10 Reasons I Am Thankful For My High Need Child {Why Wednesday}

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"She's so alert!" people would say to me as they admired my bright-eyed, red-headed bundle of joy. As a new mom, I didn't know any differently. "Don't all babies stay awake this long?" I thought. "Aren't most babies attached to their moms and refuse to go to anyone else?" Apparently not. The more I observed my daughter, I began to realize I had been blessed with a child that has a high need personality. This is not a disorder or something "wrong" with my daughter. God created her just the way she is supposed to be. It is simply a way to describe children that require a lot of interaction Continue Reading

Why 11 Is My Favorite Number (and Other Random Facts About Me)

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So, you may be wondering why I'm sharing random facts about myself today. Earlier this month, Jules nominated my blog for the Leibster Award. I was quite surprised and honored that she thought of me. (Thanks Jules!) One of the rules is that I must share eleven facts about myself. So, here they are...   11 Random Facts About Jenni I believe that socks have a right foot and left foot. They feel funny if they are on the "wrong" foot. I seriously can't understand why most people disagree with me on this. ;-) My pinkies stopped growing before the rest of my fingers and don't Continue Reading

Why I (Almost) Threw Away My Parenting Books

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Today I'm getting  a bit personal. I wanted to pour my heart out... I am an avid reader and have been since childhood. Naturally, I started devouring parenting books as soon as I found out I was pregnant. The bookstore was the first place I headed as soon as I left the doctor's office with a positive pregnancy result. (I also locked my keys in the car, but that's another story!) After having my daughter I continued to glean as much information I could from book, blogs. and advice from others. While I found helpful information in most of these, I also began to doubt in our parenting Continue Reading

5 Good Reasons to Read to Babies {Why Wednesday}

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Most parents know that it is good to read to their children. However, many parents fail to actually do it. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 53% of children between the ages of three and five are read to daily by a family member. As an avid bookworm and writer, I find this to be a sad fact. Spending just 10-15 minutes a day reading to your child can make a huge difference. Here's how... Why Reading Aloud to Children Is Important Children that have parents read to them are more likely to succeed in school. Hearing books read out loud helps babies Continue Reading

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Procrastinate Washing Dishes {Why Wednesday}

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Some days it very tempting to avoid washing dishes until absolutely necessary. Don't you agree? With our often hectic schedules, taking the time to stop and wash the ever-growing pile of platters sounds very unappealing. However, I have found that procrastinating on this chore is not worth it. Why You Should Wash Dirty Dishes Right Away 1. The task is easier. If you wait until later to deal with the mess, you will have a pile of dirty dishes with food hardened on them. Who wants to deal with that? If you con't have time to wash them all immediately, at least rinse them off well to Continue Reading

Why a Kindle Is Worth the Money

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If you are anything like me, you probably have a difficult time spending money. I had been wanting to purchase a Kindle for quite a while, but couldn't bring myself to do it. Would I use it often enough? Would it be worth the money? My dear husband decided to buy me a Kindle Touch for Mother's Day. And I'm so glad he did! There are several reasons I like my Kindle and believe that it is worth the money. Why Buy a Kindle? You can download free books. Need I say more? I have been able to get several great books without spending a penny. You can find classics like Pride and Continue Reading