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I realized that tomorrow is the last day of school for my kids this morning.And I thought, whoa....perhaps it's time to get my act together for fun summer planning!This time, I don't mean the camps and family vacations. I'm talking about the small things that make summer stand out in a child's (a...
05/24/2022
I admit it. I'm weird about routines.There's good reason though. I know that without a good system, I don't follow through.(Then I mentally beat myself up and it becomes a vicious cycle. You know what I mean?)That's why I created a routine system for my kids.⭐ Because I was tired of feeling like ...
05/17/2022
About a year ago, my father-in-law passed away from cancer. For his final months, we helped as much as we could - spending much of our time and energy on caregiving and travel.We knew it would be difficult, but what we didn't expect was the effect it would have on our kids.At first, they did real...
05/10/2022
The other day, my 10 year old son got in trouble - so I told him "no friends today."Two hours later, he runs upstairs (while I'm in the middle of something) and tells me that the neighbor kid came inside.He's waiting for my "no, we already talked about this. You're in trouble."Except it doesn't c...
05/06/2022
As adults we know how important reading is, and how instrumental it is for our kids' futures. While they may not have to read novels or textbooks later in life, cultivating the ability to learn and soak up knowledge is a key skill. One that I believe trumps many other skills. There's just one pro...
04/26/2022
These days, families are spending a measly 4 hours together a week - with over half of parents wishing they had more family time. (studyfinds.org)On top of this, many are struggling to make that time meaningful despite the constant allure of devices.So, what can you do about this? Incorporate the...
04/22/2022
When my older kids were younger, we went on (what was supposed to be) an ordinary grocery trip as a family.It was like any other outing with small kids - where you juggle watching your children with getting what you need as fast as humanly possible.Unfortunately, as we were shopping, our daughter...
04/12/2022
Connecting with our kids is a LOT harder than it used to be.The average adult spends a ton of time on their devices. We know that.But now, so do our kids.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment ea...
04/05/2022
when kids help around the house, you no longer feel your life is spent cleaning up after them.So, it's a huge WIN-WIN!And it sounds rosy. But today, we're addressing a few common problems that arise with kids chores.Problem #1. Low ExpectationsSometimes we don't expect enough from kids because we...
03/29/2022
Holidays help us slow down and remember what's important - time with family and those we love.Often, for Easter we make space for this connection that's so hard to find at other times of the year.So, after church and the egg hunts are done, try one of these fun games. They'll all have you laughin...
03/22/2022
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