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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 [...]

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 [...]

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" [...]

Productively Occupying 3-Year-Old Boys

By | July 25th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Toys and Activities|

Boys vs. girls Keeping him safe without following him around. Scheduling our 3-year-old's time on a typical day. Toy/activity ideas to occupy his time. Three resources for activity ideas. Do you have a 3-year-old boy (or know someone who does) who seems to have testosterone exploding from his darling little body con-stant-ly? *smile* Does he bounce [...]

Productively Occupying Young Children

By | July 17th, 2015|Large Family - Small House, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Toys and Activities|

In our homeschool we strive to not just occupy non-school-age children, but to include them; to not chase them away, but to draw them in.  Children need to know they are a valuable part of our family, and not just to be tolerated until they’re older. “Moomyyy, Tyler is standing on the kitchen table and [...]

Large Family Camping (2014) – It’s Very Do-Able!

By | June 22nd, 2015|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Toys and Activities|

Basic tent camping - large family style Our packing list & meal planning Unpacking and laundry strategies Camping season is here once again! *cheer!* And we're all over it with our large group! Have you desired to camp with young children, or with a larger group but just haven't quite taken the plunge yet? *chuckle* [...]

Family Audio books – With an On-Going List of Recommendations!

By | June 15th, 2015|Family Fun, Toys and Activities|

Are you setting out this summer on any adventures that involve long car rides or air plane travel? Have no fear for occupying children's time! And for great listening together as a family, laughing together, learning together - enjoying listening to a book together.  In our opinion this is such an excellent occupation of travel time, [...]

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