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This is the biggest fish in the whole world!

Fish tales. This is how I currently live my life. Every day is filled with them.
Do your kids only ever speak in superlatives?  Every day, all day, I learn of the best, biggest, fastest, prettiest, worst...things in the whole wide world.  Perhaps it's because these things are being viewed by tiny eyes or perhaps it's because, to my kids, everything is extreme.  Whatever the reason, my kids only speak in "fish tales."

Share your fish stories in the comments below.

Kids and technology

I'm all for teaching my children about technology and it's pros and cons. I believe they need to learn this at a young age. After all, three years ago when my daughter first entered preschool, I was told it was the last year they were going to be learning mouse (as in computer mouses, mice...however you pluralize this word) skills. My 2-1/2-year-old was learning a skill I didn't learn until late high school or college - and it was now becoming extinct!  Technology is ever-changing and our children will learn it either from me or someone else...I definitely prefer they learn it from me.
But, in teaching my  children about technology, I've learned of a downside that isn't as bad as social media bullying or strengthening kid lock programs to keep young minds away from online pornography and other graphic websites. It also isn't nearly as destructive as my toddler taking apart my toaster just to "see what's inside."  To me, this downside is simply a …

Housekeeping tip of the day

Keep spare, full-size towels in every bathroom. You never know when your child will make Niagara Falls out of the sink or toilet.
Oh, and PB&J's aren't flushable. If I get 10,000 people to view this post, I'll share the picture proof of this fact!

Showing my children God's love in spite of myself

One of the greatest things that I think I can teach my children is how to show other people God's love.  This can be done through so many things: helping them when they need help, smiling at them, giving hugs, talking to them, and generally being a nice person.

However, just as with teaching any other concept to small children, it's not so easy.  My children mimic what they see around them and - let's face it - that's not always God's love.  Even I (gasp) don't always show my children God's love.  I get frustrated, impatient, and even angry when my children do something they aren't supposed to.  Then, the phrases that come out of my mouth tend to come out of my children's mouths when they get frustrated, impatient and angry...phrases such as, "Seriously!" "What were you thinking?" "STOP!" and "No! That's unacceptable." 

It's not necessarily that these are bad phrases in and of themselves.  In fact, the…