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 [...]

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, [...]

Interview: “Staying Well-Rested with Nine Children” – with Malia Jacobson of The Well Rested Family

By | March 18th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Interviews w/ Erika, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

I was interviewed by Malia Jacobson, the author of The Well Rested Family , entitled, "Staying Well-Rested with Nine Children". We thought you might enjoy learning little more about how to accomplish great sleep with a family of any size! *smile* ********** Malia writes:   "Whenever I meet the mom of a really big family—especially if [...]

PODCAST: “Large Families on Purpose – with Erika Shupe”, by Kirsten Tyrrel of “The Marvelous Moms Club”

By | February 2nd, 2016|How Do We Do That, Interviews w/ Erika, Videos & Podcasts w/ Erika|

I was blessed recently when Kirsten Tyrell asked to interview me as part of her Marvelous Moms Club podcasts. We chatted about what life is like as a large family, and how we personally pursue life as one... Podcast link: "Large Families on Purpose" Blessings on your roll as a mom, You might be interested in [...]

Sibling to Sibling – Tattling & Child “Parents”

By | October 28th, 2015|Character Training For Children, How Do We Do That, Parenting|

Tattling vs. Informing Child "parents" Proactive rather than reactive situations Siblings resolving issues between themselves May I just begin with trying to set accurate expectations.  You may be seeking a guaranteed fix for sibling issues that will stop it all in it's tracks, as I used to do.  *smile*  I really like a recipe that [...]

Professional Parenting, Part 1 of 2

By | August 17th, 2015|Organization, Parenting, Surrender and Blessings|

Here in Part 1 are the first 7 points of 13 on how parenting is like a profession, and these are the points I will cover in this post: Prepare for the day Be purposeful Focus our attention on our work place (our home) Invest in the atmosphere Apply self-discipline; others are relying on us [...]

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 [...]

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