Ask Annah: How Do You Inspire Your Children to Do Their Chores?

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“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady Like yours, our family always had something happening. School and school functions to meet those academic, social, and physical facet needs. Recreational sports and leisure activities to nurture those physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs. …

Family, Food, Founding Fathers, and a Housekeeper

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Washington’s Quarters, Valley Forge Winter Encampment   If you’ve been around these here parts very long, you know how…well…disheveledmy office is. I am six months behind on my paperwork, and neither my floors nor my furniture have been tended to in weeks. On our last road trip, I was among a few who were drooling over another couple’s glowing testimonial …

Feast or Famine

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Anyone who is self-employed or works for a seasonal company—heck, works, period—knows the pressures of The Busy Season. That sentence makes me laugh because it reminds me of a job interview I once had. Dressed in heels and my finest skirt ensemble, I walked into the petroleum office door to find the jeans-and-t-shirt-clad secretary counting an obscene amount of cash. …

The Gift of Receiving

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I find great joy in giving. And following my recent surgery, I acknowledged how great it felt when friends delivered food to my back door. But there was more to that story. An uncomfortable more that made me stop and access my behavior. The third bearer of gifts sat down at the table and chatted with me as I scarffed down …

Teaching Our Children to Fish

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I’ve always called a spade a spade.A vagina a vagina. And a penis a penis. This morning I stumbled across a mother’s forum where a woman asks for pet names to call her children’s privates. She states that she always felt awkward when her mom used the word vagina, and she didn’t want to put her daughter through that discomfort. Oh, …