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After School Snack – Healthy, Easy, & Proactive

By | April 14th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

I don't know about your children, but when ours arrive home after school they are hun-gry. *laugh* Even after having had a great lunch at school, it's time to eat again for these growing Muffins! And to avoid them raiding the pantry and choosing to eat less-than-nutritious options *smirk*, it's good to be ON PURPOSE [...]

School Lunches: Normal, Simple, and Yummy – With a Plan

By | March 13th, 2017|Favorite Recipes, How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

When we were preparing to begin this year with public school, I really wanted a great plan for our children's lunches. As simple as it sounds, I wondered how I could make sure our children have enough nutrition in that little bag? How can I make sure they'll eat it and not give it away or [...]

School Breakfasts – Planning Ahead for Healthy, Delicious, Satiating, and Simple

By | February 19th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Can a mom really get all of those adjectives into her breakfast menu?! We can if we plan ahead! *smile* It is always important to send kids into the day with a strong start, especially when they are growing so much physically, mentally, and emotionally. And we moms have to think carefully about this especially when the [...]

Homeschooling High School, or Supplementing Public School

By | February 12th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Time Efficiency|

For many homeschooling parents, teaching high school is a terrifying consideration. Often it is determined long in advance that home education will stop when the children reach high school age. We have been asked many questions along these lines. I learned a great deal about the process - after months of being completely intimidated and [...]

School Pick Up: pleasant, peaceful, and restful – With a Plan

By | January 30th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

One of my big adjustments to having our children in public school was simply dropping them off and picking them up again. *laugh* Right now we would rather do this than have them ride the bus, but at first it was a very frustrating experience. However, did you know that it can actually be very [...]

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 [...]

Scheduling for Fall – How I Create Our Schedules

By | July 22nd, 2016|How Do We Do That, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Having a weekly schedule (click here for what that means and what it doesn't mean) for our family of 11 is crucial to fostering family life and healthy relationships.  With a schedule we have productivity, predictability, consistency, and on average - balance.  It helps to produce peace and eliminate chaos.  Not that we don't ever have [...]

Family Practical How-To’s: Transportation, Birthdays, Hair cuts, 1-on-1’s, & Laundry!

By | July 4th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Surrender and Blessings|

When people see our family of 11 people out and about doing life, they often tip their head to the side, get a puzzled look on their face, and ask, “…How do you do_____?”  This always makes us chuckle because we’re “just us”, and we’ve become the larger group of “just us” gradually, one person [...]

Scheduling & Routines: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. – Part 1 of 2

By | June 25th, 2016|Large Family - Small House, Marriage, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

In this part 1 we will look at: Why I began scheduling How I began scheduling My overall scheduling framework Additional benefits to scheduling In part 2 I will cover: Winging it vs. planning it The blessings of planning Common road blocks Additional benefits of scheduling You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.  This is what we desire in [...]

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 [...]

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