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The Obligatory Christmas Post

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(My computer died last week. So there are no pictures for this post and I'll probably be MIA for a while as I figure out whether to focus on getting my computer running again or on begging DH for a new computer and then getting THAT one going. Luckily, I didn't lose any data.)

I love Christmas. Every year on Christmas I find myself feeling sorry for families and couples who don't have young children around to enjoy it with. The magic, wonder and excitement of watching it through young eyes makes all the hard parts of having a large family worth it.

A few memorable moments:
* We had a full week off of school before Christmas and while it was great to have everyone home, it's always easier to entertain eight kids after Christmas, when they have their new toys and games to occupy them. We set a "no media" rule except for two hours of quiet time in the afternoons and then after dinner in the evenings and while a couple of my kids claimed boredom, most found plenty …

Cry . . . and then Laugh (Friday Favorites)

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My Favorite Five-Year-Old (Wordless Wednesday)

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Effective Discipline Principles and Practices, Part One

This morning, our mother's group had a discussion on "Creative Discipline: Getting Kids to Mind without Losing Your Mind." I loved discussing this topic with other bright, creative, and loving moms and I realized as I did so that I have learned a lot more about this subject over the years than I'd realized.

Since I have a tendency to try to bite off more than I can chew, I thought I'd share what I've learned in small pieces and focus on just one or two parenting principles at a time, starting with this one:

Parenting Principle #1: There's a difference between principles and practices (and why you shouldn't be a technique snob).

In disciplining, I think it's important to distinguish between discipline principles and disciplinepractices. A principle is a truth or a standard (children need to understand that their choices have consequences), while a practice is a way of applying the principle (time-outs, logical consequences, etc.). Too many pare…

Christmas Gifts (Friday Favorites)

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I love how generous people are with their time and talents this season. Here are a few of the gifts I've found:

Shawna Edwards wrote this beautiful song for the season:
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And My Church has created beautiful Bible stories free for your use. See all of them here (and more to come).

This one would be wonderful to share with your family this Christmas:

Five Years Ago (Wordless Wednesday)

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This is what our cute family looked like. We'd survived selling a house, building one, living in a hotel for six weeks,bringing a newborn "home" to that hotel, moving into a new home, and half a year with two-year-old twins. Lillian was 7, Joey was 6, Michael was 4, Allison and Sarah were 2, and Eliza was six weeks old.

See? Our family's always been crazy!