I sat on the hard linoleum floor at 2:30 a.m. rocking my 3 year-old while I waited for his nausea to pass. I had been up with him for a couple of hours already and exhaustion was beginning to set in. He settled down into my lap and eventually drifted off, no longer clutching his tummy. I finally tucked him back into his bed around 3 and prayed he would sleep the rest of the night. 

As I slipped back into my own bed to grab my first real sleep of the night, I knew my plans for the next day would be drastically different now. I drifted off to sleep, but was awoken again around 6:30 a.m. by another tummy ache, this time my 5 year-old. As my other children woke up one-by-one, they complained of a tummy ache and one-by-one succumbed to the virus. Any shred of a Plan I had left came to a screeching halt. I knew my day would now be filled with laundry and pandering to the needs of my sick children instead of the carpools and errands on my calendar. Dinner would likely have to be adjusted too, as their sensitive tummies probably wouldn't be up for what was on the schedule.

I am a planner by nature and it took me years of practice before I learned how to make a 180 switch like this with any grace.  

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Having a child steal can be both frustrating and embarrassing.

What should you do if you it becomes a recurring problem?

Join me today as I discuss this issue and possible solutions!

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Toddlers are some of my favorite people. I know many who struggle with this age range and I understand why. They are years plagued with tantrums, learning to communicate and a struggle to become independent.

Who wouldn't be a little difficult when trying to learn all that?

I haven't always enjoyed this age and stage. With my first two children, I found it just as frustrating and confusing as they did. What I gradually learned are some simple techniques that brought me closer and helped me connect with my toddlers. It may not become YOUR favorite stage, but here are a few things you can do to connect with your toddler.

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Does meal time stress you out? 

You aren't alone. This week, I am talking about how to make meal time a little more manageable.

Check out my tips and stories in this week's Podcast!

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Darkness. Overwhelming sadness. Incapacitating anxiety. 

Depression.

Whether it is Post-Partum Depression, or just regular ol' depression, it is a scary, frustrating and difficult thing to deal with. It can even be debilitating at times. 

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Sports. Lessons. Activities.

Keeping kids involved is tough, but when a kid is unhappy, is it ok to let them quit?

This week's podcast is all about quitting; when it's ok and when it is definitely NOT ok. 

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"Where are your shoes?"

"Don't forget your homework!"

"Did you get your lunch?"

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Strong-willed. Stubborn. Difficult.

These are all words that describe certain children and as parents, we can be overwhelmed when it comes to parenting one of these children.

Today I will discuss how these traits are actually positive and give you tips for parenting a strong-willed child. 

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"Mom, can I help you cook?"

"Sure!" I say, an answer that hasn't always come so easily to me. 

Cooking with my kids used to be an anxiety filled experience that usually ended with me kicking them all out of the kitchen in frustration. Why? Because they cooked like children. 

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What are the 4 P's? How can I use them? Do they even work?

These are just some of the FAQ's I am addressing in this week's podcast. You have to have all 4 P's because you can't just have a plan.

Listen in and I'll tell you why!

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We wander the store together, chatting about our week, taking our time to select a few items we need and a few that we don't. It's date night, but we have relegated ourselves to the hordes of couples wandering stores for lack of anything better to do.

We ran into other couples and we laugh and joke about our sad excuse for a "date night", even though we know how important it is to find some time alone together. 

The next week it is the same story, but at some point it dawns on us. We could do something more interesting. We could GO somewhere or DO something. It might even be fun. 

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There is a lot of planning that goes into a camping trip when you have children. It can be overwhelming when it comes to trying to figure out what to pack and making sure you don't forget something important.

Like the baby's binky.

After camping with children for the last 15 years, I have some life saving tips and tricks that will save you time and stress! 

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The outdoors can be a wonderful opportunity for family bonding.

Unless you have a child who really doesn't want to be outside. 

Then it can be frustrating. Should you abandon those activities or cater to the unwilling child? Join me as I discuss some possible solutions!

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Race stickers adorn the back of my van.  

I put them on my van for reasons most people don't know. One reason is that I have accomplished something in each of those races I never thought possible. I didn't start running until I was 30. Each sticker is a reminder that I can accomplish what I put my mind to.

Others often ask me: When do you have time to run? How do you fit it into your schedule?

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It is a never-ending battle. A clean home vs. happy kids.

Can you even have both?

In this week's Podcast, I share my secret to finding that elusive balance. 

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Your home has entered the stage of "self-destruct" and "bomb went off" status. There is stuff literally everywhere. Not an inch of space exists that is not covered in diapers, backpacks, toys and blankets. The kitchen looks as though the children have been in charge of cooking for at least a month.

You are tired and overwhelmed.

You have two choices. 1.) Go cry in your closet or 2.) Tackle the mess. The problem may be that you don't have time or energy to do the cleaning job that needs to be done, however if SOMETHING isn't done the house may be featured in next week's episode of Hoarders.

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Holidays with fireworks can be a lot of fun unless you have a little one who is fearful.

So what should you do? Should you skip it all together? Should you try to go anyway? 

In this week's podcast, I discuss all those questions and give some practical tips! 

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"You are going out AGAIN?!?" My son asked, flabergasted. "You, like, JUST went out!"

"Actually, that was two weeks ago and your father has been gone for a week, so I haven't seen him much since then."

He sighed a heavy sigh, obviously unhappy about our date night. I tried to explain to him why it was important, but mostly I hope he will date his future spouse because he saw his parents do it.

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Parenting is one of the biggest challenges married couples face. Agreeing on consequences, behavior and what is expected of the children can be kindling to the fire.

So what should you do when you disagree?

What if one parent dishes out a consequence the other parent doesn't agree on? Join me today as I give some real life solutions to this very real problem!

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I see you under that pile of laundry. Don't worry, you can stay lost for a little while, I won't tell the kids. 

What you really want to know is how to dig yourself out, right? 

You are in up to your elbows and there is no end in sight. I get it, I really do. I've dug through clean baskets in the morning trying to find something to wear, usually underwear, only to come up empty. But now, the laundry is usually done. Yes, I said done. Maybe only done for the day, but done. 

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