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Hello from the author of “Raising Amazing Children (… While Having a Life of Your Own)” Deborah Drezon Carroll:
Our daughter’s wedding was a glorious event for us, as you might imagine. After it was over, though, one thing stuck in my mind. People, our friends and other guests whom we didn’t know, repeatedly came up to us and said, “Your daughters are amazing. What’s your secret?”
While that is a beautiful sentiment, and may even be true (if I do say so myself), I wondered: Are they really amazing? We have three daughters who are really just lovely people with good hearts and good souls. They weren’t exceptional students (they were good students for the most part) or outstanding athletes (they did try, though); they didn’t cure cancer in our basement, or discover the secret to solving the world hunger problem. They didn’t win scholarships or attend Ivy League colleges. They just were good kids (most of the time but certainly not without challenges along the way) who grew up to be teachers.
And that’s when I realized: maybe they are amazing.
If the goal of being a good parent is to do the job well enough for our kids to leave us someday and be happy people who are independent and live with integrity and decency, and if achieving that is amazing, maybe we were all amazing.
I thought about how we achieved such greatness. What was our parenting secret?
My husband and I had both been teachers early in our careers. We learned a great deal about how children develop. We learned strategies for facilitating growth in young people by treating them with respect, trust, faith, and high expectations. And, when we had our first child we got some very good advice.
The advice was to find ways to integrate our child into our lives rather than turning our lives completely upside down to integrate ourselves into our child’s life. In other words, we were advised to raise our kids while living life the way we loved it before our kids were born as much as possible. We were told to find ways to keep doing the things we loved so we could share them with our kids. And so we did. Whatever we did, we invited our kids to do it with us. From cleaning the house to traveling across the country on a camping trip (Yes, we did go on a cross country trip with three kids under the age of 5!), if it was something we did before we had kids, we did it with our kids. We tried not to give up any of the things that mattered to us before we became parents, we just found ways to incorporate our children into those activities.
As a result, our children learned life skills by experiencing life with us. They learned to love reading and writing as we do so they value education. They can do simple home repair, they all did their own laundry since they were very little, and each can negotiate a tight deal of any sort. They understand the value of work and the need to budget money as they watched us do both and learned by seeing our struggles and our successes. They learned compassion and caring for family, friends, and strangers as they lived both on a daily basis. In short, they learned how to live life by living it with us and witnessing the ins and outs of making a life work.
The simple tasks of everyday living provide parents with opportunities to teach children something of value each day. By inviting your kids to work alongside as you do things like shopping, housecleaning, gardening, cooking, home repair, traveling and more, you both win. You’ll save time as you’ll have helping hands to get the jobs done faster, your child will learn priceless life skills, and you’ll all have more time to enjoy life together.
By incorporating your kids into your life, you get to continue living a life that makes you happy. Happy parents raise happy children. Your kids will thank you for it… some day!
Raising Amazing Children (…While Having a Life of Your Own). The title sums up our parenting secret.
To learn more about Debby and her book, visit her website!

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The month of March is about new life… The snow starts to melt… Trees start to bud… Flowers start to bloom…Spring is here! What would be the best way to celebrate Spring?? How about with the Ultimate Mommy and Baby Event! The entire month of March Kathleen’s Blog Spot will write about everything Mommy, Baby, Pregnancy and Parenting. There will be several giveaways through out the month. Including A Huge Mommy and Baby Giveaway from March 8th – 31st. Two winners will take home over $500.00 in prizes from various small businesses!!!!

Be sure to look for New Reviews of the latest baby items and pregnancy must haves from our favorite companies and small businesses, including Pinxav, Tomy, Bear Haven Boutique, Pink Bowtique and more. You will also find Guest Posts from some our favorite bloggers. The month is sure to be full of fun and excitement!

Who is the one person that helped to make you who you are today?



That is the easiest question. I would say that my mom is the one person that helped make me who I am today. She was a stay at home mom from the time my little brother was born, until he graduated. She was the first one up every morning and the last one to sleep every night. She made sure that we were up every morning and were never late for school. One of her favorite sayings is “A place for everything and a thing for every place.” I honestly think I heard this in my sleep she said it to me so many times. And forget telling her if I couldn’t find something because I didn’t want to hear it. And forget about staying up late on a school night because you would hear her other favorite sayings, “Early to bed, Early to rise. Makes a person Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.” She was always home when we got home from school to help with our homework. (Snack would be there too.) Dinner was never late. She swore by her schedule and even though I hate admitting it, It worked. We were never late and always early. You learned not to question what mom says because you would hear “I told you so.” My mom was the one that I could always count on and I knew she would never let me down even if I let her down. I could always count on her and knew she would be there to dry my tears. I hated fighting with my mom even though I started a lot of them because I thought I knew better than her. Boy was I wrong! She never put herself first, it was always the family. She never took nights off even when she was sick. She was always a mom first and even now she is the same way everyone comes first. She made being a mom and wife seem easy. Being a mom is nowhere near easy, but she never let it show. 

I moved of my parents house three times and moved back in twice. And even if I never showed how much I appreciated my parents, if it wasn’t for them and their unconditional love, I wouldn’t be the person or mother that I am today.



I am now 28 years old and my mom is my Best Friend. She is the one that I can talk to about anything. The one that I can laugh with and cry with. Just hearing her voice comforts me. I strive everyday to be half of the mother that she was with my children. It’s funny how things you learn and see when you are a child stay with you. I use the same saying with my kids and repeat my self 1,000 times sure enough to say, “If you would have listened to me in the first place we wouldn’t be having this conversation. 

I LOVE YOU MOM!


So Who is the one person that helped to make you who you are today?

Girl Tells Santa She Wants Dad Home From Iraq, Doesn’t Know Santa is Dad (MUST SHARE)

I had to share this with our readers. I honestly cried. Even my husband turned his head so I wouldn’t see his eyes tearing.

( I Do Not Own This Video. All Credits Goes To CBS News Channel. I saw it online and wanted to share it with our readers.)

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The Santa Video Review and Giveaway

TheSantaVideo.com is the talk of the season, allowing parents to
create a fun, high quality, video of Santa Claus visiting their very
own home. Utilizing green screen technology, parents upload a picture
from their home, select a Santa Claus scenario, and let their software
superimpose Santa Claus right into your living room! Parents can then
stream their video or download a high quality version to share in
limitless ways including burning to DVD for Christmas morning.

TheSantaVideo.com is going to make five (5) of our readers winners! Each winner will receive a code that allows them to make their own Santa Video to share on Christmas morning with their children! Winner will be chosen on December 23, 2011.

Click here to enter to win your own Santa Video!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using
http://MomBlogSociety.com Regardless, I only recommend products or
services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

As a Blogger Mom, I have the great opportunities to meet other blogging moms and dads like me! We get to talk about topics of the same interest, support each others writings and most of all make each other laugh with the our parenting stories. My friend Clayton was able to do that this morning with his latest writing Children and Beer Caves:

One thing I have noticed over my years of working with children is the attitude their parents take concerning the exposure to alcohol.  Before anyone believes that I have a holier than thou approach, the truth is my ideas are fairly convoluted.  For example, I don’t drink around my children.  But, my wife will have a glass of wine with dinner occasionally and it doesn’t bother me in the least.  My friends also drink around my children at parties and I’m not put off by them either.  Not drinking around my children is simply a personal decision.  My goal for this post is for parents to simply think about their attitudes about alcohol and their children.

Last weekend, my wife ran out of wine.  Therefore (being the hunter gatherer of the house) I went out to correct this atrocity.  When I went to the liquor store though, I saw something that was a bit unusual.  A mom, dad, and two children (probably ages 8 and 5) walked out of the store’s beer cave with a cart full of beer.  While there are some people reading this thinking what bad parents they are, there are others pumping their fists thinking, “Now that’s what I am talking about.” Though I don’t want to judge this family, I question the message this act sends to their children.

To read the rest of the Article please visit:

http://www.claytonpaulthomas.com/archives/531

Tea Party

A toddler was giving her daddy a tea party. She brought him a little cup of “tea” which was just water, of course. After several cups of tea her Mom came home, Dad made her wait in the living room to watch his little Princess bring him a cup of tea, because it was “Just the cutest thing!” Mom waited and sure enough, here she comes down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy. Mommy watches him drink it up and then says “You know, the only place she can reach water is the toilet!”

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