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Teaching Gratefulness

Teaching Gratefulness

Grateful teens start with grateful toddlers who have grateful parents. How do we get from demanding preschooler to generous teenager?

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Donielle By Donielle, November 21, 2020
To My Daughter on her 18th Birthday

To My Daughter on her 18th Birthday

A letter to my daughter on her 18th birthday

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Donielle By Donielle, November 14, 2020
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A Parent Looks at 45

A Parent Looks at 45

You may have heard that I had a birthday last weekend. It was a big one. I turned 45, if anyone is counting. And I am. It felt really strange because my mom died at 45. I have always thought she died way too young, but now I feel that sentiment intensely. For people who…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 1, 2019
What I’m Doing Differently with My Third Child

What I’m Doing Differently with My Third Child

There are a few small parenting changes I am making with my third child.

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Donielle By Donielle, September 12, 2019
Amazing Tricks for Picky Eaters

Amazing Tricks for Picky Eaters

Try these fresh tricks for getting picky eaters to eat healthy!

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Donielle By Donielle, May 30, 2019
Help for an Angry Kid

Help for an Angry Kid

To wrap up this little series on child discipline there is one more aspect of misbehavior that is important to address: ANGER.  An angry kid is a difficult one.  They can be sullen or volatile, moody or vicious.  But at the heart of anger is pain.  Anger is easier than working through grief.  It is…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 6, 2017
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What To Do When My Relationship With My Kid Needs Work

What To Do When My Relationship With My Kid Needs Work

My mother once read a biography of Susanna Wesley, mother of the hymn writer and evangelist who founded the Methodist Church.  It described how Susanna Wesley, mother of 19 children, gave each one individual time during each week.  Granted, not all lived to adulthood, but still very impressive. Susanna Wesley, Sower Series I read the…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 30, 2017
Why Do We Hate Sacrifice?

Why Do We Hate Sacrifice?

I am facing the birth of my third child any day now.  I have had the great privilege of being pregnant along with my best friend.  She is having her eighth child.  I am the oldest of eight children myself.  The outpouring of love, as evidenced by our friends at our joint Storybook Baby shower, is…

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Donielle By Donielle, June 2, 2017
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My summer reading list

I had three books on my list to read this summer (besides reading Oliver Twist aloud to my girls).  I enjoyed all three:  The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity Meg Meeker, M.D.  I appreciated the unique perspective of a medical doctor.  She speaks extensively about the competition we imagine with other…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 6, 2016
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