Helping mothers and babies through the Child Survival Program in Ethiopia (phase 2)

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Did you see the announcement Tsh made last week  on Simple Mom? SLM is once again partnering with Compassion to sponsor a Child Survival Program in Ethiopia and we’re raising funds for phase two.

Friends, there are many reasons that I love being a writer and the opportunity to participate in things like this is one of them. I was SO proud to be a part of the fund raising for phase one of our CSP and it was a neat experience as we worked together to provide the funds to make it possible.

For those who might not remember or who are new readers, a Child Survival Program, or CSP, needs $25,000 per year to operate.  You can head to the Pure Charity page for this project to learn more.

As group of blogs Simple Living Media draws over one million unique visitors monthly.  Just think: what if everyone who visited our sites gave a dollar? Just think of what that could mean for these mamas and their babies!

I mean, it sounds really wonderful, right?

Keep reading and I’ll share with you how you can help …

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6 strategies for dealing with your parenting critics: handling criticism graciously, but firmly.


If you admit to the world that you’re not the Mother of the Year, folks will step forward agreeing with you, most in a spirit of camaraderie, one parent in the trenches to another.

But a few will come out of the woodwork just to tell you how you’re mucking up the job.  I’m okay with this because I know it is a side effect of blogging and putting my parenting on public display.

But what about if you aren’t putting your parenting on display?  What if you are just going about your normal day, living your life, raising your kids, and suddenly out of nowhere you find yourself being attacked.

If you are a parent, chances are a few of your choices have drawn some criticism.

I’ve developed a fairly thick skin for this, and most of the time I can laugh it off, because I know I’m not perfect and I know that it is okay that I’m not.  But it seems to me that lately my social circle is abuzz with “mommy bashing” and comparison, as if those “mother of the year” awards actually exist.

Everyone has a passionate opinion on how children should be raised.  I’m not convinced that is a totally bad thing, either.  I’ve appreciated having my thinking challenged at times, either because it cemented my own views or because it caused me to open my mind to another idea.

However, there are those who take it a step further and openly criticize or attack the parenting choices of others. 

  • Fact #1: We aren’t going to be able to please everyone.
  • Fact #2: There are those who want to make sure we know that!

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A Simple Snowflake for Sandy Hook

The following is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.

There is something magical in a new snowfall, particularly for a child.  Everything blanketed in white. The world looks new and clean, even a little sparkly.  The usual noise seems hushed.  It’s exciting and peaceful all at once.

The magic, the new beginning, the peace, that is what the Connecticut PTSA is trying to give to the survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  The children and faculty who lived through the horror will be relocated to another school building as they return from the holidays.  No one wants these children to walk into a school with stark and barren walls.  In preparation for this, the Connecticut PTSA has organized Snowflakes for Sandy Hook.
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I had a post to share with you today, but today isn’t the day. Like you, the events in Sandy Hook have left me heartbroken. No words, no gifts, no acts of service will ever take away the pain, but we want those affected—the parents like us in particular—to know we’re praying for you.

To honor the memory of so many who needlessly lost their lives on Friday, we are choosing to be quiet today. We’ll be back tomorrow.

We’d love it if today you visited Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool. She lives in Newtown.

Thank you for stopping by today, and we hope you’ll join us in remembering and praying.

Because even small change can add up to a big difference!

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Did you see the big Simple Living Media news this week on Simple Mom? SLM is partnering with Compassion to sponsor a Child Survival Program in Ethiopia.

Friends, there are many reasons that I love writing for SLM and things like this are one of them.  My heart has been flip-flopping ever since I found out about this opportunity.  Pure Charity provided funds for me to facilitate this post and I”m really excited to share with you what that allowed me to do as far as giving to our CSP.

This Child Survival Program, or CSP, needs $25,000 per year to operate. As a blog network, SLM draws over one million unique visitors monthly. As Tsh said, just think:  what if everyone who visited our sites gave a dollar?  Just think of what that could mean for these mamas and their babies!

Here”s the thing, friends:  you can help us raise the funds to help this CSP by doing something that I would bet you are going to do anyway this holiday season.

Keep reading and I”ll share with you how …

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