My kids are at home for the summer! I love having them around; they are truly some of my favorite people in the world. But after a few days of more snacking, granola bar wrappers laying under the trampoline and tons for dishes, I knew we need to have a bit more structure so that I didn't go crazy. I decided that at eight and nearly … [Read more...] about Independent Children – How to Not Go Crazy in the Summer
My son is struggling and we are finding a solution. As parents, we know that there are seasons in raising children. Sometimes it's easier than others. Your child is hitting developmental benchmarks, they are healthy and making friends. They listen to your rules most of the time and are eating and sleeping pretty well. Life is … [Read more...] about My Son is Struggling
Each family has their own way of handling chores. Some families use chore charts with incentives or allowance as a reward for good work. Other families require chores as being part of the family. Other families choose to not require their children's help with household tasks. Our family does a mix of all of these systems. We have … [Read more...] about Chores and Why They’re Important
Our school sends home this supply list at the end of the school year, so you can prepare for the upcoming year in advanced. Then they send another copy in the mail a few weeks before school begins. This year we have a second-grader and third-grader! We also have a little friend that needed school supplies. So we got … [Read more...] about Back to School Shopping!
I am blessed to have a comfortable home with modern conveniences. I have a washer and dryer for my clothing; I can't imagine how much work it must have been to gather firewood to heat water, and to wash everything by hand. It must have taken so much energy to keep a household running! Our kitchen has a dishwasher as well. Not all of … [Read more...] about Surprising Happiness
I know, I know, I know. It's super late to be adding this post, summer's almost over and we're gearing up for back to school. But I love to hear how other parents schedule and manage their time and I thought I'd let you know about our summer schedule for 2016. Jacob and Reed have just finished second and first grades. They are very … [Read more...] about Summer Schedule 2016