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.

The Selfish Mother

In recent discussions with my daughters, we’ve been talking about the expanding  role that mothers play in taking care of the whole family. We discussed the work schedules, and the long, exhausting commutes many parents have. I realize women have come a long way, but we still have to work on our guilt-obsessed view of ourselves. Women must nurture the  Read More »


Everybody needs love. Not a day goes by that I don’t tell someone that I love them. There are a lot of hurt people in our world and the first way to connect is through compassion. Our children teach that lesson everyday. The way they take your hand, look at your face, cuddle in your arms, or bring you to  Read More »

The New Year, The New You

Alone for the Holidays

How many of you dread making New Year’s resolutions? I for one stopped making them, long ago. There’s a certain feel of disappointment if I’m not always on track, and then I question did I make them for the right reason to begin with. I like to turn those resolutions around and instead of searching high and low for the  Read More »

Grateful Thanks

Please forgive me with this article. Usually I like to write uplifting stories that inspire us to be our best, do our best and be grateful for all that we have. Certainly, there is enough sadness in our world everyday, to remind us all, that many others are worse off. As I sit down to write I couldn’t help but  Read More »


Think about your life, right now, at this very moment. If you had to do it all over again, would you? If you could take back the first path you walked on would you change direction? When you first met that “special” guy, would you have said, “next.” If you could have gone back to school, held off on that  Read More »

The Forever Factor

It won’t be like this forever. Your burdens won’t last forever. Your bills won’t be around forever. You won’t have school forever. You won’t struggle forever. You won’t have car problems forever. You won’t be around rude people forever. You won’t have to hold your child’s hand forever. You won’t have to brush your daughter’s hair forever. You won’t have  Read More »

A Mother’s Son


A Mother’s Son So often we talk about how to get through life as a single mom. What to do about our financial problems, how to manage the ever changing roles single mothers carry. We discuss the relationships of our past, and talk about how we can make better choices in the future. We share our worries, our burdens, our  Read More »

The Perfect Mom

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 »

The Loss of a Dog

A Dog

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 »

The Fireworks Business


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 »

About The Author:
Laurie Cesario-OvertonLaurie Cesario-Overton was born and raised in California. She was happily married for many years to a good man, but unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Manic/Depression. They tried counseling, Marriage Encounter and sought guidance from their church, however his health issues became a greater concern and grew into a much bigger problem.

She was a stay at home mother of five, and to supplement their income she took care of several neighborhood children. When her marriage ended, a friend suggested she get Licensed for Family Home Daycare, to add a more professional stamp to her home-based business. It was the best decision for her family at that time.

They did not have much, and faced many struggles and hardships. Even through her most difficult times, she has always said," It is a Gift and an Honor to be their mother." She has been in the business of caring for children for over twenty-five years.

Many families have asked Laurie to write about her experiences and tips on parenting. Due to complications recovering from surgery, she was unable to return to the work she has loved all her life.

In 2007, she remarried a wonderful man and now lives in Nevada. She decided to write her first book titled, "Home Daycare and Practical Parenting". She has begun working on her second book about mental illness and hopes to shed some light on how families are affected. Her children are all grown and now some of them are raising their own babies. She considers herself to be a very lucky mom, with many blessings.

Laurie maintains two websites:

» - This site is for both Providers and Parents seeking information about Family Home Daycare. Whether you are interested in becoming a childcare provider or you are searching for a smaller, more personal family-environment, you will find valuable information here.

» - A journal blogging site of: Shared stories, Family Life, Raising children and Finding Yourself. Feelings about Sisterhood, Motherhood, and Friendships along the way. Letters describing what it felt like becoming a Grandmother to getting Remarried in your 50's. A little Something for Everyone.