The Moment I Realized I Failed Parenting. How About You?

My daughter will tell you I’m crazy. She doesn’t understand. At all. Somewhere between two days before Christmas and New Year’s Eve I simply had a revelation. That I messed up. Not my mother-in-law’s chocolate pie. Not my first novel. Though, I certainly did a fine job of making a disaster of both of those. I’m talking big. As in parenthood. Yeah, I messed up parenthood. The awareness has been creeping in our home with each arriving college acceptance letter.

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Lullaby Playing Dad Gets Baby Son To Sleep With Love And Piano

It’s the lullaby that has worked magic on babies for almost 150 years. The help parents have turned to when they can’t get baby to sleep. That’s the situation David Motola found himself in with his baby son, Sam, was having trouble falling asleep. Poor baby had an earache. Dad also happens to be a YouTube star who entertains viewers around the world as Bearded Piano. So, David loaded Baby Sam up in his baby carrier and started to play Brahms’

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Mother Of Slain Officer Serves Hundreds Of Cops Holiday Dinner

Can the grief of a mother who has buried her son know any end? I would imagine no. Shirley Gibson and her husband, Harrison, have known this immense pain since 1997. Their son, Brian was a Washington D.C. police officer who was ambushed while sitting in his patrol car. At her son’s funeral, she wondered how she would ever get through the holidays. Her answer has been simply brilliant. She cooks. Cooks her son’s favorite foods and invites local police

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Taking The Temperature In My Marriage

It’s not that I’m blaming anyone. After all, the terms were right there in bold print in the Mommy contract. Maybe you signed the same one, Dear Reader? The one where you swear you don’t believe in germs. Not when it comes to taking care of your ailing family. You convince yourself you’re invincible, Have a special super hero protection shield, And do what you have to do in order to take care of everyone else. That’s how I ended

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Open This Gift Early-Best Christmas Ad Of The Year!

A Christmas Ad that makes your heart explode. One of the best parts of the holiday season, no matter what your religion is. No matter what your country or language is. Some themes, like love and family are simply universal. Case in point is this ad out of Poland. This is for Allegro a Polish online auction site. I dare you to watch it and not dissolve in a puddle of tears. Happy tears, that is. NPR reports since Allegro

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The First Holidays Without My Mom

In case you were wondering, Yes, that was me. The lady pushing her buggy down the aisle of the grocery store right before Thanksgiving. Tears streaming down her face. That was me. Tears were not the plan. Yukon Golds for mashed potatoes, Elbow macaroni for mac n’cheese. A few other things I had forgotten. That was the plan. I should remember my tears always have their own plan. Make no allowances for public appearances. And so, they picked the day

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Generous Farmers Help Grieving Neighbor Harvest Over 100 Acres In A Day

It’s more than wheat, hay and other crops farmers are growing in Connorsville, Indiana. They are growing generosity, love and compassion. Things you don’t know you have until times are hard. Beyond hard. Challenges you would wish on no one. That’s what Steve Wollyung’s family is facing. Just days getting ready to harvest 112 acres on his farm, Steve’s four-year-old granddaughter, Ayla, died in an accident on the farm. Finishing that harvest was the last thing Steve could handle right

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One TV Mom Figures Out How To Have It All

    My friend, Lori, is nuts.     Some would say.     Who walks away from a job she worked more than 20 years to get?     A job she loves.     A job with perks.     Who does that?     A certain kind of woman.     Also known as,     A mom.     “My kids are now 9 and 5, precious ages I don’t want to miss,” she shared this week on Facebook.     Trading in 9-5 for her kids

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Two Sisters Become Moms Adopting Family Of Six Siblings

Sisters do some incredible things together. Tracy and Sherrie Smith of Benbrook, Texas are taking it to a new level. They’ve become moms. Adopting. Together. Not one. Not two. How about six siblings?! Who would ever take in six young kids that officials were hoping they could keep together? These great women. That’s who. Are they crazy? They’ll be the first to tell you, absolutely. And they couldn’t be happier. They’re raising the kids they were meant to. Their kids.

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Could Thanksgiving This Year Be Any More Awkward?

This would appear to be some incredibly poor planning. Thanksgiving. There is no holiday I love more. The spirit of gratitude. The food. You, too, Dear Reader? You are days away from going to great effort to gather around an abundant table of food with your family. You might even spend a lot of money and time to get there. A lovely thought. And, Terrible timing. This year, at least. Who was the genius that scheduled Thanksgiving for the same

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