Fewer skills are harder to impart than teaching our children self-control. Here are four ways to help them learn this important skill.

Teaching our Children Self-Control

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Parenting 2 Comments

Let’s face it, one of the hardest things for anyone to master is self-control. And, self-control is such an integral part of life as an adult. Successful completion of schooling requires self-control. Staying employed requires self-control. Maintaining a happy marriage requires self-control. Keeping out of trouble with law enforcement requires self-control. In short, living a happy and productive life requires the …

As the hustle and bustle of Christmas picks up, thoughts of simplifying Christmas for my family weighed on me. Here's what I changed.

Simplifying Christmas

Mommy Crusader Christmas, Parenting, Sunday Reflection 8 Comments

Oh, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season! There’s so MUCH to get done, so many great things to do as a family, and then there are all those projects, crafts, and activities that everyone will love to do. PHEW! That list makes me exhausted, just writing it. I’m beginning to think that my family might need to begin simplifying …

There are some surprising keys to successful, fulfilling adult lives that need to be discussed and fought for so that our country begins to thrive again.

Surprising Keys to Successful, Fulfilling Adult Lives

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Parenting, School, Sunday Reflection 2 Comments

I’m about to write something offensive. I try not to be offensive, most of the time. But, today I’m going to get it for what I’m about to write. Which is interesting, because really all I’m trying to support is hard work, personal responsibility, and critical thinking. These are all skills my husband and I work hard to teach our …

An important part of a parent's job is to be prepared for emergencies. Here are a few ideas to help keep your family protected.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Parenting, Personal Journey 7 Comments

Last year, around this time our furnace needed to be turned off. We had a natural gas leak because of improper installation and a lack of air circulation. It was a mixture ripe to cause carbon monoxide poisoning. We were fortunate that we have a fireplace to heat our home with. And, thanks to some good friends, we had gone two …

We all have faced moments when we needed our family's support. Here are three ways we can work on strengthening family friendships.

Strengthening Family Friendships

Mommy Crusader Parenting, Sunday Reflection 2 Comments

We’ve all been there… The family reunion –aunts, uncles, first cousins thrice-removed, and other relatives  — everyone gathered to celebrate a progenitor from a hundred years ago. Does the word awkward ring a bell? These gatherings are fantastic, and important, but if effort isn’t put into strengthening family friendships then no one will feel very comfortable. Part of the trick is …

The fall time change is coming, and after some trial and error I've a way of surviving the time changes with small children that's fun and easy.

Surviving the Time Changes with Small Children

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Fall, Parenting, Spring 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again… time to change the clocks back an hour. All my life, I have hated the time change – especially the spring change forward. Once in high school, for whatever reason, my alarm clock was wrong, and went off hours earlier that it should have. My sister and I got up, dutifully dressed and got …