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Feb 27

February 27, 2017

Who Should come First, Your Spouse or the Kids?

Who Should Come First, Your Spouse or the Kids?

Who should come first, your spouse or the kids?  I did some quick research on this topic, and it brought up articles that gave conflicting advice.  “Put your husband first to preserve your marriage and thereby your children’s happiness.”  “By putting your husband first you teach children what it takes to have a happy marriage so they in turn can have a happy marriage someday.”  Other articles said the opposite.  “Remember spouses may come and go but your children will…

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Nov 22

November 22, 2016

For These Things, I am Truly Grateful!

Many people use the month of November to post each day something they are thankful for.  My “thankful” list could be broken down to cover the 30 days of November and then some!  On top of that, I have multitude of blessing that I’m sure aren’t covered here, though I did try to make my categories broad enough to cover almost everything. So here it is – My annual Thankful List, with a few minor tweeks, just as relevant today as it…

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Jul 11

July 11, 2016

Playing Outside is Good for Kids

Playing Outside is Good For Children!

Playing Outside is Good for Children!   Playing outdoors is good for children!  It surprises me that so many parents don’t know this.  As a childcare provider for over 25 years, I’ve had many parents ask me to keep their children inside, either because it is “too cold” or “too hot”.  But, whether they are building a snowman or playing in the kiddie pool there are many health benefits to children playing outside.  Check out the list below. The Many Benefits…

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Nov 6

November 6, 2015

Paper Bag Turkey

The kids will love this fun Paper Bag Turkey!  It’s a perfect Thanksgiving craft for the little ones. You will receive it free as my thank you gift when you subscribe to the Love My Big Happy Family.  Plus you’ll get the monthly newsletter with info on all kinds of fun and exciting things you can find right here on the LMBHF website. LMBHG is an Online Lifestyle Magazine for families – Yours, Mine and Everyone Else’s!  Featuring Crafts, Recipes, Home…

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Aug 27

August 27, 2015

Remembering Our Boys’ Bio Parents

When our girls were 11 and 12, we adopted two brothers who were 13 and 14 at the time.  The boys had lost their mom when they were just babies and their dad about three years before.  One of the priorities I had at that time was to help the boys have fond memories and feelings about their family.  I wanted to make sure they felt like we were an addition to their family, not a replacement.  (They still have…

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Aug 3

August 3, 2015

Gardening With My Grandkids

My favorite place to spend time as a little girl was in our beautiful yard with my daddy. Our yard was exquisite with fruit trees and ornamental shrubs, lush green grass and colorful flowers of all kinds. I would listen as he talked with our neighbors over the back fence,  watch and learn as he did his gardening and we would have conversations about all kinds of things. Our yard was a gathering place for our family whether it was…

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Jul 10

July 10, 2015

When Should Babies Begin to Feed Themselves?

Most babies can begin learning to feed themselves by around 9 months old.  Their fine motor skills are developing and at this age they can begin to pick up small pieces of soft food between their forefinger and thumb.  They may start by using all of their fingers and grabbing a handful of food.  They often miss what they’re trying to pick up or drop it halfway to their mouths.  Don’t let that frustrate you.  As long as baby isn’t…

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Jun 15

June 15, 2015

Never Sneak Out While Baby Is Distracted!

Separation Anxiety Loving parents don’t wnat their kids to be upset, that’s a given.   Lots of kids have separation anxiety, so I guess that’s the reason so many parents who are leaving their children with a sitter sneak out when the little ones aren’t looking. Sometimes we forget there that just because we can’t see them, doesn’t mean that they aren’t upset.   Inevitably your little one will discover you are gone and become upset when they realize it….

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Apr 17

April 17, 2015

Bathrime Brouhaha

Bathtime Brouhaha!

 Bathtime Brouhaha!  Swoosh, Splish, Trickle, Drip, SPLASH! Almost all kids love bath time. I suspect most of those who don’t, have parents who are doing it wrong!  Even when you’re in a hurry, bathtime can be fun. It doesn’t need to take a long time (though I’ve had many a kid protest getting out of the tub when they had already played so long they’d nearly turned into a prune!). But, most of the time you should allow kids a few…

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Apr 8

April 8, 2015

Discipline Should Be Private

Discipline Should be Private Every once in awhile as I scroll through my Facebook feed I cringe because I’ve happened upon a parent publicly shaming their child. There for all their friends to see is a mandate from their parents that they’re grounded for the next two weeks! Imagine if you did something wrong at work and your boss announced it to everyone at a staff meeting, or sent everyone an office email detailing your indescretion. Most likely you would…

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Apr 5

April 5, 2015

Frying Sparrow Eggs

Frying Sparrow Eggs As a little girl growing up, my cousin Charlie and I were the best of friends. We lived just a block apart and we rode bikes together, built tents, caught grasshoppers, and ran through the sprinklers! And one day we fried sparrow eggs! My daddy’s yard was beautiful and had lots of trees in it. The sparrows loved all those trees and they would build their nests in them, lay eggs and raise their young. This particular…

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