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4 Simple Steps to Teach Our Children Calmly and Effectively - Abby Sasscer

4 Simple Steps to Teach Our Children Calmly and Effectively

One of the most common of my many New Year's resolutions is to become a more patient mother and teacher. Every year, it seems that I start strong but my efforts slowly fizzle out by the last week of January. My greatest challenge is to able to teach my children how to behave in ways that are pleasing to the Lord without becoming impatient and frustrated myself.

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Spring Cleaning the Girls’ Room!

Spring Cleaning the Girls’ Room!

by Abby Sasscer | When Baby Girl felt she was ready to move in her sister’s room, our challenge was to make them feel like they had their own “special space”. This took a bit of creativity since the space we were working with was so limited. When Baby Girl is a bit older, we will eventually move a bunk bed in here to make their special space a bit more permanent.

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The #1 Secret to Being Patient and Strong with Your Children

The #1 Secret to Being Patient and Strong with Your Children

by Abby Sasscer | The specialist I worked with constantly emphasized the need to remain neutral, in other words, to show no emotion at all whenever a child makes unreasonable demands. As parents, however, it is extremely difficult to always remain neutral. I can be neutral with other people’s children but not my own.

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Our Cottage Spring Cleaning Adventure: Part 1

Our Cottage Spring Cleaning Adventure: Part 1

by Abby Sasscer | Spring is definitely in the air and what better time to declutter and organize our domestic church than during this beautiful season of Lent. Despite the on-again, off-again winter weather we’ve been experiencing here in Virginia, the Great Purge of 2014 is well underway in our little home in the hills.

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Yearning For Heaven: The 8th Principle of the Simple Life

Yearning For Heaven: The 8th Principle of the Simple Life

As soon as my baby girl turned seven months old, I started feeling ill. And it wasn't the typical "I'm coming down with a cold" kind of ill. I was having a very difficult time breathing. As a busy mom, I dismissed it as the usual effects of sleep deprivation. I went to the hospital just to be sure, but they sent me home after all the test results came out normal.

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7 Steps to Greater Gratitude

Instilling A Spirit of Gratitude: The 6th Principle of The Simple Life

Several years ago, I received a phone call from a dear friend who invited me to take a free shopping spree at Costco Wholesale Club. The offer was so tempting since anything and everything I would purchase that day would all be paid for. I was so floored by such a generous offer that I felt like one of those eager contestants who had just won the grand prize in “Supermarket Sweep.”

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Poverty Awareness: The 4th Principle of The Simple Life

Poverty Awareness: The 4th Principle of The Simple Life

When I was four years old and living in the Philippines, there was an elderly man who would come around our street once or twice a month to beg for food. He was ill and had a difficult time speaking. Nobody in the neighborhood seemed to know his name. Every time he came, my Lolo, or grandfather, greeted him with a hearty "Hello My Friend!" From then on, all of us children called him "My Friend".

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Moderate Consumption: The 3rd Principle of The Simple Life

Moderate Consumption: The 3rd Principle of The Simple Life

When I was in fourth grade, I brazenly asked my father to buy me a pair of penny loafers. You see, the penny loafer fad had not fully caught on around my school yet, but I wanted to be among the first to own one. After waiting an eternity for his reply, he answered “Abby, we cannot give you everything… but we will deprive you of nothing.” I didn’t quite understand what my father meant. I figured it was just a nice way of saying “no.”

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