How does light affect your sleep?

Are you a “night owl” or a “morning lark”? If you’ve ever used the terms “night owl” or “morning lark” to describe when you work best, what you are really describing is your circadian rhythm. Every creature on the planet has a circadian rhythm. This is what determines the cycles…

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Sleep: a guide to your family’s sleep needs

How much sleep should you be getting? There has been tons of research about how much sleep the average child and adult should be getting. Some studies suggest that adults can be healthy on just 6 hours of quality sleep, and others insist that 8 hours is the minimum amount…

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Keys to Parenting: Follow Up and Follow Through

The day I became a mom was life-changing. When they placed that tiny infant in my arms, I remember looking into her eyes and falling in love instantly. However, as she grew up, loving her wasn’t so effortless. My love for my daughter needed action to back it up. It…

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Keys to Parenting: Consistency keeps your kids happy

Raising children is not an easy job. You have to have patience, perseverance, patience, internal strength of will, the ability to control your emotions, and patience. Did I mention you must have patience? Because that’s probably the most important quality to have: Patience. There are so many different ways to…

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It’s your choice. Be consistent.

There are a lot of trends in lifestyle choices these days. One can choose their decorating style, diet, fitness routines, wardrobe and appearance, parenting style, relationship preference, sexual orientation and even gender is a choice now, apparently.  There are a lot of fads, things that seem pleasing, generate a lot…

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Birth Story: Everlasting Mercy

Motherhood came with a bang The summer my husband and I bought a house is the summer my 5th daughter was conceived. By this point, I was expecting to fall pregnant again, sometime around the end of July-beginning of August, as that was the pattern. My then-youngest was about 9…

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Birth story: the Truth of Hope

Motherhood begins at home September is my 4th daughter’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that she’s not a baby anymore! She was the only one of my five girls to be born at home, so her birth was special, in more than one way. She gave me hope. This little…

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Birth Story: my Gift of Peace

Motherhood planning attempts My middle child was the only one I can say I ever even came close to planning. My 2nd daughter was about 10 months old, and I brought up the idea of having another child to my husband. It was June 2009. I had just had a…

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Birth story: Light of Joy

Motherhood surprised me again I conceived my second daughter the night I got engaged. The first inkling of her coming happened about two weeks later, when I had a craving for, of all things, broccoli. I’m not known for my preference for vegetables.  I was a bit of a picky…

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Birth story: Promise of strength

Motherhood began with a shock I was all of 19 years old when I discovered I was going to become a mother. 19 years old, just finished my first year of university, at home with my parents for the summer, and the relationship from which child resulted had ended. I’d…

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