The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: Pro-Vaccine and Cautionary Resources

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Guest Post Written by Christina Over the past two weeks, we’ve been approaching the subject of childhood immunizations, trying to come to the issue logically and methodically in order to make the best decisions for our children: The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations (part 1) 10 Questions to Ask (part 2) Many of you have asked for resources and articles so that you can continue your own thinking and start wading through your own research. I recommend starting a three-ring notebook or folder. […]

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: 10 Questions to Ask

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Last week we started discussing the controversial topic of vaccination.  It has been very encouraging to see the responses it has generated, and to get to discuss a topic so near to our hearts! We began by taking a look at the Foundational beliefs we can use to anchor and base our “Vaccine-Stance.”  We briefly looked at two Blueprints, one being the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule, and the other being a more cautionary approach to vaccines. Today I will present 10 Tools for sifting through […]

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations

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Guest Post by Christina It’s one of the big questions new parents face today, once you’ve gotten past “were you trying to get pregnant?” (which I still can’t believe people ask…) and the less invasive “did you do it all-natural?” “are you going to breast-feed?” and even “are you using cloth-diapers?” The question with a capital Q seems to be “are you going to vaccinate?” The stakes are pretty high, or so both sides claim. Everyone says my child’s life is at risk if I […]

Creating A Dinner Time Routine

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s been a long day.  You’re tired, the kids are cranky, or needy, or fighting, or all three at once, the house looks like a tornado just passed through, and you look at the clock and it’s 5:00 pm and you think, “Oh NO! What are we going to have for dinner?” What usually happens then, is something gets thrown together haphazardly, while the kids whine and cling to your leg. The stuff that’s covering the dinner table gets […]

Developing the Exercise Habit

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Every new year many of us vow to exercise regularly and get in shape for good. Some wish to shed the extra pounds that crept on over the holiday season, others want to improve heart health, or simply feel more energized. Whatever your reason, striving to exercise on a regular basis is a worthy goal. Exercise boasts many benefits beyond making our outsides look good. Such as: Mental clarity Increased ability to deal with stress Boosted serotonin levels leading […]

My Journey to Burnout: Proof That I Really Can’t Do It All

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Burnout. It’s a word that highly ambitious and driven people like myself often think that we are immune to. I have struggled with over-achieving and perfectionism for almost as long as I can remember. At the tender age of 12, I worked a steady babysitting job every morning and after school, while balancing schoolwork, private music lessons, city orchestra and serving in my church. Even in my 3rd and 4th years of university, I maintained a very full course load with a high GPA, volunteered […]

Celebrating New Year’s with Children

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer If you have little kids, chances are your New Year’s celebrations don’t look like they used to. You probably don’t go out to a party or have friends over until 1 or 2 in the morning. In fact, you might be like me – I went to bed around 10 the last couple of years! Oops. :) Of course, there’s also the possibility of getting a babysitter and having a nice night out anyway, especially if your kids aren’t […]

A Thanksgiving Gift Exchange

Written by Sherri Cook, Contributing Writer The day after Thanksgiving when friends jokingly ask me if I’m finished with my Christmas shopping, I can always surprise them with an answer in the affirmative. At my house, not only have we finished the shopping, we’ve also finished the wrapping as well as the unwrapping. How do we do this? It’s certainly not because we’re an ultra-organized family! We have simply chosen to have our gift exchange at Thanksgiving instead of at Christmas. The results?  We find more every […]