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Striving to Bless with “Yes!”

By | February 15th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Parenting|

A valuable principle I've learned along the way is to strive to bless children by telling them "Yes!" as much as possible.  The answer to pretty much every question can be Yes, if we take a moment to think about how to word it.  Really, most all of what children ask of us are things they [...]

Living Life on Purpose – “Isn’t It Exhausting?”

By | February 2nd, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Sometimes doing life On Purpose can seem like it might be harder than just winging it, or letting things go and dealing with things as they arise instead of being proactive about it.  *smile*  I received a question the other day which I think is a common one, "Do you ever get exhausted doing everything with [...]

A Public School Stay-at-Home Mom – Time Management, On Purpose

By | January 12th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

In fall 2016 my world was turned upside down. *chuckle* At least it felt that way. It has been my first year as a public school mom after 13 years of homeschooling. Talk about a life change, ho-ly-cow. *laugh* Over the course of the past 18 months I have had a number of circumstances converge [...]

Large Family Matters: Parenting Young Children While Successfully Managing Your Home

By | June 4th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family Matters, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

 Here is the question I will be answering this time: "I was wondering if you had any insight to those hard years when you have a lot of littles [only] but still need to teach the foundational subjects.  I'm looking for practical helps.  I'm really struggling right now.  My children are 11 mo., 3 yrs, [...]

Potty Training Children… In Less Than a Day?

By | May 20th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Parenting, Time Efficiency|

When our oldest daughter was 2-years-old I asked a dear friend how in the world one goes about potty training a child?!  She put a book in to my hands called, Toilet Training In Less Than A Day by Dr. Nathan H. Azrin.  I thought, Praise the Lord and hallelujah!  *laugh!*  Effective, successful, time efficient, [...]

Professional Parenting, Part 2 of 2

By | May 6th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

One of those comments that we get fairly often is, "Wow, you guys are professional parents."  And my answer is No, and Yes!  I am not professional parents in the sense that those people mean, that I have it all together and I've "arrived" as a parent and "have it all down".  Not at all.  [...]

“Raising Real Men” – A book review

By | May 6th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Parenting|

The title of this book grabbed my attention instantly when I found Hal & Melanie Young's web site, RaisingRealMen.com.  It was exactly what I have been seeking wisdom on- how to raise real men - and in the process survive our 4 boys, teach them, and appreciate them. And from what I hear from our friends, family, and our blog readers, this could be [...]

Family Bible Time & Hymn Singing

By | May 6th, 2016|Character Training For Children, How Do We Do That, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

Our simple time in the Word together Family worship In the beginning The scent still lingers from our delicious dinner.  The adults and older children have their hands around hot coffee or cocoa mugs.  The house is quiet, and the lights are dimmed.  Our fireplace DVD is crackling warmly in the background *chuckle*.  Everyone is [...]

Family Participation: Chores for Kids

By | April 28th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings|

What does God's Word say about teaching children to help? Do chores have to be a chore? Surrender and blessing What kinds of jobs can kids do at what ages? - A LIST OF IDEAS Letting it go...and trying to leave it there When in the day do we have kids do their jobs? How long [...]

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" [...]

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