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Empowering Girls: Happy

The greatest gift a parent can give a child, Tracee, is the ability to become independently happy. And the greatest gift a child can give a parent is exercising that ability. An email affirmation/meditation from Tut.com I'd settle for that…

Empowering Girls: Costuming

Mom, can we wear our matching Chinese outfits to the Chinese Restaurant? Yes. On a very basic and fundamental level childhood should be F-U-N.

Empowering Girls: Clean Your Room!

EIGHT hours later we emerged with a giant garbage bag full of trash - kindergarten papers, church papers, artwork, broken toys, mucked up play makeup, pieces of jewelry, rocks and sea shells. We also had a giant bag of clothes - clothes she's…

I H-E-A-R-T My Family

My family really shines on Mother's Day. Especially my husband, who always puts a lot of effort into getting the children involved in doing something creative for me. I woke to pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, an 8X11 photo of…
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Empowering Girls: I Would Pick You

If I were picking daughters off the shelf I would pick you Ainsley. If I were picking Mommies of the shelf I would pick you Mommy. (Idea taken from Growing a Girl: Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter)

Empowering Girls: Mommy/Daughter Day

Do you know what "Give us this day our daily bread" means?, Daddy asked Ainsley as they were saying night-time prayers. That God gives us what we need, like food and stuff? Right. What do you need Ainsley? More attention from Mommy. That's…

Empowering Girls: Ainsley's A Perfect Student

The other day I was volunteering at Ainsley's school for the book fair. The music teacher came out of his classroom just to speak to me. "Ainsley is such a leader. She always listens and follows directions. She remembers the words to songs…
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Empowering Girls: School Picture Irony

by Tracee Sioux Mom! Look at this picture, it's hideous! What's the onomatopoeia for cackling at irony? I responded with that. Stop laughing! I'm sorry. I had no idea it was picture day. I wouldn't have made you wear it, if I'd known. Heeheeeh…
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Clingy Kiddos

Forgive me for taking a day or two from blogging. I'll resume when my parents go home and my children stop clinging to me (tomorrow or Monday). They did wonderful while I was away. But evidently, they missed me. Please don't unsubscribe…

Caroline's Name

by Tracee SiouxI always thought I'd have four children growing up. But, then I had one and realized how incredibly hard it was and changed my ideal to two. When I had Ainsley I thought I'd save my sir name Sioux for the second girl. For some…

Our Father Tract

When I first got married my in-laws came to visit us in New York. By the end of the trip I had to ask my mother-in-law, Peggy, to please hand the religious tracts to the waitress with the tip so we could still get refills. I'm all for religious…

Bad Word

by Tracee Sioux Mommy, Kinsey called me a bad word! Oh no. What did she call you? Tracee! So this is what bad mother Karma feels like. I so wish I had been nicer to my mother. Where once my main goal in life was to not become my mother,…