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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.


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

Mama Bear Moxie advice


Mama Bear Moxie: Becoming ‘Mommy’ after adoption

Adopting my daughter has been one of the hardest, if not the hardest, things that I have done in my life.


Mama Bear Moxie: Be still my cynical heart

Love should be actively celebrated and shown throughout the entire year and not just on a random day in the middle of February.


Mama Bear Moxie: The art of saying no

“Saying ‘no’ is really saying ‘yes’ to yourself.”


Mama Bear Moxie: Taking ‘just’ out of your vocabulary

I spent 10 years as the mother of two boys before our adopted daughter arrived last year. I can’t begin to count the number of times that I heard the …


Mama Bear Moxie: Learning your love language

“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman really narrows down the complexity of people into five different ways they show or receive love: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, physical …


Mama Bear Moxie: Bring friends together at the dining table

Some of my most memorable moments as a child were eagerly awaiting the friends that would grace our dining table on weekends.


Mama Bear Moxie: Why Thanksgiving is better than Christmas

The long Thanksgiving weekend provides the time together as a family that I crave. The colder weather and the special food mush together to encourage lazy mornings, lots of game …


MAMA BEAR MOXIE: Sanity savings time

I have never been a fan of daylight saving time. I have had my fair share of late nights, early mornings and the occasional being late to church-to-hear- the-very-last -sermon-your- …


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: Watching maturation in real time

My oldest son is 12 years old and has reached that point in his life where the past boyishness and future manliness collide in an awkward battle of teen angst. …


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 …