Parent Well


The Gift of a Granola Bar

Monday mornings are a big deal around our house. Reason for all the excitement? Trash day. My kids not only love trash day because of the huge trucks that give them a honk and a wave but they have formed a sweet bond with the hardworking men who pick up our trash. See for yourself…


Character is Caught, Not Taught

As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching my dad get his newspapers out of those huge, metal dispensers. I loved putting the quarters in for him and the immediate ability to pull a previously-locked door open. One particular Sunday morning we were in front of the Casey’s gas station in our small …Read More

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A Third Kid is Like…

“So, how is life with three kids?” is a common question I’ve been getting these days. It’s such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in the realm of parenting, one’s experience is entirely dependent on the existing family dynamics. So much of …Read More

This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of “One Year of Dinner Table Devotions”

Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors are two things that you and I can start doing when our kids are young. The #1 factor is parents who model a genuine …Read More


Dig In

My kids’ room was a mess. They had been playing hard and managed to undo any type of organization I had attempted to create in the past 4 years. While I was thankful for the extended conflict-free play time, I wasn’t thankful for the unearthing of every toy that existed in our home. Being way …Read More

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One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

After having three babies, I’ve managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was a cesarian. My next two came into the world VBAC style (Tyler’s story & Clayton’s story). The truth is, there really isn’t a …Read More

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‘Tis the Season…to Not Keep Up with Life

I like a clean home. Not a spotless clean but a tidy clean. My home is far from perfect or clutter-free but I always felt like I had somewhat of a handle on things. I’m just a person who is usually on top of things. However, since my third child was born, I feel like I’m …Read More

These 8 Hy-Vee hacks for parents make for the best shopping trip ever.

8 Hy-Vee Hacks Every Parent Should Know

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Many years ago when I started having children, I quickly realized that grocery shopping with small people in tow can be a nightmare. I knew I had to hit a small window of opportunity to get in and get out without major meltdowns. That’s honestly why I started shopping at Hy-Vee. I …Read More

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Something I Didn’t Expect to Happen After My Third Child Was Born

As we’ve welcomed each of my three kids into our family, each one has taught us new things about ourselves, parenting and raising children. With each child has come unexpected delights, challenges and emotions. Our third, Clayton, has proven to be no different. I kind of thought that by the third kid, we’d know what …Read More


10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

Yesterday I shared a bit of our parenting struggles as of late (read: entitlement!) and wrote a review of the outstanding parenting book called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. While immersed in the book, I began implementing several of her ideas and writing down some of my own to try in our …Read More

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He’s HERE! Clayton’s Birth Story

He’s here! He’s here! If you follow any of my social media, you have known that for a few days now that baby Clayton was born on March, 23 at 7:01 pm. He was born three weeks early but is my biggest baby of the three coming in at 7lbs and 11oz. We are all …Read More

On Being a Stay At Home Mom

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 1): The Job With No Accolades

Nine years ago when my first child was born, my husband and I decided that I would not work full-time anymore and would instead stay home (most of the time) with our children during their preschool years. I am now looking at the end of my “tour of duty” being at home with my three children. My youngest …Read More

15 meaningful Easter books that will help you and your family focus on the meaning of the holiday

15 Meaningful Easter Books

Easter is such a happy holiday. Bunnies. Egg hunts. Special Easter Sunday dresses (and an excuse to put little boys in vests or ties). Easter brunch with the family. Fun candies. Spring time. It really is one of my favorite holidays. Like most holidays, the original meaning can easily get lost in the celebrating and traditions. I’m pretty …Read More


Bed-Resting (Part 2)

So, here we are. On bed rest. (If you want the backstory to how I got here, hop over to yesterday’s post.) If I’m being completely honest with myself, the idea of being on bed rest for the last few weeks of pregnancy didn’t sound all that bad. Kicking back, watching movies, reading books, taking …Read More

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Bed-Resting (Part 1)

Hey Friends. Polly here. Because I can get a little chatty when I write personal posts like these, I’ve decided to break this up into two different posts: 1) The backstory to how I ended up on bed rest and 2) Some initial observations and things I’m learning from sitting on my butt all day. Ready, …Read More