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Where in the world... talking travel with my kids

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 2:47pm

Last night our dinner time conversation turned to travel. Friends of ours are going on a Disney cruise, and my kids thought it would be wonderful for us to do the same some time. I said that sounded great, but there are just so many places I would love to visit. And that's when the fun began.

Trying to put a positive spin on going to the dentist

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 9:11pm

Today I dragged myself to the dentist kicking and screaming (on the inside anyway, being too much of a “grown-up” to really behave that way). I told myself that it was the right thing to do. That it is good for me. That seeing the dentist every six months makes the visit easier for me than those times when I have fallen behind in my dental duties. My brain knows it's the wise choice, but my emotions fail to see it that way.

When the mail brought the world into our home

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 10:28pm

The daily mail recently brought us photos of six children living in poverty in nations like Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Three girls and three boys posing for their pictures in hopes of finding sponsors to help them in their lives.

The letter accompanying the photos was from Compassion International, a Christian group that focuses on helping the poorest children of the world. They asked for a special donation to help the kids on the waiting list.

Lessons from the inevitable ending of festival-won fish

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 11:33am

The fall festival sent us home with three little goldfish: Ralph, Goldilocks, and AlphaStone. Three kids. Three fish. Perfect.

We pulled out our previously unused fish bowl, gravel, and plastic plants, and set up a fishy oasis in the kitchen. Three little fish swam, unconcerned. Excitement.

By Monday afternoon Goldilocks and AlphaStone floated, no longer troubled by the things of this world like when the yummy food flakes would appear again.

The joys of shopping solo for my children's clothes

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

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 - 11:49am

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.

Lessons from "Curious George"

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 11:03am

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 - 11:03am

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 - 9:05pm

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 - 12:08pm

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.

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