At What Age Should a Child Be Expected to Do Chores on Their Own?

At What Age Should a Child Be Expected to Do Chores on Their Own?






At what age should a child be expected to Do Chores On Their Own? Now to be honest, on some levels, I don’t really care. I mean, really? Who cares when a child picks up a broom and can sweep the floor, right? You do you and I will do me. However, if you find little understandings about child development helpful and you want to keep building your family in a positive way, then read on.

Hardened Cheese is Our Vocation

Hardened Cheese is Our Vocation






Over our last break, I opened the meat and cheese drawer and about choked. One of my eight kids had opened the provolone cheese, taken a piece, then just chucked the opened package back into the drawer. I picked up the package, which had transformed into one piece of yellow granite and whirled around, angry. I put the package under 20-year old Mitchell’s nose, home from college, and said, “Do not have kids. They ruin everything.” Now Mitch is actually in the…

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I Suck at Grace

I Suck at Grace






Grace. I want to learn you, grace. This weekend I facilitated a retreat for parents of 8th graders. One of the parents asked how he could help his child learn about service. He knew there was an easier way than hauling him to a soup kitchen. We discussed some options. I shared how our family gives to those in need. It was nice. I felt good about it.

ERIC IS GETTING MARRIED!

ERIC IS GETTING MARRIED!






Holy Hannah, life is spectacular. My oldest son, Eric Scott Doerneman, is marrying the most amazing woman, Jillian Claire Prather! I love, love, love Jillian. She is a perfect match for Eric. They met at Kansas State University; Eric graduated from the college two years ago with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jillian will graduate in May with a degree in Industrial Engineering. I know, I know, two engineers. How will that work, right? Well, neither one is your typical…

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Sugar, You are No Longer Invited to My Party

Sugar, You are No Longer Invited to My Party






Lord have mercy, I am on a food journey. Every single particle of my being does NOT want to share my journey with you. But. I know that I am not that weird. So, I will just take a deep breath and spill it. Like most people, I love food. I love to bake. I love the smell of rosemary bread in the oven. I love million dollar cookies, a sexy cousin of the plain chocolate chip cookie. I love…

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The Anti-Porn Movement: THE INVITATION

The Anti-Porn Movement: THE INVITATION






My name is Lori Doerneman. I am a wife of one and mother to eight. I just wrote a six-part series on “How to Get out of Porn.” Today I want to finish those thoughts with an INVITATION for YOU. First, you gotta know that when I started understanding that pornography was a problem for most red-blooded people, I got a little depressed. I wanted to be part of the solution but I realized that pornography, for most people, was…

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Get out of Porn, Part 6: Healing

Get out of Porn, Part 6: Healing






This post is intended for mature readers over the age of 14. Please and thank you. This series began as a follow-up to a talk my adult son, Eric, and I gave at K-State. We had forty-five minutes to talk about the plague of pornography. That was just enough time to sketch the problem. When I returned home, I wanted to give the students more. So this six-part series has been a way to continue that conversation. As I wrap…

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Get out of Porn, Part 5: Practical Matters

Get out of Porn, Part 5: Practical Matters






This post is for readers over the age of 14. Please and thank you. In the last two weeks I have discussed some strong points about pornography, specifically the physical and emotional aspects of addiction. If you are a high school or college-aged student, I hope you read those posts. If you are stuck in your habit of porn use and masturbation, I hope you clearly heard and understood that it is not your fault. We are in a war and…

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Get out of Porn, Part 4: Talk to Your Parents

Get out of Porn, Part 4: Talk to Your Parents






This post is intended for students in high school and college. This is not intended for children under the age of 14. Please and thank you. Last month my son, Eric, and I spoke to about 150 students at St. Isadore’s at Kansas State University. Our topic was on pornography. Eric shared his long struggle with it and how he was able to finally emerge out of the addiction. He now works to help others get out. I am super…

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Get Out of Porn, Part 3: Love vs Lust

Get Out of Porn, Part 3: Love vs Lust






I was talking to one of my favorite priests about the differences between love and lust. I asked him point blank, “So, a teenager is usually full of hormones and sometimes they get so hot they almost self-combust. What does choosing real love over lust get them?” He quietly replied, “The Cross.” I was silent for a second. Truthfully, I wanted a better answer. “What do you mean, they will get the cross?” “Lori, self-sacrifice is about learning how to love…

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