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“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 [...]

Siblings Sharing Bedrooms – “You have *how* many per room?!”

By | April 24th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Large Family Matters, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings|

Why is sharing bedrooms valuable? Setting up the bedrooms What about all their stuff? Going to sleep Nap times Ages of children and how that plays in  Do we have boys and girls together in rooms? Who should clean the room? Handling sickness Different personalities?   The topic of siblings sharing bedrooms in our house [...]

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 [...]

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

By | May 8th, 2015|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting|

I've been asked many times for specific strategies for incentives and rewards with the children, so in Part 1 I presented to you 9 ideas which we implement in our home. In this Part 2 I would like to share with you our Points and Rewards System to be implemented when we leave the children with a babysitter.  *smile* I strive to [...]

Computer Learning For Kids – How We Utilize It

By | March 29th, 2013|How Do We Do That, Toys and Activities|

What learning programs are they using? Do they do online learning? Which kids use the computers? Where to find computer learning programs?  When and how long to do they "play"?  Computer as a tool or a toy? We have found that computer learning can be incredibly valuable for our children, when carefully monitored, and with [...]

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