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Pregnancy Shaming: What It Looks Like, Why It Sucks, and What To Do About It

Too many kids? Not enough kids? Pregnancy shaming is real, and it’s none of their business. Growing up in a large Roman Catholic family, I always knew I wanted to have anywhere from 4 to 7 kids. Both of my parents came from families with 7 kids, and their parents came from even larger families. …

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When and How to Teach Manners to Kids

On numerous occasions, my mother has told me, “Your child will not learn it the first time. It will take 5,387 times before he will start to catch on.” This couldn’t be more true if it stood up and pointed north! It isn’t true in every case. Sometimes kids pick up good habits just as …

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What to Do When Young Siblings Fight and Argue

Our children bicker, argue, tease, pick at one another, and sometimes physically fight. In their defense, the physical fighting usually starts in good fun. Someone eventually gets hurt, and it’s taken personally. Then they begin attacking each other without restraint. It’s a fact of life that if you have multiple children, they will find themselves …

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21 Free and Frugal Ways to Make a Child Feel Special on Their Birthday

Your birthday is the MOST exciting day of the year if you’re under the age of 21, that is. For children, they believe it is their one special day. No one is as special on their birthday as they are. Little do they remember that they are special to us every single day of their …

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11 Tips for How to Keep the Spark Alive After Having Kids

How do you keep the spark alive after having kids? Following this list of simple tips can help: Ditch the fairy tale Always say goodbye and hello, preferably with a kiss Chat often Flirt daily Greet each other with a compliment Affirm each other Express appreciation Prioritize your relationship Don’t be subtle about intimacy Leave …

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7 Game-Changing Ways to Find More Time in the Day

Two words—time management. One minute you think you’ve got it figured out, and the next, everything is in chaos again. My wife and I constantly felt like circus performers; you know, the ones that spin plates on those little sticks, and you’re just waiting for them to all come crashing down. Balancing our life with …

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What Financial Goals Should I Have for My Family?

What financial goals should I have for my family? That wasn’t something I thought about very much. Fast-forward to year five of our marriage, and it became abundantly clear after reviewing our bills that we needed more income. I was providing in-home daycare for one child, and Joe received an honorable discharge from the military, …

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11 Charitable Family Christmas Traditions You Need to Start Now

It’s easy to find yourself going through the motions with your family over the Christmas season. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, but the seasonal festivities can get repetitive. Decide if we’re going to put decorations up before or after Thanksgiving. Go around to family Christmas parties and eat way more than …

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How to Have Effective Communication With Your Spouse to Have a Happy Marriage

A Little Back Story Effective communication with your spouse? I never thought that would be a problem. I’ve always been a fairly confident person; at least, I try to be. Maybe I’m not, who knows. Joe and I got married when I was 20 years old. At that time, I can assure you that I …

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