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Mothering tips to share

May 15, 2013
By Pat Jensen , Marshall Independent

There is no magic formula for raising children. The tips shared below came from a magazine published in 1981; they still hold true today.

Open communication is very important. Get the family together to share the day's happenings with one another.

Avoid criticism and praise the kids more - this helps build their self-esteem.

Listening is better than preaching; encouraging is better than scolding; suggesting is better than demanding.

Provide your children with a sense of security and independence. They will know you care for them and also that you trust them.

Need a good sense of humor.

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. Be sure your kids know they are loved but don't neglect to discipline them when necessary.

Respect your children's independence as they grow older.

You can encourage children to do their own thing, but you should stress the importance of also working together, playing together and sharing happiness together.

Raise your children in an atmosphere of giving and they will grow up to be generous adults.

Children need strong role models. Set high standards for yourself and live up to them. Your children will do the same.

Stress the value of perseverance - need to work hard to achieve whatever they want.

It doesn't hurt to keep the cookie jar filled.

A family favorite


2-1/2 cups flour

1 cup shortening (Crisco)

1 tsp. salt

1 egg yolk (reserve egg white)

Enough milk to make 2/3 cup with egg yolk

2 handfuls of coarsely crushed corn flakes

8-10 apples, peeled and sliced

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon


1 T. water

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine flour, shortening, salt, egg yolk and milk. Mix as you would pie crust. Roll half of dough to fill a jelly roll pan. Sprinkle bottom crust with corn flake crumbs. Place apple slices over crust and flakes. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Roll out remaining dough and place on top; pinch edges. Beat reserved egg white until stiff. Brush over crust. Bake at 400, 1 hour. While warm, frost with the icing made with the water, powdered sugar and vanilla.

A delicious combination of flavors


1 cup quick oatmeal

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1 cup flour

1/2 cup margarine (chilled)

5 cups sliced rhubarb

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

2 T. cornstarch

red food coloring (3-4 drops)

1 tsp. almond flavoring (do not omit)

1 can cherry pie filling

Combine oatmeal, brown sugar, salt, flour and margarine to form a crumb-like mixture. ( I like to cut the stick of margarine into slices before adding ). Spread half of mixture in greased 9x13 baking dish.

Combine in saucepan: water, sugar and cornstarch. Boil until thick. Stir in food coloring, almond flavoring and pie filling. Spread rhubarb over crust, then add the filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350, 45 min.

Hint: Cut up rhubarb before preparing the cornstarch mixture.

This salad belongs at a barbecue


4 cups shell macaroni, cooked

3 ribs celery, diced

8 radishes, cut in small pieces

2 slices green bell pepper, diced

1/2 carrot, shredded

1/3 cup diced onion


1/2 cup Miracle Whip

1 cup Sandwich Spread

Season to taste with: salt, celery salt, seasoned pepper, onion powder

Mix well and chill before serving.

Variation: Add diced ham.

A money-saving idea


There's no need to purchase expensive fabric softener sheets. Cut small strips (approx. 2x5 in.) from an old terry wash cloth or towel; may want to use a pinking shears to prevent fraying. The next step is to fill a spray bottle with your favorite liquid fabric softener. To use, spray a cloth strip with three or four light squirts and toss it into the dryer along with your load of wet clothes, and they'll come out smelling fresh and soft as ever. BONUS: The fabric softener will last a lot longer!!

Note: I used a recycled spray bottle from a hair care product. Be sure to label. After a few uses, wash the cloth strip or replace with a fresh one. (I keep a stack of cloth strips on my clothes dryer)

Quotation by Edgar Allan Poe:

The angels, whispering to one another, Can find, among their burning terms of love, None so devotional as that of "mother."



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