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I am working through a list of your great suggestions for Opinion Saturday questions and am featuring one question a week for the next few weeks.

Wondermom asks:

One thing I struggle with is doing an activity or schoolwork with one child without sticking one or both of my other two in front of the TV. My two year old is starting to be VERY unreliable with her naps, and she’d becoming more and more reluctant to be strapped into her high chair for an activity. My 7 year old really struggles with playing on his own/amusing himself, and my five year old usually wants to get involved in whatever I’m doing. I’d like to be able to say, make popsicles with my 5 year old (because he likes to cook), or do a reading lesson with him, or play a game with the boys while the toddler does something else. I hope this makes sense. It’s the one thing that makes me think maybe I really couldn’t handle a fourth.

You have until next Saturday to share your best tips for handling this situation. Come on, hit me with your best thought!

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I am working through a list of your great suggestions for Opinion Saturday questions and am featuring one question a week for the next few weeks.

This week’s question is from Midsummernight

Lately during the week I have been watching my nephew who is 9. I have found that I have a big problem of trying to find a balance between giving him responsibilities and him trying to take over parenting my kids (3 years and 19 months). How do you balance giving the big kids responsibility without them stepping over into the parenting role?

You have until next Saturday to share your best tips for handling this situation. Come on, hit me with your best thought!

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Since I have been up to my ears in preparations for our new children, I didn’t get around to announcing a winner for last week’s Opinion question. When I go back to look at all the entries again, I think I need to pick several different questions as winners. I’ve decided to feature one question a week for the next few weeks.

This week the winner is Mopsy at Lifenut. She asks:

How much should I step in when my 10-year-old daughter has problems with her friendships? Should I allow her to navigate those “mean girl” waters on a long leash, or should I insert myself into those situations every time? Why are girls so mean?

You have until next Saturday to share your best tips for handling this tricky situation. Come on, hit me with your best thought!

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Opinion Saturday

OK, guys, your turn. You get to ask the question this week. Is there some family-related question you’ve been puzzling over lately, and wishing for wisdom to handle? Share your question here. The person with the most thought-provoking question will win my Very Interesting Person Award on Tuesday morning. The winner’s question wil be featured here next Saturday for everyone to comment and give their opinion on.

So come on, hit me with your best question!

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I was thinking of the power that laughter has to bind our children’s hearts to us. So often if we can get a cranky kid to laugh, we’ll win him over.

I shared quite awhile ago how when my kids get to feeling sorry for themselves I’ll sometimes sing that old HeeHaw song “Gloom, Despair, and Agony On Me” with the most pitiful face I can muster. Busts ’em up every time.

So what do you do to cheer your kids up? What makes them smile when they’ve got the doldrums? Or what can you do that makes them outright belly-laugh?

You have till Monday evening to share how you use humor in your parenting. We could all use a few more ideas in that department, so hit me with your best thought!

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John and I have decided that it would be least stressful for everyone while we’re gone to Ethiopia if we take both the 2 and 5 year olds with us. I’m going to hash out the whole decision over on my Ethiopia blog on Sunday, if you’re interested. But for now, suffice it to say I need airplane ideas!

What cheap tiny things can I bring to occupy a 2 and 5 year old on a plane for 30 hours? We will be bringing my laptop with an extra battery and double headphones, so I should be able to get 2 or 3 movies out of it before it dies. But I need more!

You have until Monday evening to share some awesome ideas. I’ll award two winners on Tuesday morning, and I’m giving out my last two Netflix memberships (6 months, 3 movies out at a time, people!) So come on– hit me with your best traveling-with-preschoolers ideas!

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Ever have something happen in your life, big or small, that made you convinced you were seeing a miracle?

You have till Monday evening to tell me about something that happened that made you know there was Someone watching out for you. ONE person will win the Golden Keyboard award. A different random commenter will win a 6 month membership to Netflix (3 movies out at a time).

Tell me about a miracle in your life.

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Did you read about the man who flew all over the world with an active case of TB? If you missed the story, you can catch up here: A Tangle of Conflicting Accounts in TB Patient’s Odyssey.

What do you think about what he did? What would you do if you or a loved one were stuck in another country with a complicated illness? What if your wedding plans were being jeopardized? Were his actions justified? Why or why not?

You have until Monday evening to offer me your opinion. The person who does the best job explaining his or her point of view will win the Golden Keyboard award, and one other random commenter will win a 6 month Netflix membership. Hit me with your best thought!

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This weekend I’m again giving out two prizes. First is the illustrious (grin) Golden Keyboard Award, given to the person with the most thoughtful answer to this week’s question. A second person, chosen randomly from the commenters, will win a 6 month Netflix membership, which will allow you to have three movies out at a time. (details here).

(Side note: John and I just finished watching Constant Gardener, which is a movie set in Kenya. We almost never watch R-rated movies, but made an exception for this one because we’d heard it was so powerful and I so much appreciate views into Africa. all I can say is our time was not wasted. Wow.)

Today’s question: Tell me about the best moments of a recent trip you took with your family.

For us, it was our trip to the Oregon Coast over Spring Break. We visited the ocean and went to the aquarium and went out to eat various places. But the moments that stand out in my mind are the times we spent gathered around the table together as a family: eating salmon, playing games, and talking. Simple moments. Precious memories.

You have until Monday evening to share your best moments. The two prizes will be awarded Tuesday morning. Hit me with your best thought!

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