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Mommy and the Joyful Three

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Erin James is the author of a mom blog on She is a mother of three whose passion is helping other moms and dads with positive parenting.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bust the Easter Bunny

Easter should be one of my favorite holidays. The significance of it is what my life revolves around. My faith is strong and my heart is full of joy when it comes to being a child of God, so why do I feel so much dread when it comes to celebrating Easter? Jesus came back from the dead, paying the debt for our sins. Yet, all I see this time of year are bunnies and dizzying amounts of pastel-colored toys and candy.

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is Social Media Robbing You of Family Time?

Do you ever feel like your mind is running faster than your life? An online article caught my eye recently about how children react to their parents being distracted by cell phones and other technological devices. It focused on the fact that children vie for their parents’ attention.

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:39 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Four Lessons Kids Need to Learn

As a mom, I am constantly wondering what attributes I should be instilling into my children. As a Christian mom, I am wonder if I am keeping my parenting in line with God’s Word. The other day, I purposed in my heart to make a list of the things I wish to show my children the most and ways I can improve on becoming a better role model. Here is what I came up with...

posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:17 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let God into Your Relationship

This past Valentine’s Day had me rethinking a lot about how we give and receive love. Often we search for that complete love, which is unattainable unless you truly know God’s unconditional acceptance. Divorced couples used to be the minority when I was younger. It was almost taboo to have divorced parents. Now it seems as if it is rare to have a whole family, unaffected by a failed relationship.

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:28 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Obstacle Course Parenting: Navigating the Stress

Some days seem like obstacle courses to us parents. Just when it seems all is well your four year old gets a fever or your six year old jumps off the couch and bites through her lip. arenting is never without some sort of scary or stressful surprise. Sometimes it can feel as if you are in some sort of TV reality show competition, waiting for the next big challenge.

posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:36 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Disconnecting from Social Media Stress

Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Pinterest. These social media sites can broaden your horizons, be a tool for businesses and help maintain long-distance relationships amongst family and friends. However, when these websites start to cause stress, it may be time to shut it down.

posted @ Tuesday, January 07, 2014 11:03 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Santa Cost

Materialism and charity are a strange mix during the holidays. We expect gifts during this time of year. At the same time, we are celebrating the best gift we have ever received, our Savior. I know many families who put themselves in severe debt to put more presents under the tree for their children. Ringing up credit cards and borrowing to ensure the best Christmas. I’ve even been guilty of this. What are we truly giving our children by going into debt? Worse yet, what are we showing them about

posted @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 3:38 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Value of Every Gift

Every morning should be as exciting as Christmas morning for us as Christians. The fact that we wake up every day to the gifts that our Lord has for us should start our day off with joy and anticipation. There really should be no bad days. God is in control. And when we follow Him, even the bad can be turned into good.

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:39 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Family Harmony During the Holidays

Relatives… can’t live them, can’t live without them. Most of us have at least one or two we don’t particularly get along with or understand. It’s not to say we do not love them; of course we do. The holidays remind us of how we must balance this. Sometimes it can be hard to have harmony during the holidays when there’s an uncle who’s always angry, in-laws who criticize your cooking, overly competitive siblings or an opinionated aunt.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:00 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Sanity in Sickness

Who doesn’t love this time of year? Delicious food, crafts, family and thankfulness abound. And it seems this time of year brings an abundance of sickness. Like clockwork, the colder weather and beautiful season changes deliver an array of random viruses to our home every year. My mom would tell you that when I was young, it was always me who was feverish and miserable during the holidays. It seems my children have inherited this aptitude for catching nearly all of the colds that are so freely p

posted @ Tuesday, November 05, 2013 5:02 PM | Feedback (1)