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To Train up a Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl

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Here is my “I Brake for Moms” column from yesterday’s Herald: No child deserves parenting by the rod. Luckily, I researched and wrote this article about Michael and Debi Pearl’s book “To Train up a Child” before I broke my wrist. One handed … Continue reading

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Tantrum help for everyone

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More ideas for tantrum prevention here, here, and here. Good luck!

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Fishy Miracles

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The unexplained true story of Princess Rip-Jaws: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140413/BLOG5205/140419765/Pet-fish-full-of-surprises-and-a-few-confusing-life-lessons Meanwhile, for those of you keeping track, this is what I look like these days: My surgery went well and in two days I get a cast.

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The Outcasts, by Jill Williamson

Outcasts, book two of The Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson, creeps me out for all the wrong reasons. The writing is strong and the character development excellent, but there’s a thread of borderline-abusive paternalism running through the book that really bothers me. … Continue reading

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Taking a break from blogging

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sometimes the universe tells you that you are too busy or else that ice skating is perhaps not worth the risk. either way I’ve decided to take a short break from blogging and focus on more important things like learning … Continue reading

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Magic School Bus Science Kit, Mold and Fungi

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Can I just say “Eeew”??! When I set off this year to do a better job helping my kids learn science at home after school, I didn’t know it would involve mold and dead rodents. Actually, maybe I should blame … Continue reading

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WA State Geography in 60 seconds or less

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The devastating Washington Mudslide is making national news this week, but many of my friends from outside of WA aren’t sure where Oso, Darrington and Arlington are. Roughly speaking, the mudslide is happening in the mountains about an hour’s drive … Continue reading

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Will hummingbirds reject GMO sugar?

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My son’s third grade class has been gearing up for the Science Fair. For Bruce, this meant experimenting with conventionally grown versus organically grown potatoes. My son was having so much fun, that I decided moms should get to do a … Continue reading

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Wonderbag Chicken with a Coconut Kick

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I LOVE my Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker! Here’s something yummy I threw together tonight and cooked while we were at a Little League game. Ingredients 1 lb chicken filets 2 eggs +  bread crumbs, salt and herbs to bread the chicken coconut oil … Continue reading

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What to expect when you interrupt my dinner

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Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Daily Herald: If robocalls could hear, they’d get an earful from the kids. (Oh, and no, my kitchen table does not normally look that nice!)

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Here comes the lamb

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By the middle of March I struggle to remember how much I love the Pacific Northwest. Snow is one thing. Rain is another. But the gray? That can really get you down. They say March is “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” … Continue reading

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Wooden Spoons and Christians

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I come from a loving, atheist home that was completely absent of all corporal punishment. Not everyone is so lucky… This week I’ve been reading stories from adult survivors of traumatic childhood discipline from Christian families and it’s made me … Continue reading

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Girl at the End of the World, by Elizabeth Esther

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Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future, by Elizabeth Esther, is so good and so powerful, that in addition to crying and laughing I also feel a little bit … Continue reading

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Why ordinary moms should know about the Bill Gothard Scandal

Have you ever heard of Bill Gothard? If you answer “No” to that question, don’t feel bad. I had never heard of him either, until recently. I’m just an ordinary SAHM, sending my kids to public school and taking them … Continue reading

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Hot Rocks and Old Crayons

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Got some old crayons laying around? Turn them into masterpieces! Heat rocks from your garden in the oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. (Smooth rocks work best.) The rocks will be hot to the touch, but not dangerously so. … Continue reading