Parenting

Reader Question: How Do You Handle Kids and Technology?

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2017 | 34 comments

I’m back with another reader question… all about Kids + Technology!

I don’t have much perspective on this topic because of the age of my children — however, I KNOW so many of you with older children have great ideas, and I’d love it if you would share those ideas in the comments so we can all benefit from your wisdom!

Realistic Expectations – 6 Weeks Post Baby

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2017 | 21 comments

Life with a newborn… need I say more! 

We’ve definitely had some rough days and a few sleepless nights — but today, I’m sharing my thoughts on realistic expectations, and how my expectations played a HUGE role in my perception of these past 6 weeks.

6 Reasons Working from Home with Kids Works for Me (but might not work for you)

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2017 | 13 comments

If you’ve ever wondered how on earth I’m able to work from home with my kids, I hope these 6 reasons help to clear up any confusion.

I promise that I’m no “better” than any other working parent; I just have different skills and I’ve figured out a way to use those skills in a way that works best for me, for my personality, and for my family. 

I Did So Many Things “Wrong” and My Children Survived

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2017 | 34 comments

I get so many requests for parenting advice… but I often shy away from giving “advice” versus just sharing what works for me and my children.

So today, in hopes of offering encouragement to those of you who feel like you’re failing, I’m sharing many of the things I apparently did “wrong” (according to the experts and books) and how little those things actually mattered in the bigger scheme of my children’s lives!

A Few Thoughts on Volunteering

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2017 | 32 comments

I’m a huge advocate for volunteering for organizations I feel passionate about — and obviously, volunteer work is crucial to many schools, churches, and other community organizations. However, there are definitely seasons of life when volunteering is much less “doable”.

For those of you who feel really overwhelmed with the amount of volunteer work you might be asked to do this coming year, I hope this post lets you breathe a sigh of relief and realize you do NOT have to do it all!

Halfway… Encouragement for the REALLY Long Days!

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2017 | 23 comments

If you are in the thick of LOOOOONG days without enough parenting perspective to look back and see how far you’ve come, just know you aren’t alone. I think I can speak for all parents in saying, “We’ve all been there!”

I hope today’s post offers so much encouragement for parents with tiny children… and a few smiles for those of you with a bit more parenting experience!

My Parenting Don’ts

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2017 | 27 comments

Dave and I really don’t enjoy DOING a lot of extra things with young children. Too much ‘extra’ stresses us out, makes us crabby, and we become less fun parents. 

If you’re the type of parent who can nod in agreement with many of my Parenting DON’Ts, I hope this post helps you realize you’re not alone! 

My Baby-Feeding Philosophy and Plans for Feeding Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2017 | 26 comments

Someone recently shared with me that the first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week… and they asked if I would share more about MY baby-feeding philosophy and how I plan to feed baby #4.

So that’s what’s on the agenda for today… along with another discount code for the amazing Glamourmom nursing tanks I love so much!

Home Renovations and Newborns

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2017 | 17 comments

After 6.5 years of continual house projects, pregnancies, and newborns, Dave and I will both say that all our house projects and all our babies have required more work, time, patience, and energy than we originally envisioned… but both the house projects AND the babies have most definitely been worth it all!

In fact, as I thought more about it, I realized that home renovations and newborns surprisingly have many similarities!

What a Difference One Year Makes

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2017 | 9 comments

Last spring, I transplanted lilies from my Great-Grandparents’ dairy farm… and they didn’t look so great. This year, however, they are thriving with huge blooms and an amazing scent that fills our yard!

It’s amazing what a difference just one year makes — with our flowers, our children, our careers, our own personal lives, etc. etc. Read more of my thoughts in today’s post!

Reader Question: How Did You Decide on Your Family Size?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2017 | 97 comments

Ever since I announced that Baby Dekker #4 is on her way, I’ve gotten so many congratulatory emails and comments from all of you.

A couple of the emails questioned how Dave and I decided what size family we want (or at least hope to have) someday… and that’s what I’m sharing more about today.

Simon Says – Our Speech Therapy Experience

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2017 | 33 comments

As some of you may remember, Simon never talked (like literally never even said one word) until he was about 18-20 months old… and now we can’t get him to stop talking!

Today, I’m sharing more about our speech therapy experience, as well as some helpful tips and ideas for those of you with a “speechless” toddler in your life.

The Story of Piercing Nora’s Ears

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2017 | 44 comments

Exactly 6 months ago, Nora got her ears pierced.

I’ve been asked to share more about our ear-piercing experience so many times, and I figured today would be a good day — especially since we’ve finally put the ‘trauma’ of the whole ordeal behind us 🙂

The “Good Old Days” Start Now!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2017 | 19 comments

Despite what so many professionals, books, and news articles try to scare us to believe, I’m convinced today’s youth will grow up into fine adults who can fend for themselves, live on their own, and make a decent life for themselves.

And I have a feeling our kids will remember their childhood as “the good old days”, just like we remember ours!

The Next Best Choice… Why I Cut the Crust off My Kids’ Bread!

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2017 | 65 comments

I was recently thinking about all the times in my life when I choose “the next best” instead of the “best” because it’s faster, easier, cheaper, and more fitting with my current stage of life.

As I pondered all these “next best” choices, I realized these choices are one of the reasons my life is simpler, less stressed, less chaotic, less busy, and less full. I’m elaborating more on this today!

My Thoughts on Children’s Sleep Schedule

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2017 | 17 comments

It’s been just over a year now since we finally got all 3 of our kids on a relatively decent sleeping schedule… and since then, Dave and I have enjoyed hours of kid-free time every evening.

I’m often asked to share what exactly we did to get our kids to sleep better — and although I don’t have a specific 3-step or 5-step process, I hope that some of the thoughts I share in today’s post will help those of you in the thick of sleepless nights!

7 Bad (and Better) Responses for a Friend in Need

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2017 | 66 comments

Almost all of us have some sort of issue or problem we struggle with on a daily basis… and sometimes we just need to vent.

Inspired by a recent reader question, I decided to share 7 bad (and better) responses for when a friend (or spouse, or child, or other relative) comes to us to vent, to share a concern, or to ask for our advice.

One Simple Way I Got My Kids to Listen Better

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2017 | 41 comments

Today I’m sharing one simple thing I’ve been doing with my kids that has helped them listen to me so much better.

Of course, they aren’t magically compelled to do everything I ask without moaning, groaning, whining, and complaining… but we are making progress, and that’s all I can ask for right now!