May 8th, 2008

Summertime Routines

Kate writes:

Summer is quickly approaching and kids are getting out of school in a few weeks. I, once again, have all these high hopes of organized days with lots of reading, family prayer time, field trips, pool time etc. each and every day. That led me to routines….that led me to “I wonder how Danielle does it …” So, how do you do it? Do you have a set

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May 6th, 2008

Dads and Delivery

It was with great interest that I recently read Feeling Her Pain, a Washington Post article about some men’s ambivalent feelings about being present in the delivery room at the births of their children.

In a recent Coffee Talk, someone asked me to share some of my birth stories, and while it’s not at all my style to blog intimate details about labor and delivery, this does offer me an

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April 21st, 2008

Safer Sipping

I give up. I have officially been disturbed enough by reports of the health risks associated with the use of plastic sippy cups containing bisphenol A or BPA to get rid of ours. I have been shopping for replacements and finding a number of different options. I thought we could share some information and recommendations here.

I’m kind of partial to this cool stainless steel design by Thermos. But one

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March 27th, 2008

Help with Housework

Elizabeth wrote a bit about the rhythms of housework and has inspired me to share some thoughts on something that came up in last week’s Coffee Talk.

Some of you asked “How on earth do you handle all the housework?” while others of you hoped I would be so kind as to post pictures of the inside of my messy house. Well, I was crazy enough to do that once

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March 11th, 2008

Your Turn: Open Line Tuesday

I’m busy, so I’m cheating. Today really is your turn — and it’s totally open.

Ask me a question. Make a comment. Make a suggestion. Offer some constructive criticism. As long as you’re polite, I can take it. I’ll do my best to answer questions, but I can’t promise to respond to anything you offer until after my trip to St. Louis this weekend.

Go on now. Have fun!

March 4th, 2008

Your Turn: Moving With Kids

A reader writes:

We are hoping to buy a new house out in the country and we have 4 children, the oldest of whom is 4. How in the world do you sell your home fast for cash and move with little kids? I get a little panicky (okay, a lot) just thinking about trying to keep the house clean and presentable for showing. Also, where do you take your

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February 26th, 2008

Your Turn: Unsupportive Family

On reader writes:

I was wondering what your take is on how to deal with loved ones who have left the Church and have an ax to grind. In the last 3-4 years I have really embraced my faith and become a full-fledged Catholic. (I had been a “cradle Catholic” all my life and wasn’t completely dedicated to the church or even sure what I wanted). I now take major

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February 19th, 2008

Your Turn: Beating the Blahs

Have I mentioned it’s February? Have I mentioned we’re buried in snow? Have I mentioned that these winter days are long, dreary, prone to illness, and severely lacking in sunlight?

I have? Well, sorry but we’re going to talk about it again. But we’re not just going to gripe — we’re going to talk about the winter blues and how you can combat them. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, people.

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