to believe that Christmas is almost here, and I haven't bought a single present. We have our tree up, our lights on, and I'm ready to be making cookies for Santa. On that note, today was eventful.

Focus Time These goals require me to focus my time and prioritize things in life. These goals simply will not happen by waiting long enough. I will go ahead and announce this publicly, as I am hoping to also have a bit of accountability tied to this post. I am studying for actuarial exams, again.

No, Really, What's That Smell? I live in a house with four sons. It is loud and fun and chaotic. At any time you might find a pair of socks on the counter, paper airplanes in the light fixtures, or Lego pieces on the steps. Mostly I embrace these reminders of the high level of testosterone in our home.

Win with ErgoPouch and Sudocrem #12DaysofConstantChristmas Day 10 Today's competition is for a Joey ErgoPouch and Sudocrem goodies. In this competition you will win a Joey from ErgoPouch RRP £25 and SudoCrem goodies, worth £9. Competition Day 10 - Joey and Sudocrem:. Ergopouch, Joey means no more tears over a lost comforter!

Never Alone My kiddos go through phases where my words are useless. I know that phase. Is it a phase? Right now we are in the:. Don't tell me, I'm sure not to hear you. If you show me, I will understand. Thankfully, with a prayer, sprinkled with patience, I connect with each one.

391 Christmas Dinosaurs Today we put up our Christmas tree. It's no longer an optional seasonal whim now that we have a four year old, but an important permanent tradition we need to uphold if we want to retain our self-respecting parenting badge. Also, I like Christmas lights.

'My husband's ex won't let me take their child for Santa photos' "When her mother heard about it, she hit the ceiling," she said. Commending the step mum for using empathy and taking a step back from the situation, Blackstone pointed out the unspoken rule about each parent not being able to control what happens at the other home.

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