Parenting

A Mormon Image: Baby in the Cupboard

March 28, 2010 | 5 comments
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A Mormon Image: Baby in the Cupboard

Looking for some yummy snacks among the #10 cans. Good luck! Read more »

Sleep, Success, and Seminary

March 4, 2010 | 86 comments
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Sleep: it’s more important than you think, especially for teenagers. Here’s from George Will’s latest column, “How to ruin a child“: Only 5 percent of high school seniors get eight hours of sleep a night. Children get an hour less than they did 30 years ago, which subtracts IQ points and adds body weight. Read more »

Feeding the Missionaries—in the Internet age

February 3, 2010 | 60 comments
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As life-long LDS Church members, my wife and I know the drill—how to feed the missionaries. Then, with our son serving an LDS mission, we got an email that changed everything. Read more »

Christmas with Autism

December 20, 2009 | 19 comments
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Christmas with Autism

In April of 2008, our son Samuel was diagnosed with autism . . . But in this Christmas week, I wanted to share some specific experiences that we have had with our special needs child, first the challenges that the holiday posed and then the wonderful blessings that we have experienced together as a family. . . . As we celebrate the birth of our Lord together, the spirit is not only filling my home, it is reaching my precious son in ways that I pray will make an indelible mark on his memory and soul. Read more »

I’m Sick and Tired of December

December 6, 2009 | 43 comments
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I’m not Scrooge and I’m not the Grinch, either—but December is enough to make me feel like one of those guys. It’s only December 6, and I’m feeling sick and tired of this month. Could we schedule anything else? Seriously. I cut back on parties and try to simplify, just like nice mommy articles suggest. I do. I make or buy four carefully chosen presents per child in pre-set categories, so I don’t overspend. I refuse every invitation I can. But what else are we going to cut? The first grade Gingerbread Man play, the Christmas piano recital, or... Read more »

Parents are people

November 20, 2009 | 32 comments
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It’s been a stressful time for us. My father in law had been battling leukemia for over a year, when he suddenly took a turn for the worse. FIL’s illness lasted a few more weeks, and he finally passed away. This has affected the family in a number of ways; most importantly for this post, it resulted in a complicated set of travel plans. Read more »

“Fathers do not mother”

November 9, 2009 | 60 comments
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Kaimi put up a sidebar link to a NYT piece on parenting. It had an interesting quote: “Fathers tend to do things differently, Dr. Kyle Pruett said, but not in ways that are worse for the children. Fathers do not mother, they father.” Read more »

Halloween Costumes and Inner Conflict

October 23, 2009 | 45 comments
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Halloween scares me. Of course, I’m scared of lots of things—poverty, cancer, rape, gang violence, Satan, etc. I thought I should admit that up front.  Make of it what you will. Read more »

Diapers, Dishes, and Dusting

October 2, 2009 | 25 comments
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Yesterday, a Mormon Times article began with this opener: “For Finnish music star Mervi Hiltunen-Multamäki, trading in exotic concert locales, a prime-time TV show and platinum records for diapers, dishes and dusting was an easy decision. Maybe that’s because following the prophet has never been hard for her.” Read more »

Selfishness Pays (Off)

August 13, 2009 | 36 comments
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So, what with Utah’s poor Iowa Test scores, I’ve had a few people asking me how I turned all my children into such voracious little readers. “Did you read to them every day when they were little?” friends query. “Why, no. Of course not,” I respond. “I’m much too selfish for that.” Read more »

Reflections On an Interfaith Household

July 27, 2009 | 97 comments
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“She won’t join the church because we won’t let her practice polyandry.” That’s what my husband told the Stake President at his last interview. Read more »

Scandalous Lyrics

June 11, 2009 | 44 comments
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The 1980s hit “You’re the Inspiration” makes me think of metallic streamers, balloon arches, and poorly permed hair, Read more »

Congratulations

April 3, 2009 | 42 comments
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I’ll be attending a wedding later today. The couple will be married in the church, and a new baby will be joining them somewhat sooner than later. For a faithful LDS family, this is difficult. Read more »

Intentions

February 5, 2009 | 27 comments
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5-year-old son: Mom, he hit me with his backpack! Me: Did you hit your brother? 11-year-old son: No. 5-year-old: Yes, he did! He did! Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

November 29, 2008 | 19 comments
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Previous installments can be accessed through this link. Read more »

Christmas Gifts for Kids

November 5, 2008 | 17 comments
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Christmas Gifts for Kids

Let’s take about Christmas. Read more »

Halloween treat

October 31, 2008 | 23 comments
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Halloween treat

Strangely enough, I didn’t catch the irony until just now, as my first- and sixth-graders ran outside to catch the carpool. First grader=John McCain Sixth grader=jihadist Afghani Read more »

Girls, Are You Hip Enough?

October 29, 2008 | 95 comments
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I kissed a girl and I liked it The taste of her cherry chapstick I kissed a girl just to try it I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it It felt so wrong It felt so right Don’t mean I’m in love tonight Read more »

Two-headed Hydra

October 22, 2008 | 100 comments
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Thirteen-year-old son: Mom, can I watch “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”? me: No. son: Why not? There’s nothing bad about it. me: I disagree. son: Well, I disagree with you. me: That’s okay. Read more »

M Gets a Joke

October 1, 2008 | 50 comments
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A while back our household sat down to watch an episode of Monk. We like Monk because not only is it funny, it’s also sad and tender and offers good – sometimes very good – cultural satire. As I fed M she kept turning her head to look at the TV, watching whatever it is she sees when she’s watching something. We’re not sure what that is because doctors have sent mixed messages about her eyesight. But she does see. Read more »

Parenting Tips from the Life of Warren Buffett

October 1, 2008 | 13 comments
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“The deal that Buffett made with Howie concerning the rent for Howie’s farm was … linked with weight; the amount rose and fell with Howie’s poundage. Warren thought his son should weigh 182.5 pounds. When Howie was over the limit, he had to pay twenty-six percent of the farm’s gross receipts to his father. When he was under, he paid twenty-two percent. … Buffett couldn’t lose on this deal either. He got either more money or a thinner son.” Sharecrop your way to health and wealth. Read more »

MMM for Youth?

August 10, 2008 | 67 comments
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I don’t want to debate the ins and outs of the tragedy at Mountain Meadows. It was horrific no matter how you cut it. My more immediate problem is personal Read more »

Called to leave

May 31, 2008 | 39 comments
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My grandmother, mother, and I all served missions, so I was delighted when my firstborn announced her intention to serve, submitted her papers, received her call. Little did I know. Read more »

How Much Should We Advantage Our Kids Over Others?

August 9, 2007 | 100 comments
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When asked why they aren’t more generous with their time or money, many people answer that if they gave more, it would be at the expense of their own children. Sure, the argument goes, it would be great if I could pay an extra $100 to provide immunizations for kids in Africa, but my first duty is to my family, and giving that $100 for immunizations would prevent me from taking my kids to the water park. Read more »