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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: To everything there is a season

I was reminded, yet again, you can learn a lot about a person by what they purchase at a store.


Mama Bear Moxie: The power of a paycheck

Over the years, I have done a wide variety of extra jobs that helped bring in some extra cash. There was one thing I learned from all these jobs: There …


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: Rediscover the magic of the library

The library is a fantastic maze of information…go get lost in it!


Mama Bear Moxie: Navigating changing gender roles

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Mama Bear Moxie: Surviving back to school on a budget

Tips and tricks to save money on the back to school shopping trip.


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: Getting ready for college drop offs

I wanted to share my thoughts to both parents and incoming freshman who will be moving to college soon.


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: Time for kids – and mama – to learn some independence

I have realized that I need to give my two two sons more chances to gain some independence. They can’t stay under my wing forever, and I can’t protect them …


Mama Bear Moxie: Spend the money on professional photos

The extra cost of professional photographs last the test of time


Mama Bear Moxie: Free things to do with your kids this summer

When you are a stay-at-home mama with little ones in the house it can be hard trying to plan fun things to do on a shoestring budget. I remember those …


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: Don’t sweat the summer planning

Summer is upon us and it has mamas all over in a frenzy. Working moms have to make other plans for childcare or enroll their kiddos in every-summer-camp-known-to-man to keep …


Mama Bear Moxie: Don’t test me

When I had my firstborn, I decided I would parent much like my own parents did: loving and strict, yet fun. I remember my dad telling me when my son …


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: Cutting the cord

In an effort to save a few dollars off the family budget, many families are choosing to forgo their cable companies and switch to other television options. We had friends …


Mama Bear Moxie: Reconnect on kid-free vacation

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


Mama Bear Moxie: Five tips to keeping kids organized

Here are five tips for keeping your family home under control.


Mama Bear Moxie: Telling the truth to your kids can be complicated

I want to be an honest mom. Really, I do. But there are times when I find myself flat out lying to my children.


Mama Bear Moxie: Sometimes the trash can is your best friend

I am that mom that throws things away. Like a lot of things. If I deem it unnecessary, I immediately throw it away. I, of course, look over the graded …


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.