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Potty Training With Alexa

Potty Training With Alexa

My daughter-in-law is a genius! Well, she and Alexa are geniuses! My son and daughter-in-law received an Amazon Echo as a gift from her sister this past Christmas. Alexa played music for them on command and everyone was happy. Little did she know what lay in store… One of my grandsons, Harrison, hit the ripe…

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Every Choice has a Consequence

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. — Viktor Frankl  How we react—how we choose to react—to situations, truly defines us. But the overlying truth is that we “choose.” You are free to make choices, but…

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Rely on a Solid Foundation

The greatest gift you can give your children.   When building any structure, the most critical part is starting with a solid foundation. You could argue that other parts of the structure are just as important, though all discussions will ultimately return to the soundness of the foundation. Would you ever consider building your dream…

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After Living in the Parenthood, You Will Never Leave

I’ve been ADULT-ing for almost 33 years now (do the math and don’t judge). I’ve been PARENT-ing for almost 28 years. Gimme a second to sit dow, got a little light-headed there…back to the story. In parenting, there are basically three phases: Pre-Parenting (no kids), Full-On-Parenting (they’re all around me!), and Post-Parenting (just an FYI,…

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The Attractive Bargain of the Irresistible Dollar Menu

How to feed a family for under $20 and have them love you! Feeding a family of eight has been a challenge at times. I can recall Saturday mornings, my five sons lumbering around the kitchen, stirring restlessly as a pan of scrambled eggs slowly cooked into fluffy happiness. My daughter cheerfully flitting around the kitchen,…

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Secrets to a Big Family — This is the Food Edition

I had an interesting discussion yesterday with some co-workers at lunchtime. One of my co-workers had gone to dinner to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday. They went to a steakhouse and dropped over $100 on their meal. Read that again, $100 for two people for dinner. No big deal? Maybe it’s just me then. I was…

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You say Home, I say Castle

My home is my Castle, in many traditional senses of what a Castle represents. My Castle stands as a means of protection from the outside world for my family. Our Castle is intended to be the one place where they could recharge, recover, and gain the physical and mental strength to go back out and…

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Of duct tape and dishes and the power of listen

“Hello, my name is Rusty.” Hi Rusty. “I’m a FIXER. My DNA has made me this way. I’ve been working on this (fixing myself) for years now and have been quasi-sober for about 13 hours…” I’m not sure what the draw is, the drive that pushes me to instinctively try to fix everything. I’m not…

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Setting Their Own Bedtime.

Here’s the deal, when my kids were old enough to start middle school, round about 12-years old, they were allowed to go to bed as late as they wanted. Really. As. Late. As. They. Wanted.* (note little starry thingie) About the “*,” the caveat was that they could not surf television, but could read a…

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Dining Room Table Therapy

I’ve been married for a few years (okay, over 27!). With that, we have six children, with each one of them married and doing pretty good in their own regard. Statistically speaking, you would think that one of them would be way off the tracks — I mean far enough off that they would need a boat…

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