Author Archive | Valerie Earnest

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Parenting Older Kids: A Different Kind of Hard

Parenting little ones is hard. They don’t sleep. They cry. A lot. You have to feed them. Then, you have to teach them how to feed themselves. There’s potty training, separation anxiety, sleep struggles, play dates, preschool, and when exactly do they move up to a booster seat? I couldn’t wait until my kids could […]

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Schedule a Super Summer 2

Schedule a Super Summer

I have a love-hate relationship with summer.   I love having my kids home, but I hate when they fight so much. Lazy days at the pool or on vacation are awesome, but I hate being hot and sweaty, and fending off all the bugs. I love the freedom of summer days, but I hate […]

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I Stopped Giving My Kids an Allowance

I Stopped Giving My Kids an Allowance

When I was growing up, my parents gave us an allowance equal to our age. If you were ten, you got $10 a month. When you were 12, you got $12 a month. This continued until we were old enough to work. I thought this was a great system, so when my kids entered elementary […]

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Don't Lose You Reclaiming Your Individuality in Motherhood

Don’t Lose YOU: Reclaiming Individuality in Motherhood

Everyone gives you advice leading up to your wedding day. “Don’t go to bed angry.” “Make time for date night.” “There’s plenty of time to have kids.”  One of the pieces of advice that stuck out to me came from my mother. She said, “Be yourself – don’t lose your identity. Don’t lose Valerie!” Almost […]

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Is Your Family Prepared for a Crisis?

Is Your Family Prepared for a Crisis?

2017 was a rough year for many people across the nation.  We saw flooding, earthquakes, and hurricanes leave many without power and the basic necessities of life. Though we in Cedar Rapids are much more likely to experience a blizzard or rising flood waters than an earthquake, there are many circumstances in life where being […]

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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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