Should Childcare Providers Be the Experts in Everything?

With more and more states requiring childcare providers to fill roles they were never trained to fill, providers are struggling to provide a well-rounded set of child development services. As providers most of us never went to college for a degree in ...more

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three ...more

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took pregnancies tests. I got my hopes up. And for 16 long months I was disappointed. My heart was broken. Of ...more

How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently -- leading to many of those ...more

If You See My Teen Doing Any of These Things -- Tell Me!

These days of parenting are different, aren't they? We're on a hair-raising new frontier of child-raising that grows more technologically complicated and confounding with every new iteration of "iDevice," social media platform, and social sharing ...more

5 Things I Wish I Could Do When My Toddler Starts Screaming

Impulse control. Four-year-olds don’t have a lot of it. Thankfully, 40-year-olds do (or at least we should). ...more
Thanks for sharing your experience and insights Mandy. My babies are still young to do that kind ...more

When Should My Daughter Start Wearing a Bra?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I am in uncharted territory here and hoping you can help. My 10-year-old daughter is developing breast buds, and I was recently informed by a family member that she should start wearing a bra. What? First of all, a bra would do nothing in terms of support, and I don't want to start making her self conscience when she doesn't even have real breasts yet. Or am I missing the boat on this? ...more
I learned I should be wearing a bra when a guy in my class went to snap my bra strap and there ...more

When Did Valentine’s Day Become a Kid Thing?

I sat in front of my computer, with my son standing to my right. We scrolled through Pinterest looking for Valentine’s Day printables. It was a few days before February 14, and word had gone out from the teachers at his school that valentine cards could be shared this week. His little sister danced around behind us, waiting her turn at the Pinterest wheel of DIY. And I was about to lose my mind. ...more
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Printable Valentines

If you’re looking for some unique Valentine’s Day cards that not everyone else is going to have, Family Fun has some great printable options that you can use with some store bought items! All printables...more

Callum {2 months}

Weight: 11lbs, 6oz Length: 24 inches Likes: Sleeping on his tummy, being held or worn, diaper changes and eating Dislikes: Being put down, his car seat, pent up gas Callum is turning out to be quite the long, skinny guy. He is in the 89th percentile for height and the 26th for weight, so definitely long and skinny. But, his doctor isn't worried because he is gaining weight ....more

Caroline's 4th Birthday Party || The Inspiration

In a little more than a month, my sweet Caroline will turn four... cue the waterworks!...more

Letters to Lincoln, month 20

Linky Lou-Hiya bud! You're fully-versed in the terrible twos already! WEEEEE!!! ...more

This week... {Three Things Thursday}

New year. New me. New you ....more

Fashion || Pink and White

Happy Wednesday! I'm currently in Ohio freezing my butt off....more

Ice Skating! Worthy of Exclamation Points!

Last Saturday, the Crislers went ice skating as part of an extended-family birthday celebration.Derek had been ice skating before, but the other four of us- including me- had never been.The kids were excited to try it, if a little nervous. ...more

Turning Our Dining Room Into a Shared Office Space

Do you ever hesitate to make a big change, and then when it's done, you think "why in the world did I not do that sooner?" That could be the alternate title of this post....more

What Do Your Kids Wear to School?

Sam dressed himself for school yesterday, and he wore this t-shirt, with these pants, and these shoes. Individually, I’m good with all of those items of clothing; but, together? It was not my favorite thing ....more

Perfect Christian Girl Instagram–It’s a Tad Sarcastic

Want to know how to have a perfect Christian girl Instagram account? My daughter Katie has some advice for you! She put this video up on Facebook last week and so far it’s been viewed, at last count, 410,000 times ....more