The “more” of a big family

"It gets easier the more kids you have." I've heard this often from moms of big families—and even said it myself a few times—but I'm pretty sure we're all just fooling ourselves. Or maybe it's just that I'm at capacity (even as we wait for the arrival of #6!) and feeling it. Either way, while it's…

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Worry is not our benchmark

I spend a lot of time reading, thinking and talking about things like children's need for independence for the chance to develop confidence, decision making skills, creativity, etc. It's a philosophy that's been defined as free-range parenting by outspoken proponents like Lenore Skenazy, and while I haven't fully bought into the idea (my kids aren't riding…

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Savor the moments and fill your soul

It's 8pm the night before the clocks spring forward and I'm in bed, especially desperate to fall asleep knowing that I'll lose an hour of sleep tonight even if the baby has a good night. It's been a full day that started during my "quiet" early morning hours when our youngest daughter started throwing up…

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