Really? No, there is no such thing. Just as the magazines and media can present the photo-shopped perfect image, (again, no such thing)… moms can get caught up in that whole notion of comparing themselves to what looks like the “perfect” mom. Mapping out quality time with your kids, getting your laundry washed for your family, putting food on the Read More »
Stories of Parenting, Friendship and Faith by Laurie
Laurie's parenting advice is profound and valuable.
Read Laurie's wonderful and touching stories of parenting, friendship and faith. The author has over 25 years of experience in caring for children. She worked from home as a Licensed Family Home Daycare Provider, and raised a family of five, for 14 years, as a single mom.
Her book Home Daycare and Practical Parenting cover a wide range of issues related to Home Daycare from a Provider's perspective and gives valuable information to new parent's and families as well.
Our 4th of July was a little different this year. Like many families, ours is scattered in different corners, and except for the main Holidays, it’s getting more and more difficult for all of us to get together. I had contacted the kids a few weeks back and told them our family dog of 16 years was in failing health. Read More »
I was lucky to have raised my children, back in the days where families shared fireworks, and block parties. We lived in a cul-de-sac. Every 4th of July family and neighbors pitched in and bought fireworks. Back when I was married, we splurged on extra “spinning flowers” to throw in the street. In those days, family and neighbors sat on Read More »
I never realized that my own daughters would struggle with many of the decisions in raising children as my generation did. Back in the eighties all the young moms in my neighborhood couldn’t wait to step into the work force and be respected as much as a man. I remember the many conversations all of us shared. Half of the Read More »
The other day my daughter came over with her little girl, who is almost one. She was sitting on the floor playing with her as we both watched her learning to walk. We started talking about how children mimic their parents. (and anyone who is close to them.) It occurred to my daughter that when she gets a little frustrated Read More »
You can’t tell a single mother there is something positive when she struggles to pay her light bill. That mother doesn’t see her hardship as a life lesson yet, knowing there’s only $38.00 to budget for a week’s worth of groceries. That mother can’t see the wisdom in those struggles, not yet anyway. That was me too, when I was Read More »
You know how a child asks to push them faster on the swings? They seem so fearless in their joy of reaching new heights and never question how high they should go…It reminded me of the other day. I was with my daughter in law and her two children and we also brought my nine month old grand-daughter along in Read More »
I wonder how many mother’s caught the latest Life-class with Oprah and guests? It’s always a positive to see programs and discussions empowering women, everywhere. In particular all the single mom’s out there. I was struck by the numbers of mom’s who felt so victimized. My heart always goes out to those who are struggling, challenging themselves everyday, to make Read More »
You know what they say… never lose the child inside of you. That couldn’t be more true when I think of the changes and joy this season brings to all of us. This is the time of year, for new beginnings and change is all around. Nature is blooming, animals are bearing their young and people want to feel refreshed Read More »
When I was running my Home Daycare business, I noticed how many parents went overboard planning their children’s birthday parties. I never understood why so many parents pressured themselves to out do each other. In my daycare a child’s birthday was a fun and wonderful celebration too, but it was very simple and homemade. First off, we all decorated that Read More »