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Yummy Homemade Graham Cracker S’mores

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Cooking and Recipes 10 Comments

The other day, while searching for a yummy after school treats, I came across a recipe for homemade graham crackers, and the added bonus – the crackers are actually soft and cookie-ish. These crackers are actually my favorite rendition of a graham cracker. Well, I was in the middle of making these when the school kids came home. We usually …

There is a silent women's health issue that is stealing health, happiness, and the enjoyment of life from many women, myself included. Are you affected to?

The Silent Women’s Health Issue

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Personal Journey 4 Comments

There’s been a lot of awareness-raising about women’s health issues recently. There’s one, though, that is hard to recognize, but it’s very common. It steals time, enjoyment, energy, and health from those who suffer from it – yet its causes are not well known. Women are five to eight times more likely to have this disease than men. What is this …

This fun and cute Valentine’s Day Banner is a great way to create memories with kids of all ages.

Valentine’s Day Banner

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Sometimes, when making crafts with preschoolers, the crafts turn out so cute that I just can’t wait to share them. This Valentine’s Day Banner is one of those times. The banner is fun and simple to make, and looks adorable. An added benefit is that this Valentine’s Day Banner also helps preschoolers develop fine motor skills through cutting, gluing, and …

Catch them being good is one of the most effective parenting techniques I've ever used to help my children improve their behaviors. Here's how to use it.

Catch them Being Good

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One of my fondest memories happened after I was asked to speak to my church congregation shortly after returning from a mission. The invitation came 10 minutes before the meeting was to start. My habit is to say yes when asked to do things. After extemporizing a 15-minute speech, I was able to sit back and enjoy the remainder of …

Fine motor skills are important to little hands learning how to write. Here are 20+ activities from KBN bloggers that focus on developing fine motor skills.

The Importance of Developing Fine Motor Skills

Mommy Crusader Collaborative posts, fine motor skills, Preschool Units 4 Comments

 20+ Activities to Develop Fine Motor Skills When I was a young mother of a precocious two-year old, I focused on teaching her everything she would need to know for Kindergarten. We worked on knowing what the colors were, how to count to 20 verbally and with objects, and the ABC’s. However, I overlooked the importance of developing fine motor …

Gratitude is a skill that needs to be taught, and taught when chidlren are young. Here are four keys to teaching toddlers gratitude.

Four Keys to Teaching Toddlers Gratitude

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Holidays, Parenting 16 Comments

Gratitude, it seems, doesn’t come naturally to young children. They are born completely helpless, and honestly, completely selfish. This makes sense. Their very survival depends on their needs being met. So, of course, they are self-centered. However, teaching toddlers gratitude can be done, if certain keys are followed. First of all, it is very important to model an attitude of …

With so much attention on goals for the upcoming year, I thought setting a few backwards New Year’s Resolutions would help celebrate the old year.

Backwards New Year’s Resolutions

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This year to go along with my New Year’s resolutions, I decided to do backwards New Year’s Resolutions. What is a backward New Year’s Resolution? A backward New Year’s Resolution involves reflecting on the past year and looking for what is working, what went well, and what was helping the family. Then, it involves resolving to keep those behaviors as …