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Our Last Weeks Alone – Single Mothers by Choice – Single Mum, Parents Article

During the last few weeks the world around us has changed suddenly. Hot sticky days with harsh bright sunlight have been replaced by cool, crisp dry days that smell of fresh mown grass and distant fires. Many of the 6-foot-high corn fields have been mowed down, and the guy selling 12 ears for $4 out of the back of his truck has sold out for the season. The soybean fields are starting to turn golden, and maples and ash here…

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How to Raise Joyful Kids by Alyssa Shaffer, author The Happiness Formula (Book Excerpt) | MotherhoodLater.com – Parents Article

How to Raise Joyful Kids by Alyssa Shaffer, author The Happiness Formula (Book Excerpt)Excerpted from The Happiness Formula: Simple Habits for a More Joyful Life by Alyssa Shaffer, published March 2020 by Centennial Books.    There Are Steps You Can Take To Make Sure Your Children Always Look On The Sunny Side Did you know that happiness can be learned? “Think of happiness as a set of skills rather than an inborn personality trait,” Christine Carter, the author of Raising…

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Privacy for Children in The Age of “Influencers” – Foster Parents Article

I’ve been reading the story of a family that just breaks my heart. They very publicly crowdsourced funds for the international adoption of a child. They very publicly brought him home and talked in detail about his history. They very publicly shared about the struggles of raising him. They very publicly shared his multiple diagnoses. And this week they very publicly shared about how they could no longer parent him. They very publicly talked about how a “new forever family”…

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Birth Plan B – Single Mothers by Choice – Single Mum, Parents Article

All that I could say while being lifted into the ambulance was “she can’t come now, she can’t come now.” The doors closed and I could think of nothing but the little girl inside of me. I was in premature labor at 28 weeks pregnant. When I arrived at the hospital the paramedics rushed me down the hallway. As I lay on my side on the gurney to ease the pain, the look of concern was reflected in the strange…

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The Cunningham Family: Around Here: Week 18 2020 – Parenting Twins Article

    Starting… the week with a terrible migraine on Sunday and suffering a migraine hangover on Monday.  It was so miserable. I had to ice on Sunday and didn’t get any of the things done that I had hoped to. The rest of the week my head ached off and on. Joyful… that the ukulele that the kids got from my Grandma Pansy came.  It’s blue and so cute.  They love it.  Logan learned how to play in fourth grade with…

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The Cunningham Family: Pictures of Joy – Parenting Twins Article

Rockaway Beach {Spring Break 2019} I have a goal to work toward clearing my dashboard in blogger (where all my draft posts are saved), and this happened to be the post I clicked open today.  These pictures made me smile so big! These are all treasures that I will cherish forever, along with the memories we made that day with my Grandma & Grandpa last year.  If Coronavirus has taught me anything it’s that what really matters is the people…

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No One – Single Mothers by Choice – Single Mum, Parents Article

As I sit here tonight going through pictures of Tate, ‘checking’ Facebook, deleting some emails, I am overwhelmed by the quiet of my home. Tate has been in bed since 7, and Vincent is still not pleased with me over his visit to the vet yesterday. I looked around and just became insidiously aware of my aloneness. Every. Single. Night. Once Tate is asleep I do have a myriad of things to accomplish before I can rest and just be.…

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Infertility– Suffering, Marriage, Friendship and Faith Radio Interview – Foster Parents Article

It was a weird moment the other day when I verbalized to my husband that we are now experiencing secondary infertility. About fifteen years ago we were diagnosed with infertility, adopted four kids, experienced two miracle pregnancies that ended with the births of our sons (and two ectopic pregnancies) and now here we are again. We don’t necessarily want to have more biological kids, but the weird thing about infertility is that just because you don’t want to get pregnant…

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My Village – Single Mothers by Choice – Single Mum, Parents Article

Just a few short weeks ago, my aunt died. This was a woman who was among the first to tell me she supported me fully when I told her I wanted to become a Single Mother by Choice (SMC) … the woman who threw me a baby shower, the first person aside of my mom to come visit my newborn son, and the woman who told me she thought it was “awesome” how I was choosing to live my life.…

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Make Your Own Play Food Using Recipe Magazines – Parenting Twins Article

Are you looking for the easiest and cheapest way to make play food for your little one? This DIY play food craft is so simple you are going to kick yourself you didn’t try it before! Grab some old magazines, card, scissors and glue… it’s all you need to create some culinary delights for your child’s toy kitchen! In these times of Covid-19 quarantine, we all need ideas to keep our kids busy. I sat down this morning and…

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