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“Different Mommies Have Different Rules…”

…is a phrase I’ve been uttering a lot around here. I first started using it about a year ago, and though I’m not sure exactly when it started, I definitely know why it started. This has been my go-to phrase in many different situations and it’s pretty much my version of “Because I said so!”. [...]

I’m Starting to Sound Like a Broken Record…

Sometimes I find myself repeating the same things over and over to my kids. After another night of saying, “we don’t eat play-doh,” it made me think back on some of the common sayings I heard from my parents growing up! – “If you say that one more time I’m going to clean your mouth [...]

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Mom Knows Best… Oh, that’s me!

There was an article floating around about how when moms know best, it can be the worst. Although the article is talking more about allowing others around you (specifically the dads) to help more, it made me think about that phrase “mother knows best.” I remember the first few weeks of caring for a newborn, [...]

How do you raise thankful kids?

Before we brought home our older daughter from Korea, we had a long wait during the adoption process that gave us more than enough time to think through some parenting philosophies. Unfortunately, we were also clueless parents-to-be who had no idea what parenting would really be like. One of my husband’s mantras was that we [...]


Locked Out!

When Mr. Bear and I purchased our house over a year ago, we did what any new homeowner would do – we changed all the locks on the doors and had new keys made for us, our parents, and one spare. Once the keys were all distributed, we decided to hang up the spare key [...]

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The Things I Said I’d Never Do as a Mom

We all have a list like this, right? The things that made us roll our eyes with righteous indignation, elbow our friends and hiss, “Look. Look at that. I’ll never do that when I have kids.” Riiiight. Feast your eyes on my shattered parenting ideals, people. I said I would never … … Let my [...]


Value in the Margins

I am the product of a large-city suburbs. The Atlanta suburbs, if you want to get specific. As an adult, I don’t think I could even begin to unravel all the ways that my experiences as a child shaped me into the adult I’ve become. I am one gigantic tangle of past, present, and future. [...]

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