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Mama Bear Moxie: High expectations often lead to disappointment

I tend to have high expectations on most everything in life. I have high expectations of myself, my husband and my kids. I have high expectations on how I think …


Mama Bear Moxie: Every kid is smart in their own way

In our household we have had many conversations about the differences of our kids. We have redefined the term “smart” in our household and have decided that it isn’t just …


Mama Bear Moxie: The trials, tribulations of the chore chart

I have tried numerous chore charts for my kids. Some have partly worked and some have not worked at all.


Mama Bear Moxie: You should just adopt

When you adopt many people will tell you different things. You’ll hear all about the worst adoption failures out there as well as what people think about adoption. You’ll be …


Mama Bear Moxie: Just host for once

Hosting can get tiring. Help others by sharing the burden.


Mama Bear Moxie: Teaching little ones independence

Here are a few tips to help preschoolers gain a bit more independence and make your job easier as a parent.


Mama Bear Moxie: Though they’re young, they deserve respect

I started noticing that my immediate first thought was, “You can’t be serious. How does this kid know anything?” and then I stopped and realized how wrong that idea is.


Mama Bear Moxie: Children need to get enough sleep

It became very clear to me as a young mother that sleep was an important part of my children’s health. Establishing a sleep schedule for my babies paid off as …


Mama Bear Moxie: Makeup doesn’t define beauty

I’m being careful about what I say to my daughter when she does put on a headband or pretty dress because I want her to have self-confidence but also want …


Mama Bear Moxie: Spend the money on professional photos

The extra cost of professional photographs last the test of time


Mama Bear Moxie: No top sheet, please

I heard in recent headlines that some millennials don’t sleep with top sheets on their beds. It made me laugh because we are a strict “no top sheet” family and …


Mama Bear Moxie: Keep back to school shopping in August

Summer vacation has just started and already there’s a catalog on my counter trying to convince me to purchase a backpack. I’ve barely finished unloading a forest full of crumpled …


Mama Bear Moxie: Pushy parenting sometimes is the best way to help a scared child

Now, am I touting that you should push your kids to do something they absolutely do not want to do? No, but I knew that he was safe and that …


Mama Bear Moxie: Not your Mother’s Day

In smaller communities, where multiple generations live in close proximity, Mother’s Day is an entirely different event.


Mama Bear Moxie: Reconnect on kid-free vacation

Taking the time for kid-free vacations is worth it to your marriage.


Mama Bear Moxie: The slippery slope of comparison

Mama Bear Moxie column for Monday, March 26, 2018.


Mama Bear Moxie: Playing the gatekeeper

Sometimes a mom has to let her kids make decisions, even if she thinks they’ll regret them in the end.


Mama Bear Moxie: Why my kids don’t, and won’t, have cellphones

Mama Bear Moxie advice


Mama Bear Moxie: Choosing to linger

I have a friend who chooses a word to focus on each year. A few years ago her word was “linger” as she was raising 3 little boys with a …


Mama Bear Moxie: Putting dreams on hold

I recently came across one of those life changing bits of wisdom on social media that stopped me in my tracks. The background was of a little boy playing baseball …