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The joys of shopping solo for my children's clothes

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 9:44am

Suddenly my daughter's clothes have seemingly shrunk. I hate it when that happens. Sleeves and skirts are too short and shirts are too tight. Time to go clothes shopping.

Learning the best ways to show our children we love them

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:49am

One of the most important things we do as parents is make sure that our children know that they are loved and accepted. This is the foundation on which so many other good traits and habits and skills will build.

So when a friend recently mentioned the book, “The Five Love Languages of Children,” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, I was excited to see how we could apply it to our family life. The book identifies the five love languages as Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

Fall Opportunities

Fall Opportunities

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 9:11am

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Backyard camping on a warm night in Georgia

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 8:25pm

Once upon a time, on a day just like yesterday, there were four children who decided to sleep in the tent in the backyard. They were incredibly excited for this novel adventure, preparing their sleeping spots in the tent as soon as permission was granted.

Welcome Dr. von Trapp

Welcome Dr. von Trapp

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 7:35am

 

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Lessons from "Curious George"

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 10:03am

My two boys absolutely love “Curious George.” My daughter, age 9, is over it. She much prefers to watch “Martha Speaks” (about a talking dog), and gets rather annoyed with the monkey who “doesn't even talk.”

Regardless, we have watched more than our fair share of “Curious George,” and I have begun to draw some conclusions from the show. I hesitate to consider what it means that I am analyzing cartoons now, but whatever.

Being a Grace Mommy: A Christian perspective

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 10:03am

As a parent sometimes I regret having to seem so bossy to my kids. “Do this.” "Don't do that.” “No, no, no...” I don't want to be Mean Mommy, but sometimes I have to come across that way in order to be Good Mommy, doing what's best for my children in the long run.

This got me thinking about how God deals with us, His children. There is both Law and Gospel. The Law is all the rules and requirements. The Do's and Don't's and Should's and Shouldn't's. Mean Mommy is all about the Law.

You just never know what will inspire children's imaginations

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:05pm

It's funny sometimes what captures our children's interests and imaginations. This week my three kids are enthralled with the classic board game, Candy Land. First published in 1949, Candy Land is a happy alternative to the modern lure of high tech video games.

The whimsical rules of a 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:08am

There is nothing quite like the self-imposed rules of 4-year-olds. They can create their own terms of How Things Should Be for so many different situations, it's impossible to keep up.

Our 4-year-old really excels at this game of rule making. For example, every night before bed he just has to have a spoonful of honey because one time he was coughing before bed, and I gave him honey to soothe the cough. So now he must have honey, which is fine with me since honey is a healthy food.

Gross discovery at my backyard bird feeder

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:38am

Recently I noticed some strange-looking squirrels at the bird feeder in our backyard. One squirrel had a couple patches of missing fur so I thought maybe he had been in a fight or an accident. After I saw the other squirrel I realized that was not the case.

The second squirrel was covered in fur-less lumps that seemed to have a small hole in the center of them. I wondered if it was cancer or some other dreadful disease. And was it a risk to my dogs and kids who love to roam around the backyard?

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