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What is your favorite holiday family tradition and how did you start it?

Amy Marshall

As a child, Christmas Eve was always special to me. That was the day we got together with our extended family to exchange gifts and celebrate. On this night we would eat special foods that were only for Christmas: red velvet cake, oyster stew, sugar cookies, fudge, and many other goodies. Then I married a soldier. I have not spent Christmas with my family in 13 years. Some years I have felt a deep longing for those tasty traditions and familial comforts. I have incorperated many into our own celebrations. My husband's family has food traditions of their own and we have enjoyed melding them. I always make his mother's ginger cookies and my grandmother's red velvet cake. For me, these are the tastes and smells of the holidays. One year, while we were living overseas, my cousin sent me a package for Christmas. I opened it to find homemade chocolate-covered peanut butter balls like our grandmother made when we were children. The moment I inhaled the sweet scent I began to cry. I was shocked by the power of the memories those candies invoked! I hope that my children will have similar memories of the holidays. I want the smell of ginger cookies to flood them with feelings of love and happiness!
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What is your best tip for not losing your temper with children?

Amy Marshall

What really helps me is to realize what they are capable of at a given age or situation. When I give them a little room to wiggle (literally!) they are less cranky and I am less frustrated. I often become most upset when my expectations are unreachable.
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What are your three favorite picture books for children? (please specify the age range)

Amy Marshall

Only 3!!! 1. I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg, for ages 5+ Especially great for boys! 2. Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler, ages 4+ 3. Any books by Jan Brett Bonus: I also love books by David Wiesner
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What's your kids' favorite backyard game?

Amy Marshall

When my boys were younger they liked to play with toy swords. The problem was that they would whack each other and get hurt. We had a large cedar tree at the time. I told them to pretend it was a dragon nd fight the dragon istead of each other. Worked like a charm! They are much older now but I still catch them pacticing their "fencing skills" on our trees and bushes!
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You know you're a mom when... (please fill in the blank!) and link to a picture if it's relevant.

Amy Marshall

You know you're a mom when folding laundry while watching your favorite show/ movie is your "me time" for the week!
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