Feeding Kids: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff {Guest Post by Jenny Ramsey}

Today’s post is from Jenny Ramsey. She was last here talking about breastfeeding, & she’s back again to share her thoughts on feeding kids. 

In fact, her family’s diet, aside from our mutual love of rice & beans is probably quite different from my own family’s. But despite this difference, I wanted her to share her perspective on what it’s like to feed a small army every day (she has 6 kids).

As a busy, loving & attentive mother who also happens to be an expert at not taking herself too seriously, I think we can all learn a thing or two from her. Namely, I hope her words (I especially love points #2 & #3) will get you to cut yourself some slack & focus more on the principles of good parenting, rather than getting caught up in the unimportant minutia that can so often happen around...

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Weight loss Update: Beyond Size & Scale

As ya’ll know, I took the summer off from posting, then have taken my time getting back to the rhythm of things. But I suppose it’s time for another update.

If you haven’t followed my weight loss journey (you can do so, here), here’s the gist of it:

I gained lots & lots of fat weight with my fifth pregnancy.

After I had the baby, I weighed in at 204 lbs. (I’m 5’9″). I also had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy (which I have no doubts contributed greatly to the excess weight), which puts me at higher risk of developing diabetes later in life.

SO, the short story is, I had about 60 or so pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, which is one of the many preventative measures I can take to keep myself healthy & diabetes free.

As of the end of May,...

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The 5 things your kid *actually* needs

“Mom,” (little puppy dog face with tears in his eyes)

Uh-oh, I thought, this isn’t starting well, I hope he’s not getting bullied or something.

“All the kids at school have video games

Whew, I thought this was something actually serious.

My response, I’m afraid, wasn’t very sympathetic. I paused for a moment, then blurted out,


Hyrum started to smile too, then said,

“MOM–I’m serious!”

“I’m serious too. I think it’s funny you think you need video games. You will have the rest of your life to sit on duff (I actually said duff), but you only have a few short years to really be a kid–to run around, to read books for fun, to play games with your brothers & sisters. My job as your mom is to provide you with things you need to be healthy & strong–like...

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