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 »
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.
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 »
Taking a walk around my daughters backyard the other day I couldn’t help noticing all the caterpillars on a passion fruit vine. As I was holding my two and a half year old grand-daughter she said, “Gramma, that’s a “yugly” bug. I put her down and told her, “I think there’s a book inside, that will show you what happens Read More »
When my youngest turned two, I was at a crossroads in my life. My marriage was falling apart, my dream of my idyllic family life came crashing down. I, like many other women, wasn’t ready to take the lead with all those responsibilities on my shoulders, alone. I remember when I was a young teenager, hearing the phrase, “God doesn’t Read More »
I know, it’s rare, but you know what? It does happen, every now and then. I was visiting my daughter who just had her second baby. A friend of hers stopped by and we got to talking about parenting. She was in her late twenties, married, with one child. She was telling me how difficult it was to keep up Read More »
I want to be a good person. I don’t need a lot of money. I don’t need to be the center of attention. I don’t need to be a version of what others think I should be. I just want to be me. I have loved being a mother. I want to be a good role model, even though my Read More »
Recently I was telling my 4 year old grand-daughters a story about a lady bug. I told them, … “Once upon a time, there was this little lady bug walking around on the ground. She looked up in the sky and saw the most beautiful, giant, red balloon. She said to herself, I wish I could hold a balloon, but Read More »
There’s an expression: “the calm before the storm,” it can refer to a weather condition, a difficult time, or a situation that may get worse. When I was a young girl, I heard this from my father. The first time he said those words, I really thought it had to do with weather, and only weather. As I grew up, Read More »
When my children were younger, around 5 and 6 years old, I started writing a chore list. With five young children, I knew it was important to teach them all, the value of responsibility. Of course when they were 1 and 1/2 and 2 years old, I taught them the very basic simple chores, like helping to put away their Read More »
My daughter has gone back to work after having her second baby. She was a wreck. She wept and told me she wished she could be home with her girls. “You got the chance to raise us and be home, and that’s what I want too.” As mothers do, I hugged her and reminded her of the sacrifices, and choices Read More »