In which I nag you to buy life insurance

I really hate it when people say, “You have no business having children if you don’t have life insurance!” or “How can you claim you love your family if you don’t have life insurance?” Hey, things happen. Life doesn’t always work out in a sensible order. Lots of non-horrible people don’t have life insurance. Just consider this your reminder, you loving parents, to take a look at your budget and see what you can do. Read the rest at the Register.  And by the way, my agent is Daniel Finn with New … [Read more...]

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In which I nag you to buy life insurance

I really hate it when people say, "You have no business having children if you don't have life insurance!" or "How can you claim you love your family if you don't have life insurance?" Hey, things happen. Life doesn't always work out in a sensible order. Lots of non-horrible people don't have life insurance. Just consider this your reminder, you loving parents, to take a look at your budget and see what you can do.Read the rest at the Register.And by the way, my agent is Daniel Finn with … [Read more...]

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My Dear Graduates

For some reason, nobody ever asks me to give the commencement address at their local high school or college. This despite the fact that I promised to wear pantyhose and everything, and to leave the bottle at home. Bunch of anti-Semites. Anyway, I’m not one to be bitter. I’m not going to let this snubbing gnaw away at me. I’m just going to go ahead and write that speech anyway, and print out several copies of it, and keep them in the diaper bag in the car, next to the Luger PO8 and the farewell n … [Read more...]

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Carve Out Time for These Few Essentials

You'll also find regular exercise gives you more energy to do something that is absolutely essential: putting in some one-on-one time with your other kids. It's all too easy for them to feel displaced and neglected when the new baby comes, so it is essential to carve out some special time to connect with them, consistently and intentionally, academically, emotionally, spiritually, and just for some plain old silly old mommy-and-me fun, or else they will grow up to be crack whores.Read the … [Read more...]

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So you want to start a blog?

 Every so often, someone asks me for tips on launching a new blog. Here is some general advice for the typical popular blog. I don't take all this advice myself, but it's still all good practice.Experienced bloggers, what would you add? To increase your audience:-Always include a picture. People are much more likely to read and share a post that has an illustration of some kind.* -Post everything on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus once or twice, and … [Read more...]

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I refuse to worry about what my kids eat for dinner.

Today, I'm making Zuppa Toscana. When I share recipes I'm trying, people often ask, "Will your kids really eat that?" The answer is: some of them, yeah. Some of them, no way. A few of them, maybe. And I am fine with that. I have two goals when I serve a meal: at least half the family should eat it, and mealtimes should be reasonably pleasant.My policy is: I decide what to cook, and they decide whether or not to eat it.We don't have food battles (or food cold wars). We don't save plates … [Read more...]

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Welcome, baby! 12 gifts that new moms want the most

New baby gifts! Fun to receive, fun to give, almost impossible to get wrong.The only truly unwelcome baby present I've ever gotten was tucked into the bottom of a "welcome, new baby!" basket from my church: it was a pamphlet titled something like, "So, Hear Me Out, Now. There's This Thing Called NFP That You Might Maybe Want to Try. . . ". And yes, this was after I had literally written the book on NFP.I really can't complain, though. I'm horrible about giving baby gifts, myself. I … [Read more...]

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