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Fun Games for Young Children and Families

By | January 28th, 2017|Character Training For Children, Family Fun, Toys and Activities|

It is so good for families to play games together! They can bring so much laughter, and also important character development such as delayed gratification, patience, perseverance, good sportsmanship, being a kind and respectful friend, and fairness. *wink* But it can be harder to find games that the whole family enjoys, especially if you have [...]

Christmas Uncluttered

By | December 30th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

Decorating- uncluttered Simple delights Simplifying celebration plans Making a list, checking it twice Keeping the calendar uncluttered The Christmas story   We have been slipping out of summer here in Washington and in to the clean, crisp air of the fall season.  *smile*  I love our four seasons here in the United States, and I [...]

Gifts In a Jar! – Sweet Homemade Happiness

By | December 1st, 2016|Family Fun, Favorite Recipes|

Sweet recipes of desserts or hot drinks in varying sizes of jars (depending on the recipe), and with a decorative lid and label to fit the occasion. I love to celebrate Christ's birth by giving gifts especially at Christmas time!  And our older daughters love to give gifts as well, but we also need to [...]

Christmas (or Birthday) Shopping Plan!

By | December 1st, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Toys and Activities|

Do you look forward to Christmas and birthday shopping but have been increasingly confused or overwhelmed with the whole process - especially if you're doing it large-family style?  Wondering how you can shop for just the right items for each person while not overspending the budget, purchase items the kids need but balance that with [...]

Scheduling Weekends: what to do

By | August 18th, 2016|Family Fun, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

I've had many questions about whether or not I schedule weekends.  The answer to this is yes, and no.  *smile*. I'll share with you what our plan was like with mostly very young children since that is the season most of our readers are in; but these principles apply beautifully also to older children as [...]

Family Practical How-To’s: Professional Photos, Meals, Errands, & Bathing Kids

By | July 9th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Mom Tips, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

We personally love to network with other large families for ideas that enable us to be more organized or more time efficient.  It’s encouraging, and it helps give vision for what large families can be like.  If some people are reading our blog only because they’re curious about what large families are like, then by [...]

Scheduling: What To Do With Summer?

By | April 20th, 2016|Family Fun, Schedules and Routines|

Routine...with sunshine? Rain, rain, go away... Fill the children's time - or take a break and wing it? How long should summer be? Hot-hot needs water play! Summer begins in June here in Washington and most parents are probably thinking ahead to it with eager anticipation. *smile* It's tempting and common for parents to approach [...]

Making Sweatshirt Capes!

By | April 8th, 2016|Family Fun, Toys and Activities|

Summer is nearly here and our boys love to fly around outside playing the hero! Strong, victorious and mighty!  *smile*  Here's how I facilitate this for them. *smile* I saw this idea for making capes on a boy at a local park near our house and thought it was brilliant!  I purchased used sweatshirts and [...]

Incentives & Rewards for Children’s Behavior, Part 1 of 2

By | March 22nd, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Toys and Activities|

I strive to bring as much delight as I can into all of the children's character and behavior training.  So I look for the little things to praise for and try to jump at those with affirmation. Mini sticker charts Scratch-n-Sniff stickers Honey on their tongue "Ice cubes" Jelly Bellies Competing with themselves "Smackeroo kiss" [...]

Fun Hair for Girls: How to Get Spirals with Rag Curlers

By | June 26th, 2015|Family Fun, How Do We Do That|

Directions for the process, with photos and tips End result photos How to do them on one's self  Here in the United States it will be time again to celebrate the birth of our country on the 4th of July, with fireworks, food, fellowship, and crazy streamers and hats, beads, the wearing of red, white, [...]

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