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Effective Mothers Remember What It Is Like to be Small


Last year, one of my daughters, who was finishing up an Honours Degree in Religion and applying to Teacher’s College, asked me what I thought were the attributes of an effective teacher for her application. When I considered effective teachers, I immediately thought about effective mothers. One of the best ways to learn how to mother and teach is to remember both the good and … Continue reading Effective Mothers Remember What It Is Like to be Small

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The Key To Sanity


The characteristic I like most about myself is I can always laugh, even in the middle of a disaster. I find this tendency is the key to my sanity, although some people might question my sanity when I laugh so hard that I almost fall off my chair. I  laugh at myself, my nine children and my husband. Perhaps I hide a sadistic streak. The times I have laughed the hardest … Continue reading The Key To Sanity

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Crocheted Playbook: Under The Sea


This playbook is not for a preschooler but a young child who is learning how to play games. One page is similar to a board game which I called Finding Nemo,   another Sea Turtle Tic Tac Toe, and a Clam Matching Game. There are other interactive pages featuring a three-dimensional whale, starfish, and mermaid . Although I changed details, especially the look of the mermaid, … Continue reading Crocheted Playbook: Under The Sea

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Laugh For Mother’s Day: Hilarious Opinions from Little People


A little taste of  eight-year-old reasoning.  A reality check to balance all those manipulative commercials and sentimental Mother’s Day cards that are flooding the marketplace. Warning. The following true comments  are not politically correct. So simply laugh and enjoy, no need to flog me with feminist remarks. The following are answers given by grade two school children to the following questions: What kind of a … Continue reading Laugh For Mother’s Day: Hilarious Opinions from Little People

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Dowdy, If Not For Daughters


My sense of fashion withered while raising nine kids on a hobby farm. I did not have time to do more than throw my hair up in a quick updo and pull on pantyhose in our big van on the way to Church. Then my daughters slowly embarked on an ongoing,  long-term fashion intervention project. Now after a few years of personal renovations, I must admit, … Continue reading Dowdy, If Not For Daughters