Category Archives: Parenting

A Hero in the Making

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A Hero in the Making | a Father's Day poem from Loving Life at Home

When my husband and I first married, we had more time than money, so much of our gift-giving consisted of poems and short stories we wrote for one another. I guess old habits die hard, because we still fall back on handwritten gifts from time to time. Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d publish another… Read more »

What Spiders Know that Moms Forget

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Moms are amazing. They birth babies. They make milk. They keep their household humming. But spiders are pretty savvy, too. They spin silk. They weave webs. They provide for public pest control. I’m not saying spiders are smarter than moms, but many mothers — myself included — could learn a few things from spiders in general and from one spider… Read more »

25 Ways to Raise Capable, Confident Children

25 Ways to Raise Capable, Confident Children

The fourth of our twelve children will be leaving the nest in another couple of months, and it has my husband and me reexamining the job we have done (thus far) raising our children. Of course, we’ve made lots of mistakes (that’s another post for another day), but by the abundant grace of God (and by following the great example… Read more »

My “Do It Now” List

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My "Do It Now" List | Loving Life at Home

As important as it is to remember that life doesn’t end when our last child leaves home, it is even more imperative for us to recognize that that time will arrive much sooner than we think. Which is why, on the back of my “Empty Nest List”, I keep a “Do It Now List” — for all those fleeting pleasures… Read more »

My Empty Nest List

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My Empty Nest List | Loving Life At Home

I distinctly remember crying when my firstborn was only four days old, because our time together was ticking by so fast. And sure enough, it seems like I barely blinked before he was grown and gone, with a wife and four sons of his own. Although I still had nine little chicks in my nest when that first one fledged… Read more »

My Preschooler Put Me in a Padded Cell

Have you ever noticed what a great sense of humor God has? Back in the days when I thought that my home had to look picture perfect for me to entertain guests, my children did their best to make sure it didn’t, and I sometimes wonder whether God didn’t put them up to their antics, just to keep their mama… Read more »

How Will You Be Remembered?

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The Flanders Family: Mom and Kids

An interviewer once asked Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison how she had become such a great writer. Did she study a particular method? Read books to hone her craft? Study under famous authors? To which Morrison laughed and replied, “Oh, no, that is not why I am a great writer. I am a great writer because when I was a little… Read more »

Putting It in Perspective

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I don’t know who wrote the following poem, but it is a good reminder that we should “not despise the day of small things.” This season of life will be over before we know it, and won’t I miss it when it’s gone!. My days are days of small affairs, Of trifling worries, little cares, A lunch to pack, a… Read more »

A Sure-Fire Way to Wipe Out Whining

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Wipe Out Whining

If you’ve ever had a child who is given to whining, you know how grating it can get on the nerves of every member of the household. We do our children no favors by letting them get away with such behavior; nevertheless, I think mothers, especially, are prone to make excuses for this bad habit. “He missed his nap. He’s… Read more »

Have You Hugged Your Kids Today?

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10 Good Reasons to Hug Your Kids Daily

If you haven’t already hugged your kids today, here are ten good reasons to do so now. And if you have, here’s a bunch of good excuses to hug them again. 1. Hugs are nice. 2. Hugs give you a good feeling inside. 3. Kids need hugs to stay healthy. I once read — although I cannot for the life of… Read more »

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