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Childrens Love Languages

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Childrens Love Languages

A few years ago my husband and I read a book about Love Languages. It talks about how each of us feels loved in different ways, and how to understand how your partner feels love and needs to be shown love. It was eye-opening for us. We both feel love differently, so we understand that we have to show love differently to one another. Recently we thought to ourselves how different our kids were as well. We discussed all the unique things about each of them. Then we asked each other how do our kids feel loved? So we reopened...

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Simple Meals: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

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Simple Meals: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Slow cooker meals make a busy parent's day so much easier. I love having a meal planned without the hassle of having to do a lot of work after coming home from a long day. I love my crock pot and I love my instant pot. Both of them have saved my family from bad takeout meals on several occasions. We have a lot of busy days this time of year. Spring brings out the nicer weather and the longer days, both at work and at our kids extracurricular activities. So we try to plan ahead for meals during this...

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Talking to Your Kids: Ways to Open up Conversation

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Talking to Your Kids: Ways to Open up Conversation

Do you ever feel like you know very little about your kids? I spend more time with my kids than I spend doing anything else in my life. Yet, I don't always feel as if I know them deeply enough. What are they feeling, what are they thinking? How was their day at school? I mean I ask them this every day, but I get those blah-blah answers that get us nowhere. I have done a lot of reading on the subject and have discovered other ways to get my kids to open up, by using open-ended questions and asking...

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Dealing with Kids with Big Hearts

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We have a birthday party coming up at our house. Our youngest will have his first birthday party where he invites his classmates. Our school has a rule that you have to invite everyone if you are inviting students from the classroom. My other children have never had an issue with this, but my youngest had the most interesting reaction so far. He is upset because his classroom includes a bully. He does not wish to exclude the student. What upsets him is that he does not want the child in question to bother his friends at his party. As...

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Making 30 minutes Count: Cleaning and Parenting Time Hacks

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Making 30 minutes Count: Cleaning and Parenting Time Hacks

We have been very busy with school and work, which means that some things are getting lost in the shuffle, or we have less time to do the things we usually do. Cleaning, organizing, and one-on-one parent-kid time have gotten lost in the shuffle. So we recently decided to make sure that we take a few extra minutes each day to do these things. All we really need is a few minutes. If you have limited time but want a few easy ways to make sure things get done, try these simple hacks. Bathroom cleaning: We have been so busy...

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