Category: 31 Days of Writing

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The Questions I Ask My Kids Every Night… And Why

Between sports and activities, scouts and meetings, work requirements and family obligations, it seems that the moments we have in meaningful conversations are sometimes few and far between. Gone are the days where we come home from work and talk as a family while the newborn lays peacefully on my child. Gone are the days where we gather around the living room carpet and watch a toddler scoot and grunt. We have entered a new season of life and it is busy, and packed, and intense.  In the limited amount of time where we are together, I make it a...

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The ONE Thing That You Must Start Doing With Your Family. TODAY.

No matter how busy you are, there is one thing that absolutely must be done every single day. EATING is both a staple for fueling your body with energy, and an important time to build relationships and connect with one another over a shared meal. If you have to carve out the time anyway, there is no better time spent than with family. Don’t wait for a holiday or festivity to hold hands around the table, either. Families that eat together have strengthened bonds and are able to connect with one another during the dinner time rush. Make time, even if...

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Presence in Parenting, Despite the Distractions

We live in a fast paced world. We live in a technological world. We live in an instant gratification world. We live in a world where it is more likely that you’ll post about your dinner plans on social media long before you would broach an actual verbal conversation with the person you’re tagging in the online photo. Long story, short: The struggle is real when it comes to slowing down life and enjoying what we have right in front of us. Distractions Our brains have been electrically programmed over the last few decades to crave screens, give our thumbs...

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Day 2: Presence Over Presents

Throughout my childhood, I remember wanting…. Wanting name brand jeans, wanting the newest CD, wanting the coolest gadget. And not receiving those items. Until a holiday or birthday. There was definitely no “getting something new for the sake of getting something new.” Nor would I have considered it an option. You see, gifts at my house were reserved for special occasions. It was another reminder of just how blessed we were to celebrate Christmas and have a special exclusive day in our honor. We may not have been royalty every day of the year, but on Christmas and Birthdays, you...

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31 Days of Presence Over Presents

We are swimming in too much stuff. Too many toys, too many crayons, too many kitchen gadgets, too many towels. Just too much. My husband and I often feel like we are drowning in stuff. Our first clue was that we often feel like we need to clean and organize on weekends, at the expense of spending time with our three children. Eh. According to all of the minimalistic writing I run into each day on fellow bloggers’ sites and social media, I feel like I’m not alone in this feeling. Can anyone relate?  From Planner to “Liver” After months of...

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