Carnival of Family Life – June 25 2007

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:25 pm

Thank you for the sixty wonderful submissions.  I’d had a little trouble thinking of interesting things to say lately and you’ve given me weeks of things to respond to. If your links not quite right let me know and I’ll fix it – I had a 30 second crash and lost posts in the middle. I blame all mistakes on it. (What are host services for anyway?)

 Adoptees, pets, fathers were all popular this week.  Pour the coffee and enjoy!


Did Kailani hit a popular topic this week! – Girlie Girl has her first crush. Reminiscing with the crowd is the best part – I still remember Jeff Crawford carrying my books home from Grace Park in third grade.

I don’t think Peter’s mother (Peter was the brother of a friend of mine) fully considered all the implications when she married Mr. Abbott and he adopted her children.* Chaos Theory brings you another instance of naming fun when she brought home presents.

*Would you have said your child’s new name 3 times quickly?

Girls growing up– where does the time go? Mud Puppy is from The Common Room.

A fun haircut story from Health and Fitness – Fact or Fiction . Much better than the stories in my family that start with the need for hair for a doll and end with younger siblings going to Jackie the Expensive (& Good) to repair the disaster.

Wired For Noise brings a chuckle in trying to figure out just what that mysterious request was really for.

After looking at my husband’s mowing job (Israelis understand desert – not lawns) and reading Diary of 1’s submission on goat milk, I wonder if my New Jersey town is zoned for goats. (Not likely since they outlaw clothes lines, but somebody might have overlooked an ordinance.)

Stone washed jeans have nothing on diapers as rags (think dry the crystal with the softest, possible cloth that has absolutely no lint) so I was very taken with this from Activist Mommy. Actually my first reaction was “Are diaper services dead?”

From Jenny, last week’s hostess, at The So Called Me – musings on the pet to get. (Although after the news report on one town’s approach to living green – maybe she should consider earthworms. – The town was encouraging workers to bring worms to work to process the food wastes from lunch – just hold the ranch dressing and bologna.)

Speaking of pets – Perfurr remembers getting her kitten from the RSPCA.

Life set to music from Live the Power.

A Saturday off in Skipping Work to be a Mom posted at Sandier Pastures.

Fathers Day

I am very honored to post this Father’s Day reflection – a reprint (and update) of Jack Yoest’s 1999 article on wars’ costs and purpose and obligations of fathers and sons. I would rank it on par with the NY Post’s letter to Virginia on the existence of Santa Claus. USS Bonefish Lost: A Remembrance 18 June posted at Reasoned Audacity. (And I’m not exactly on the same page politically.)

A quick reminder from INNside Innkeeping in Montana of all the times Dad is right plus a scrumptious-looking recipe for blueberry pancakes. It’s somewhere in the middle of their yogurt/fruit all-is-healthy mode and their sausages & cheese/calories-really-do-taste-good mode. As an added bonus you get to find out the best time to put in the fruit in the pancake batter. (I had always subscribed to the “whenever my son pours it in school” – but there’s good reason for the right order.)

I found the Father’s Day reflections involving Dads in the military fascinating. Sheppard at Salter Blog gives us his memories at his Father’s Day post. (My father and uncles served in the Royal Air Force so there were no discussions of WWII military service in my family.)

In Mad Kane’s world this may be a Father’s Day submission although June weddings might have brought Married to Money on. If you’re good with Limericks check out her contest too.

A tribute to a very special Dad from Cause of Our Joy.

A short & sweet account of the first Father’s Day the daughter of Super Saver at Wealth Builder’s participated in.


The Scratching Post‘s submission was hard to categorize but it was great fun and soooo needed if you have kids.

Another funny post – I relate to the desire to have such an effective tool when the kids lose their minds, although I sincerely hope Suzanne at Adventures in Daily Living removes the post before her son or his friends read it. (He sounds pretty young now.)

How can anything that gets kids gardening be bad? Lori at Fun Playdates plays with a new gadget.

Christine at Are We There Yet? starts an experiment in sign language with her young toddler.

Jedi Mind Tricks from Down With the Kids describes the machinations needed to get 4-year-olds to cooperate. It’s much easier with teenagers. Just say the opposite of whatever you truly want.

I’m not sure how Journey 2 Retirement could have skipped driving in her list of future worries, but she undertakes to scientifically analyze who is harder to raise – boys or girls.

Who knew my mother was so lucky that one of her 4 children was a girl? I don’t remember games like this from Do You Weary in Well Doing? (although I do remember becoming very lady-like as soon as my younger brothers became taller than me.)

Growing up is about labels. Well, not totally unless you’re a middle schooler. Would you have guessed adoptee could bring such satisfaction? From Forever Parents.

The continuing connection to the joy of the first day picking up the new family member at The Incredible Shrinking Ladies.

My Two Boys describes a day that is exhausting just to read about – but maybe her child is just truly fashion conscious and knows they’re out in new color combinations?

To Do

TOTALLY beyond my skill level (I’m great at stapling hems) but a really nice idea for infants in shopping carts from How To ME.

For the perfect high school graduation gift see Summer With Grandmother Wren.


Some advice from Mom Is Teaching that goes far beyond home schooling.

Just in time for summer vacations great advice for flying with kids from Building Blocks Blog.

A great outing from Stop The Ride but call ahead to make sure the season in your area hasn’t ended (it varies a bit every year).

An interesting idea for getting kids to help from Love Shak, Baby based on a CNN.com article.

Passing on an alert on how not to get scammed from Write From Karen.

I’m a soccer mom so I had my doubts about planning a Fall Trip now, but Family Travel‘s Thanksgiving in Paris sounds very tempting (one of several ideas).

Five practical tips for talking with teens from Amy, a licensed clinical social worker in NJ. I do feel the need for a disclaimer here – Amy’s advice to not convey disapproval through body language can be applied very easily in automobiles. Since teenagers really do love to talk if they don’t feel disapproval they might go way beyond your comfort level if they can’t see your winces – just keep in mind that you’re driving and an accident is not a good way to end a conversation.

Some priceless advice for handling unwanted advice from Baby Talkers.

Tips for Frugal Shopping from Finance Is Personal should help save money although I take issue with No. 5’s impact on the food store bottom line. A long-term health savings yes – cheaper – not lately in my experience.

The power of being honest with yourself from A Better You.

I subscribe to the old wives tale that picky eaters come from not being allowed to touch your food when first learning to eat, but if you’re past that stage, Total Mind and Body Fitness‘s guide to helping your picky eater consume better meals should help.

The strategies we resort to amuse our kids make me long for my childhood when my mother waved goodbye after breakfast, occasionally fed a gang of 10 that appeared for lunch and then said hello as we appeared to lay the table for dinner – after a hard day of mucking in the stream, riding bikes or playing elaborate war games. I’m a WAHM gives techniques for today’s world when 10 neighborhood children aren’t available. (Although I do wonder if she’ll look back in horror when her kids are older that she suggested video games to keep kids amused.)

Teaching toddlers shapes is a snap with these suggestions from Little Mummy.

I put off looking at 7 Easy Ideas for Great Family Videos posted at High-Tech Parent because I thought it was self-explanatory (it is) and we’re a bit camera-crazy so what would I learn? Wrong. For instance, it never occurred to me to tape the annual lesson from my mother-in-law on how to make jelly donuts. (She says it took 10 years for her to learn and we’re right on track for 15 – maybe this will help.)


I know I’m a geek but this gem from Musings From a Catholic Bookstore just cried out for substituting my teenage daughters sleep patterns (16 hours if I don’t wake her up) to see if I could make the chaos in my house go negative.

News from Hawkhill Acres has my favorite quote of the week in it (the section about ADHD/ Half-mad/Solutions) in the midst of reflections on a typical car-cleaning day.

Kevin at More4Kids uses a very interesting analogy to help analyze and improve home life.

A Mama’s Rant makes the excellent point that the internet is a great tool for protecting your kids with a very personal example. (Don’t forget to check the internet for the names of your children’s friends – their naitivety in setting privacy settings may rope your child into unpleasant situations.)

Eric at Husbandhood gives Bathroom Etiquette Tips to Impress as tips for a husband or boyfriend but I really think they’re best for kids – 4 year olds can be taught to be responsible for checking the toilet paper supply as long as you keep your main cache in an accessible place – think of the leg up they’ll have in the marital race.

Matt at The Pet Haven doesn’t realize he’s really training for his role when children come into his life in Canine Neighbors.

As a youngster I thought my neighbor was rather strange for wearing a yellow poncho and hat to feed her toddler. As Mommn’ It Up so ably illustrates, she just knew what was coming.

From Everybody Needs Therapy the need for balance unless you’re attached.

Carol presents A Baby Named Maude posted at Can’t Holder Tongue.

Linda at Life Without School mulls the wisdom of sticking to principles, childhood friends and raising kids.

A brief rant on the perils of perception for stay-at-home moms from Home With the Kids. Spend some time checking out her Work at Home scams – it’s amazing how many ways people are conned out of money.

Looking to answer your questions, Jordan posts  Let’s Change the World! at MamaBlogga.

The unfairness of viruses and how to cope from Mac and Cheese Chronicles.

A hope for the future from Principled Discovery.

Dawn at Randomness speculates on the origin of kid-friendly food.

The discovery that he had gay relatives caused Michael at The Common Virtue to reevaluate his position on gay marriage.

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) Adventure is collecting reasons people have been counseled to get a repeat Cesarean.

Don’t forget to submit your post for nest week’s carnival hosted by Little Mummy.


  1. Kailani said,

    06.24.07 at 4:48 pm

    This is the perfect example of how a carnival should be done. Thank you for all your commentary on the submissions. You did a wonderful job!

    Let me know if you’d like to host again 😉

  2. Leisa said,

    06.24.07 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for hosting – the headings are fantastic, they make it very easy to read 🙂

  3. Emily said,

    06.24.07 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks for hosting the carnival! I enjoyed your commentary on the various posts.

  4. Jenny said,

    06.24.07 at 5:51 pm

    LOL earth worms? ewww haha

  5. An Island Life  Random Things & More Contests said,

    06.24.07 at 6:14 pm

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  6. Christine said,

    06.24.07 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks Kailani. It was a real pleasure. I’ll have to check my soccer mom schedule. (Can you believe hosts are scheduled through August already?)

    Thanks too to Emmily & Leisa – I love breaking such a big carnival into headings but I really needed a three-sided coin for deciding on which category something might fit in. (Stories, kids, other)

    Jenny – ewww was my reaction too. Much as I love earthworms in my garden I can’t imagine them doing their thing in my office.

  7. Karen Lynch said,

    06.24.07 at 6:42 pm

    Looks like a great carnival! Good job! I’m looking forward to reading many of the posts! Thanks for including me!

  8. Live The Power » Blessed-A Song That Makes My Heart Sing said,

    06.24.07 at 6:46 pm

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  9. Kevin said,

    06.24.07 at 7:27 pm

    This is an awesome carnival. I can’t believe how large the Carnival of Family life has grown. Thankyou Christine for the great job you did in hosting the Carnival! Truely amazing.

  10. Jennifer in OR said,

    06.24.07 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for hosting – this all looks great, and I’ll sit and sip some hot tea and read away…as soon as the kids are in bed. Have a great week! 🙂

  11. Mandy said,

    06.24.07 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for hosting and thanks for linking my post!

  12. HowToMe said,

    06.24.07 at 8:33 pm

    Great Carnival! I’ve had a nice time browsing and am happy to participate. Thank you.

  13. kwrenb said,

    06.24.07 at 8:49 pm

    This was my first carnival and you’ve made it so easy to navigate and enjoy.
    There are so many wonderful entries, I think I’ll need two cups of coffee (at least) for this.
    Thank you!

  14. Super Saver said,

    06.24.07 at 11:10 pm


    Thanks for hosting an excellent carnival. It was great to have previews of each submitted post.

  15. Miss D said,

    06.25.07 at 1:33 am

    What a great carnival! Thanks for setting it up so beautifully – there’s weeks of happy reading here!

  16. Grace said,

    06.25.07 at 2:42 am

    Great hosting job! Thanks for including me here.

  17. Erica said,

    06.25.07 at 5:07 am

    Thank you for this carnival, I’m a little nervous about hosting next week 🙂

  18. Emma said,

    06.25.07 at 5:13 am

    Wow, what a massive wealth of reading material, and what an amazing job of precis-ing all of them. Thanks for hosting! Emma

  19. STephanie said,

    06.25.07 at 7:12 am

    Thanks for the great job! What a huge week!

  20. Csara said,

    06.25.07 at 7:23 am

    Wow – you did a fantastic job hosting!! Thanks so much for categorizing everything so nicely and for including me. I look forward to reading these posts!

  21. TheBabyBug.com said,

    06.25.07 at 7:25 am

    Everyday Disasters » Carnival of Family Life – June 25 2007…

    A wonderful collaboration of 60 posts from 60 different blogs all having to do with parenting, kids, etc. From funny to helpful, this is a great list of posts….

  22. K T Cat said,

    06.25.07 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for hosting a great carnival! I threw you a link as well.

  23. Matt said,

    06.25.07 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for the link. I plan on reading a lot these posts, so thanks for sharing and making it easy on me.

  24. Patricia said,

    06.25.07 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for hosting and including my post. You did a great job on the carnival!

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  28. Husbandhood said,

    06.25.07 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for all the work. You actually read some of these. As for my post, if you know a four year old with that much body and facial hair (Tips 3 & 6) let me know. It will make for a great post.

    Good work!

  29. Christine said,

    06.26.07 at 2:15 am

    Christine, you know, you have a very nice name….

    Thank you for your email, and thank you for being a fantastic hostess. I hope you do plan on hostessing again.Great job.

  30. Christine said,

    06.26.07 at 5:15 am

    Husbandhood – I read every one. As far as problematic hair – do you have any idea how much hair a little girl with hair to her waist generates? Not to mention teenage girls when they discover the use of razors? (& everyone should rinse the sink every time they use it – particularly after indulging in the joys of spraying green paint with a toothbrush, stamp collecting, or making clay (what was wrong with the hose? I’ll never know.)

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    06.28.07 at 9:13 am

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