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My Son’s Fear of Water

My Son’s Fear of Water

Sometimes there are quirky things that happen when you have kids. One of the most troubling and puzzling quirks my son had was an aversion to water. He hated swimming, would not scamper through the sprinklers and hated bath time… I mean really hated it.  I know— you assume he must have had a traumatic incident as [...]

Potty Training Perils with Four Kids

Potty Training Perils with Four Kids

As a mother of four grown children, each born within two years of the one before, I have often been asked how on earth I did it. I know all the phases and stages, all the differences from one child to the next, budgeting, school, etc. It wasn’t easy and I will be the first to [...]

Breastfeeding in the 1970s and 1980s

Breastfeeding in the 1970s and 1980s

I had my first baby in 1978 in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was what you would call a “hippie” back then and I was able to have my baby “naturally.” And when it came to feeding her, there was no question I was going to breastfeed. I wouldn’t have it any other way. [...]

Chicken & Stuffing Casserole

Chicken & Stuffing Casserole

This recipe was a go-to casserole for my family and one of the recipes I mentioned in my post about feeding a large family on a budget. I usually had the ingredients on hand and the whole family loved it and scarfed it down with no leftovers. It’s always a good recipe when you are [...]

Feeding a Large Family on a Budget

Feeding a Large Family on a Budget

What is it like to feed a large family on a very tight budget? Here are some of my strategies. First, let me give you a bit of my background. I am the mama to four grown children, all born within two years of each other. I was a stay-at-home-mama in the late seventies and [...]

Mother’s Day Letter to My Daughter, Alex

Mother’s Day Letter to My Daughter, Alex

Alex, I love the fact that I have such a great relationship with all of my adult children. Each one of you has a unique personality and a different way of viewing life. And you all seem to enjoy hanging out with your dear old mama and papa. I feel it is important to remember [...]