Five important questions to ask yourself if you're thinking about starting a family

Five important questions to ask yourself if you're thinking about starting a family

I have found that a common topic of conversation among women that are interested in having children is: when is it the right time to start a family? The short answer is that it will be different for everyone. Here are five questions that, when answered, may help you make a decision that's right for you.

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Things your friends with three children don’t tell you

Things your friends with three children don’t tell you

When I was pregnant with my third child, I often wondered what it was going to be like with our new family addition. I was so much more relaxed in my third pregnancy than with my first two and wasn’t really worried so much about actually caring for the baby because I had already gone through it - and can confidently say that I had learned a few good tips but from time to time.

Instead, I often wondered how the new baby would impact our day-to-day lives. How would he change the family dynamics? Would he change the existing relationship between my other two children? Would we need to get a bigger house or make the younger two children share a room? (Yes, this did really cross my mind from time to time.) Or would we really have less time for other things or commitments, or even each other?

Then I had my third child and realized all the things that my friends and family who already had three children didn’t tell me (…or maybe they did). Some of the things that I’ve learned so far....

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Books that inspire gratitude

Books that inspire gratitude

Regardless of who we are or where we come from, I think the majority of parents have similar aspirations for their children - to be happy, healthy, well adjusted members of society.

With children, good character building needs to be modeled and taught.  While not a simple task, the journey does not have to be a boring and tedious one, especially with the help of picture books!

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