"School supply shopping is always a major deal at our house. In the past, a friend and I have loaded in the car and drove an hour to the closest Walmart where we diligently followed the teacher’s supply list to the letter. But this year was different."
"This system seems to be the best of both worlds. They are expected to contribute without being paid but also have the opportunity to take responsibility for earning the money they want."
"We recently moved to a new town for my husband’s job and I learned a lot in the process — including what worked well and what I wish I would have done. "
"I started to pick up the larger broken bits of glass. That was my first mistake. As I learned later when I called Poison Control, I should have left the area for 10 to 15 minutes before I began cleanup."
Instead of worrying about needles under a stall, these last few months have taught me it’s important to educate myself. I've learned to take a second to think about what makes me really scared and then seek out ways I can gather actual facts from official resources that can give me the facts. (Hint: it's not Facebook)
"Art might be frivolous to some, but to a child with a wild imagination and a love of theater, it is everything. I'm so glad art's still alive in my small hometown."
"Vaccines are a hard topic for me. It’s strange because I understand when parents choose not to vaccinate their kids. That choice is coming from a place of deep love and a desire to protect their kids from harm. I get that. But I can’t help but look at the choice of whether or not to vaccinate from a cancer mom’s perspective."
"My boys have daily chores they do (most days). Things like scoop out the litter box, carry laundry to the laundry room or practice their instruments. But they also have one glorious job to do that has changed my life. I feel like there should be a giant drum roll here because it’s just that amazing. It’s called 'the Mom job.'"
"I’m a chronically late person. My family jokes about it. They even tell me we need to be places 30 minutes before we actually need to be there so I don’t make them late," wrote Jenni DeWitt. "It’s a bad habit and something I’ve been working on for years, but the final straw came when my kids started getting tardies at school."
"Now that (my kids) are older, it’s not as easy to choose the right books for them," wrote Nebraska mom Jenni DeWitt. "As we learned the hard way recently, you can’t just grab the first book that catches your eye."
What do you do with kids when someone is looking at your house? Through trial by fire, this mom discovered a few things that actually made the entire experience fun.
"As kids get older, there’s a new twist to the whole screen time internal battle. A 5-year-old might not notice you just told them to get off their iPad while your own nose is buried in a screen, but a 10-year-old sure will. And they’re not afraid to call you out on it."
"While it wasn’t perfect, the challenge did teach me a lot about myself and the way I view the 'stuff' sitting around my home," wrote Nebraska mom Jenni DeWitt. "The biggest surprise was that purging items was often more about letting go of an idea I had about myself than it was about the physical item itself."
There are a lot of programs out there. It can be tough to figure out which one is right for you because there are so many.
"We’ve lived in the same house for the past 13 years. During that time, we’ve had two kids, three dogs, two cats, one massive battle with childhood cancer and a serious buildup of junk we no longer need. Lately, I’ve been feeling a deep call to purge. My friend must be feeling it, too, because she invited me to do a minimalist challenge."
In her ongoing quest for the next great series, Momaha.com blogger Jenni DeWitt has often found herself falling back on the tried-and-true series she read when she was her son's age. Here are three of her favorites.
Boys can be hard to shop for, especially when it seems like they already have everything they could ever want or need. This is especially true when they start to get a little older. Here are some ideas.
My goal this Christmas is to have all my shopping done before Dec. 2 when Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, begins in our church.
"So, just as I’d turned to books to help me teach them their letters, shapes and numbers, I turned to books to help me teach them how to handle their anger. Here are three books about anger that ended up being my boys’ favorites over the years."
"I'd been in survival mode during treatment. Now it was time to learn to live again. So I sifted through drawers of emotions that I thought I’d closed years ago. Sometimes I opened them myself. Other times I needed the help of a psychologist or a spiritual director."
"If I chose what my boys were for Halloween, I'd like to think the costumes would be a little more creative — or at least different from year to year. With that being said, here are five Halloween costumes I wish my boys had worn over the years."
"At every stage in life, my role as their mother is simply to love them where they are at. To let go of the end result as much as possible and embrace the precious moments we have right now."
The Beads of Courage offer a way to remember everything Jenni DeWitt's son has been through during his fight to beat cancer. "It allows him to focus on the bright colors and unique bead designs rather than the pain and hurt of that time," she wrote.
If your kids enjoy listening to stories — or can't read in the car without getting sick — here are 12 great audiobook options.
The school year has begun, and I’m struggling with a serious case of “meal amnesia.” The moment I sit down to figure out what I want to cook that night, my mind is utterly and completely blank. My memory wiped clean. I cannot think of one single meal idea. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook. It’s not even that I don’t have most of the ingredients on hand to make many, many meals. It’s just that I can’t think of one plausible option.
So I made a plan to help my “meal amnesia."
Traditions are an interesting thing. You can learn about them in textbooks and hear the stories, but you never quite fully understand them until you experience them for yourself.