Teaching Kids to Look Past Outer Appearances

Written by: | January 19, 2016

The first week after starting fourth grade at the local public school, my daughter came home asking about a certain girl in particular. Instead of simply listening to my daughter talk or asking what she needed from me, I immediately launched into fix-it mode. Worried that she’d heard yet...
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Don’t Just Say it: Write It

Written by: | December 30, 2015

Presents unwrapped, meals enjoyed, miles traveled and memories made…this holiday season is almost one for the record books. But does that mean we should just move on and start looking ahead to the new year? Hardly. While the holidays are almost behind us, there is one way that we...
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10 Questions for Your Kids When They’re Bored

Written by: | December 28, 2015

With 9 kids, I have heard many versions of “Mom, I’m bored,” and, “I don’t have anything to do.”  I usually send them outside with orders to, “Run around and have FUN!”.  But the cold weather (or here in Texas it can also be the summer heat) can keep us...
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Managing Baby And Toddler Schedules

Written by: | November 20, 2015

    I recently went to a party of a friend who used an evite system (personally, I’m old-school and still send party invites through the mail).  As I was scrolling through the invitation, one RSVP caught my eye – someone said they couldn’t come to my friend’s party...
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Protective Or Overprotective Parenting?

Written by: | October 9, 2015

We are constantly second guessing ourselves as parents, aren’t we?  When it comes to protecting our children, we’d do anything to shield them from pain or discomfort. But what’s too much?  When is it time to pull back and let them learn from natural consequences or step in and...
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Back to School – Homeschool Style

Written by: | August 31, 2015

In case you’ve missed it, we are in back to school time! This time of year is rich with traditions and reliving our childhood memories.  Who doesn’t think of their own favorite lunchbox as they search the stores for the latest style for their child.  I know I have flashbacks of Holly...
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Thankful For The Messy Moments

Written by: | August 24, 2015

“Oh, your kids were so good. They didn’t fight at all. I can watch them anytime.” Have you ever heard words similar to that when picking your kids up from the sitter or after returning from a night out with the hubs? It sounds like a compliment. It is...
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How to Help Our Kids Win in Public School

Written by: | August 13, 2015

Our family is absolutely, without a doubt, 100% called to public school. Unless God speaks very clearly that we are supposed to do something else, I see my children in the public education system for the long haul. And despite the “sky is falling” mentality that has covered our nation...
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A Hunger to Read: Children’s Book Week 2015

Written by: | May 18, 2015

I remember lamenting to my son’s second grade teacher a few years ago about the book choices he was making at the library. It wasn’t that they were bad or inappropriate, but I felt like he wasn’t living up to his full reading potential. She looked back at me...
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Getting Kids Out of Their Comfort Zone

Written by: | May 6, 2015

The first time we took our boys to a climbing gym, they stood close to us and stared up in awe at the sheer height of the climbing walls in front of them. Adults and kids were hooked up to harnesses, climbing with all different skill levels, but all making their way...
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Making the Most of Easter at the Last Minute

Written by: | April 3, 2015

Today is Good Friday, so if you’re looking to create an especially fun and meaningful Easter with your family, you’d better get moving. Here are some easy ideas for making the most of Easter at the Last Minute 1. Turn off all the lights. There was a period of darkness when Jesus died,...
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