Can Kids Still Play Outside?

The issues brought up in this article in which a Texas woman was visited by CPS for allowing her child to play 150 yards from her house completely freak me out. I don't know any details about this particular case other than what is in the article, but I often have fears about letting me kids walk down to a neighbors house without me. What if someone calls the police? We have another homeschooled 10 year old on our street, and, yet, I worry about the consequences of them playing outside together … [Read more...]

Monday Meanderings

With the chill in the air and a warm pot of soup simmering on my stovetop this morning, Autumn is coming alive in our world and in my heart despite not yet starting officially. The season awakens in all that surrounds me. Football games are endless on TV and on the field as my second oldest commences his first flag football season (Go Browns!). Soccer Saturdays are in full swing as my #1 and #3 play for rec teams in the area (Go Bengals! Go Guppies!). Apple-picking is on the calendar, as is camp … [Read more...]

Really?

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This catalog came through our mail slot today and I barfed.It is still (technically) summer. My kids are wearing shorts and flip flops and playing in the sprinkler in the afternoons.And last winter was one of the snowiest, coldest winters in Philadelphia history. Also known as "the winter that crushed all the mothers."The cinnamon-scented pinecones and Halloween decor that showed up in stores back in August seemed overeager.This magazine cover is just insensitive; how about givi … [Read more...]

Thrive Family – Sleep is for the Strong*

I was so glad to read J's post yesterday, because her thoughts about family meal time fit in perfectly with striving for Well Being, the first pillar of Thrive.  With back to school time upon us, Autumn is a great time to think about habits that lead to Well Being and help set us up to Thrive on good days and bad.  Thrive includes lots of advice and evidence about our need for the right amount of sleep each day.  One thing that really helped me was the research that shows that we are more ef … [Read more...]

My Top 10 Most Influential Books

I've been taking a break from blogging to tend to the regular demands of family life.  I am resurfacing this morning to share a booklist.  I compiled this booklist in response to a Facebook challenge from my sister.  It was a fun exercise.  This is not a list of the best 10 books I have ever read, but rather the most influential.  And so much of how a books hits you is related to where you are at a given point in your life when you read the book.  The Lamb's Supper came into my hands just as I wa … [Read more...]

Slowing down for meals

I would put good money on the fact that since many of our families are busy, busy, busy, many mealtimes are often hastily cooked and dolled out, especially dinner. As such, I found this post on slowing down mealtimes (from Haley over at Carrots for Michaelmas writing as a guest on Kitchen Stewardship) really refreshing.When I was young, even with many activities, my mother still tried to have most of our meals sitting at the dining room table. I didn't fully appreciate it as much as I do n … [Read more...]

Sibling Joking

This morning, I heard one of my children telling her siblings, "Guess what?! Mommy had the baby and she is awake downstairs right now!" To which I heard another sibling respond, "Really, the baby is here?! Really?!" Another child quickly chimed in to say, "No way, Mommy wouldn't be back from the hospital yet, don't believe her."Oh boy, the sibling love is strong at our house :) In all honesty, the excitement is building, and everyone is ready for this baby to arrive. All prayers for a … [Read more...]

Favorite Toddler Activities

I know I am probably the last of the families here to return to school, but we did finally return to school this week.  It has been a wonderful week for my two school-age children.  Even our kindergartener who started half-day kindergarten today was beaming ear to ear.  The week has been a bit tougher for my three year old and me, however.  We both miss his older siblings and wish they weren't gone for most of the day.My three year old is not going to preschool this year, so we, along with hi … [Read more...]

Thrive at Home

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I am a striver.  I know that I was born with a lot of advantages, and I worked hard to make the most that I could of the opportunities I had.  I took that same outlook into married life and parenting.  In almost 14 years of marriage, we have been constantly working to move forward, sometimes, as with a new baby or a big move, putting ourselves into "survival mode" for a while in order to get there.  My life has a rhythm to it: strive, survive, recover, systemize, coast briefly, burnout, repeat.  … [Read more...]

Mom’s Night Out

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Our fabulous cast of local Catholic mothers is discussing a regular Mom’s Night Out for the first time ever. Count me in! We have a regular playgroup, but as families grow, the adult:child ratio is increasingly not in our favor, so conversations have become choppy and unsatisfying. There are fewer natural social outlets for moms than ever: most neighborhood mothers are at work, and immediate family members live far away. With a large family, it’s hard to get out much to see friends, and when we d … [Read more...]


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