Naps & Play-Alone Times

By | June 18th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Schedules and Routines|

Our sleep principles  Older children who need less sleep A young child who needs unusually little sleep 2 or 3-year-old's who "quit" napping Enabling naps, not forcing them Napping alone Napping twins Sleeping in on Saturdays My "play-alone time" strategy When I gave birth to our third baby our two oldest girls were ages 3 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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