Author Archive | Valerie Earnest

When Your Child Says, "I Hate You!"

When Your Child Says, “I Hate You!”

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, consider yourself lucky. It’s not a matter of “if” it will happen, but rather a matter of “when.” Sooner or later, your child is going to say “I hate you.” It might happen when you put your foot down and deny your preschooler the treat at the grocery […]

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Fall Bucket List and free printable

Fall Bucket List [Free Printable]

Fall is absolutely my favorite season. Though I grew up in the Midwest, I lived in Phoenix for 16 years before moving here last year.  There is no such thing as “fall” in Phoenix.  When everyone else was cooling down and enjoying crisp mornings, us Phoenicians sweltered in 100-degree temperatures well into November.  No falling, […]

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To My Daughter who thinks she's stupid

To My Daughter Who Thinks She’s Stupid

To my smart, talented, hard-working daughter: It happened again. You couldn’t do something you wanted to do, and so you stormed off, yelling “I’m so stupid!”   I get it. You’re a negative thinker. We’ve figured that out over the years. You expect perfection from yourself. You automatically think people are laughing at you because you […]

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Survive Summer with these tips for managing the fighting and boredom!

School’s Out! Summer Survival Tips For Moms

I say this every year, but man, this school year just flew by!  School is just about out for summer, and while I’m excited to have my kids home, the fighting and moans of “I’m bored!” just about kill me every year.  So, I thought I’d put together some Summer Survival Tips for you (and […]

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The Laundry Will Never Be Done And Other Truths

The Laundry Will Never Be Done and Other Truths

We had some friends come over for dinner recently. That means I spent all afternoon cleaning the kitchen, sweeping and mopping the floors, dusting, straightening up, and vacuuming our living room.  The counters were clear and clean, the sink was empty and sparkling, and the floors were cleaner than they’d been in a long, long […]

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Morther Son Date Ideas in Cedar Rapids

One on One: Mom and Son Dates in Cedar Rapids

My son hates going to stores. Just one mention of the word “errands” and he turns into a stomping, muttering, angry-faced dragon of a boy. I should mention that he’s nine years old. Still, somewhere along the way, I discovered a little secret. This boy doesn’t mind going to stores at all if he goes […]

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