Bedtime Bliss

By: Martianne Stanger Before marriage and children, one thing I fantasized about was parenting my own children to bed one day. I imagined cuddling with my darlings to say our bedtime prayers, sing calming lullabies and share bedtime stories before I got up, tucked each child into bed, offered each a kiss on the forehead and … More Bedtime Bliss

Independence

By: Heather Desmond O’Neill There’s nothing like a kid who can buckle his own seat belt. Two years ago when I had an infant and a toddler, leaving the house was a project.  The diaper bag was full of diapers, wipes, diaper cream, changes of clothes (because you knew the baby would inevitably poop through … More Independence

Gratitude Attitude

By: Sandra L. Churchill “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.” This is a favorite saying that a kindergarten teacher friend of mine shares regularly with her young students. This simple reminder for boys and girls to appreciate whatever color construction paper or whatever prize they are given is one that has … More Gratitude Attitude

Our Choice

By: Rachel Ventura This picture melts my heart. This was the first morning we were home from the hospital, complete as a family of four. I was on the couch with the baby, up very early of course. When my daughter woke up and came out of her room, the first thing she did was … More Our Choice

Face Painting

By: Heather Desmond O’Neill “Mama, can I get my face painted?” What’s better than being a kid with your face painted? Apparently, in my boys’ opinion, not much. This summer we experimented a lot with face painting.  At a few festivals we attended, the boys have wanted to wait in the line and get something painted … More Face Painting

Bedtime Sing-Along

By: Heather Desmond O’Neill “Mama, will you sing us just one more song….pleeeaassseee? Ah, the “goodnight” song. In our house it is usually the “goodnight concert.” After our routine of bath, stories and prayers, we end with a song…or four. It started with a short Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and has evolved into two longer songs … More Bedtime Sing-Along

Celebrating Greatness

By: Martianne Stanger “Who wants to hear about their greatness,” I ask as I glance down at the clock-radio, take a deep breath, and turn the ignition key. “Me! Me! Me!” A surge of eager voices spills forward from the back of the van,  washing away the woes of the moments before we hit the … More Celebrating Greatness

Top 5 Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids …

By: Abby Keane 5.  HUG your brother, don’t bodyslam him!  (Said nightly at bedtime) 4.  Don’t lick the stove! 3.  The cat’s tail is NOT a microphone! 2.  You are not having any more strawberries until you finish your pizza!  (Seriously, the kid is a side dish fiend!  Main dish, eh.) And… 1.  Don’t squeegee … More Top 5 Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids …