The Problem with Entitlement Is that it Begins With Us

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Wow! This is an eye-opener about my entitled attitude as a parent! I didn't even realize I was showing entitlement and ingratitude.

One of the almost constant struggles of 21st century parenting is the battle against children's entitled attitudes. Article after article discusses how kids are more entitled than ever today, doing less around the home, being padded from failure, and given awards for just showing up.  How children think they somehow deserve a free college education (paid for by mom and dad or the State), to get paid $15/hr to take someone's food order, and to have the latest gadgets and toys free of limitations and monitoring. When children don't get what they think they deserve, they cry it's unfair, unjust, and plain wrong. Most sensible ...

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4 Simple Ways to Better Balance Your Life While Pregnant

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How to better manage life while pregnant with three other kids, working, and taking care of a home.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and healthy mama® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #gethealthymama  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV A pregnancy lasts for nine months and, unfortunately, life doesn't just stop during that time but soundly marches on as you march slower and slower. Managing a pregnancy while continuing to manage life is not always easy. Many pregnant women battle morning sickness while trying to work or go to school. Some of us have multiple other children to tend to as well. We can't just put parenting, laundry, cooking, cleaning, or shopping on ...

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Dear Moms of 3 Kids or Less, Please Stop Doing This

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Really, no one should have to defend the number of children they have, whether it's one or fifteen, so don't assume people are looking down (or up) to you!

I had the awesome opportunity to go to my first blog conference - SoFabU OTR Dallas - last weekend. It was great to meet some new bloggers, meet a couple I had already connected with online first, and take away some valuable information. As I am now 32 weeks pregnant, there's obviously no hiding the fact that I am with child. Many correctly guessed that it wasn't my first pregnancy (I am a parenting blogger after all). I said, no, it's my fourth. I have twin five year old girls, and a two year old boy already. I thought it was awesome though that so many at the conference also had twins. I sat at a table with two other women who ...

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How to Start a Book Club: Tips and Suggestions for an Awesome Group

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Great post on how to start a book club! Lots of great tips and suggestions for how to set it up, host, pick books, and more. I so want to start my own book club group now! Who's with me?

Moving to Texas meant I would be leaving some pretty great groups of people behind, and along with them, the regular activities we had, like our monthly book clubs. In Indianapolis I was actually part of two book clubs for years, and most of the time was able to attend them both groups each month. It was so nice to leave the kids behind, read new books and genres, eat some yummy treats, but also to have a little girls night, staying up late into the night (and on a school night!). I loved these nights and I was determined to start a book club myself after we moved if our church congregation wasn't already hosting one. And guess ...

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Free Range Kids: Are they Neglected or Loved?

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Free Range Parenting

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about Free Range kids, CPS investigations, and allegations of neglect or abuse from their parents. While not everyone will choose to raise their children this more hands-off way, it's important to understand that most of the parents who claim to be of this parenting philosophy are not actually neglectful or abusive parents to their children. We all make our choices as parents, for better or worse. But, just because something, at first glance, might look like neglect (or abuse) to you, doesn't mean it is. True neglect and true abuse have no place and no footing in the free range ...

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Fatherhood and Education: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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The Decision to Pursue degrees while also pursuing family isn't always easy, but it's doable with God.

Today I am welcoming a very special guest writer to What's up Fagans? - My husband Joshua. He's the guy behind the scenes, the man I love, and the father of my children. And today he's explaining, in his own words, our family's decision for him to pursue fatherhood and education at the same time, despite the finances, hardships, and sometimes guilt.  I love knowledge of all kinds, and in just about any subject. I really believe that "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection" (D&C 130:18).  That's why I love the idea of being a lifelong learner. As such, I desire ...

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6 Ways to Deal with Stress on those Overwhelming Days

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I am so glad I am not the only one who needs help handling those stressful days as a SAHM! Loves the six simple ways to deal with stress on those hard overwhelming days.

I feel like this day had been coming for a while. You know, the day where you just feel completely overwhelmed, when you finally realize the stress and the unhappiness you've been carrying around with you. It's the day you actually burst into tears (which is a very rare occurrence for me). On this day, the kids were especially uncooperative, and was a day where everything I said was completely ignored, repeatedly, and nothing was going anywhere. I don't really blame my children for this day - it was coming - but they were the catalyst for the breakdown. The breakdown that happened when, again, trying to get my children to help ...

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Top 10 Ways of Protecting Your Marriage

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10 Ways to Protect Your Marriage

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser Protective Life. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveAndProtect #CollectiveBias In November my husband and I celebrated six years of marriage!  Considering that 20% of marriages end within 5 years, we're are apparently doing pretty well so far, especially considering that many statistics have been stacked against us, from the age gap (8 years), to how young I was when we married (20), to being low income, to having multiple children including twins, to several big moves, and a major car accident. But despite stresses and difficulties, we have a pretty good ...

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The Key to Creating a Successful Stay At Home Schedule

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Yes! I couldn't agree more! The secret to a successful stay at home schedule really is sleep! I love all the supporting reasons she has for it, and even tips on how she's made it work with twins and a third child, all in the same room! Great parenting advice!

Today I am thrilled to be guest posting for my good friend Lauren of The Military Wife and Mom. Her blog is fantastic for new parents as well as those in the military! However, she really wanted to know how I created a successful stay at home schedule while I had multiple kids to manage. So, I wrote this guest post for her, sharing how the basic element, the key, to my good schedule all revolves around one simple thing.... When you have multiple young children at home, a good stay at home schedule is pretty important, at least if you want to have order and not lose your sanity.  This schedule will look different for every ...

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The Epidemic Affecting Stay at Home Moms Everywhere

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Wow! This is so true. There really is an epidemic affecting Stay at Home Moms (really all women) today. It's so sad. But, I love all the tips and advice in this for overcoming this affliction.

Sometimes, even when you are surrounded by people, you can feel completely alone. You can go to church, school, work, and parties with a large amount of people, people you know, but sometimes it feels like all of these relationships are fake, as you realize that none of these people really, truly, intimately care about you. Because, there is a difference between having lots of friends and having a best friend. But, for some reason it is hard for many to make best friends as an adult. Really, it is just hard for us to make friends in the first place. This is especially true for stay at home moms, who spend much of their time, at ...

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55 Ways to Be the Silly, Fun, Playful Parent You’ve Always Wanted to Be

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Love this list of parenting tips on how to be a playful, silly, goofy parents! I totally need to have more fun with my kids.

We all have at least one characteristic about our mothering that would have many calling us a Super Mom.  It could be your constantly cheery disposition even in the face of epic meltdowns, or your ability to potty train your child in a day, or getting your kids to eat their vegetables with a smile on their face. I tend to feel like a super mom for how I am not afraid of playing with my kids in public and being a goof. Maybe it's because I'm a young mom, am (relatively) fit, or my personality, but I love playing with my kids. Of course every mom does. But, I'm talking about active, wild, fun, silly play. And in public. Kids ...

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25 Things That Will Instantly Improve Your Mood

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Need a pick-me up? Here are 25 Things the Will Instantly Improve Your Mood, should you choose to act on them.

Maybe you had a bad day. In fact, maybe you tried to go to the gym, but then you had to go home because the child care center was full, and then you sat and watched in horror while your two year old pooped his pants, and then you had to hose him down. And then you were nursing a baby and he bit you, full force, with his razor baby teeth. And you had a yeast infection. Hypothetically speaking. So maybe you could use a pick-me-up. Well, here you go. I hope you like it. If you do, I'd really appreciate it if you'd find one (or seven!) you like and pin them for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks! P.S. If you like this, be sure to ...

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