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Ask Jennifer – Get Real Tips for Disney World

Ask Jennifer - Get Real Tips for Disney World

My family and I went to Disney World in June. Now that I'm back and had time to process everything I learned, I want to share with you some get real tips for Disney World that you may not see in other places. When I started planning our Disney World vacation, I scoured the internet for tips. I created a Pinterest board, and I read everything I could find. I wanted to be sure this was the BEST VACATION EVER (in[...]

Re-Entry: Life After Depression

Re-Entry: Life After Depression

    Photo Credit: Re-Entry at BigStock Photo “How do you pick up the threads of an old life?” Frodo asked. I’m wondering, too. Over the past several months to years (honestly, it’s nearly impossible to put a time frame on it), life seeped out of me, leeching into the darkness of the worst depression I’ve ever experienced. Thoughts of suicide didn’t creep, ease, or sidle unbidden into my mind; rather, they invaded, catapulting themselves to the forefront of my brain in a full[...]

Is It Your Fault Your Kid Is Impatient?

Is It Your Fault Your Kid Is Impatient?

Photo Credit: Waiting Room at BigStock Photo “Just wait!” “Not right now.” “In a minute.” “Be patient, please.” “Wait your turn.” Why can’t our kids just wait?! I strive for patience–as much as any impatient person can. I let the lighter shopping cart skip ahead in line, hold doors for slow-approaching folks, wait in silence for the busy (or slow) customer service rep, and understand when a waitress is slammed. Our only-child household practices delayed gratification, or so I thought, until my toddler daughter’s Cirque du Soleil debut. The[...]

Parenting the Child in Front of Me

Parenting the Child in Front of Me

    Photo by Kirsten Piccini I guess it was inevitable for me to just assume there was only one way to parent a child.  From the moment those two small beating hearts flashed and flickered on the screen, I thought of them as one, a matched set.   I had no blueprint or roadmap for the journey. I felt that I had been parented the same as my siblings, even if it was apparent to me that the three of us were indeed different in temperament[...]

Mom’s Morning Groove Songlist 2.0

Mom's Morning Groove Songlist 2.0

Photo Credit: Dancing Mom at BigStock Photo We had so much fun getting our dance moves on with our kids last week that we decided to bring a little more shimmy and shake to your mornings with another playlist! Click on the photos below to get the song started. Share pics in the thread or let us know how it went. It's time to turn up the volume! MONDAY I Like to Move It Move It from Madagascar TUESDAY Happy by Pharrell Williams WEDNESDAY Shake It Off by Taylor Swift THURSDAY Stayin Alive by the BeeGees   FRIDAY Watch[...]

9 Reasons to Put Your Child to Work

9 Reasons to Put Your Child to Work

    Photo Credit: Child Doing Chores at BigStock Photo Long ago, back before the button was invented (and I’m not talking about the kind of button that keeps your pants up), eight-year-old children would wake up before the sun and go out to milk cows. Ten-year-old children would make bread from scratch. Twelve-year-old children would saddle their horse and bring home lost sheep. Now there is very little for an American child to do besides enjoy one leisure activity after another. But just because we don’t[...]

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