January 23, 2018

You are Gonna Make a Mistake 1 or 2 or 3 Times!

Hi All – There are certain things as parents that we can not escape from experiencing. It just is in the parenting handbook. You know like a baby blowout all over the only dress that fits on the way to the wedding or their first nasty skinned knee, bloody lip bike wreck. Things like that. […]

Mama’s Heart Never Gives Up

Hi all – As I continue (with my man, of course) on the journey with these adopted kiddos, I not only learn new parenting tools that I must use for the Reactive Attachment Disorder, but I also gain more insight into what is going on in their hearts and minds. This week has been no […]

Unexpected Surprises

Hi All – Here’s a video I made sharing a funny story from my work! Enjoy the giggle – (man I got a wrinkly neck =) Chat soon ~ About the author: By Julie HellstromJulie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies […]

The Start of The Empty Nest Season

Hi All – This year has been the beginning of the “ends” in our family. You know, the end of things your family does. Like the end of having any children in our elementary school. For so long, in fact 19 years,  it has been the beginning of things. Firsts, like walking, talking, swimming lessons, […]

Helping Others Helps Yourself

Hi All – Lately, as I watch my adorable children evolve into, well self-centered teens (yup I said it!), I have been pondering how to turn this bus around. And one day it struck me!! Serve others! You see, whenever I need to get my eyes off my own navel, I find something to do […]

Who’s In Control Here?

Hi All – Had an interesting interaction occur with one of my sweet kiddos this week that got me thinking about control. Not the “I am going to beat you over the head with demands until you do what I say” kinda control. But the control that allows the child to trust in our training […]

Boundaries With My Daughter

Hi All – Life around this clan has definitely taken an uptick since my daughter has come back to our neck of the woods from a brief respite – needed by everyone! Now that she was back, though not residing at our home, I knew that I had to change the way I handled things […]

Happy Independence Day!

Hi All – I love the Fourth of July! We start by heading south to a small town who does an old-fashioned celebration complete with country music, ice cream social, pie eating contests, barbeque and a stellar fireworks display put on by the local chamber of commerce. It is truly family fun! This year, while […]

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!

Hi All – Riding in the car yesterday, I heard the phrase – Time flies when you are having fun, but doesn’t when you are not! Most days, never give this statement a second glance. But today – it caught my ear. Seems the speaker was posing the question as she was on the treadmill […]

My Cooking Secrets

Hi All – I just finished making a dessert for a BBQ my man and I are going to later. So what you say? The fact of the matter, I am no gourmet cook. Recipes and I are actually mortal enemies. Anything more than 4-5 ingredients and basic cooking utensils, I pass. Recently, my best […]

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