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Coddling Your Kids?

"Coddled Kids Crumble" was the title of the article that caught my eye a few days ago on Facebook.  Being the mom of ten, coddling kids has never been an issue with me.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Consequently, I confess I have had a touch of mom guilt here and there over the years.  Maybe I was requiring too much of them? 

But no more.  As the title implies, coddling kids is the equivalent of crippling them, and after ten years of this faulty philosophy which has robbed a whole generation of problem solving skills, college kids are limping to their school counselors over the most trivial issues.

Raising Money Wise Kids

If you don't take the time to teach your kids about money they will be living in your basement, says Dave Ramsey.

I recently interviewed Dave's daughter, Rachel Cruze, on what parents can do to raise money wise kids.   The article appeared in Memphis Parent and again (with sources relevant to Virginians) in Richmond Family. 


I was scrolling down my Facebook page and found this blog that happened to be by my daughter-in- law.  Needless to say, she is my guest blogger today.

These two amaze me--my son and his wife.  Though it was challenging to be a minimalist with a dozen people in my house, now that I am down to nine, I might be able to figure it out.  At any rate, their frugal, simple lifestyle inspires me.  

Mama's Maxims

Around our house, a new year always stirs up talk of new goals.  Here are my goals- some old, some new- for 2015.  

Mama's Maxims

I will not scold happy noise. 

I will, without apology,  be the nutrition, hygiene, and screen police.

I will increase book and board game time and decrease screen time in my home. 

I will not tolerate back talk in any form, includingduh, huh, or a rolling of even half an eyeball.

I'm the mother, I'm the mother, I'm the mother. 

The Screen Saver

Outside.  It's how I grew up.  

As far as I remember, in fact, my mother never had to make me go out and play.  Not once.  Instead, she had to make me come in.  

Is it just me, or has anyone else had to make their kids play outside this summer? 

Here's the scenario at my house.  Twice a week I enforce a screen-free day.  No computer, TV or video games.  Zip. Zero. Nada. 

Some of the kids have severe withdrawals, others barely miss it--but it is agony for most of us.
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