Teaching your Child

One Simple Way to Encourage Obedience in Your Child

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it’s hard to get our kids to listen to us. At times, although I try to remain calm, my voice gets louder and higher in pitch and then…well, you know how it goes!  Lately I’ve been learning that putting myself in my kids’ place helps me find a better way […] Read more…

Why I Don't Have My Kids' Back in Everything

Why I Don’t Have My Kids’ Back in Everything

The other day I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and I came across a local news story about a child who refused to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It wasn’t for religious reasons (Jehovah’s Witnesses will not pledge to the flag) but just because “he didn’t want to”. The child was […] Read more…

8 Tips for Getting Kids to Do Chores {Without Complaining}

Anyone whose children LOVE doing chores, raise your hand high!! Not all at once please. ;) Perhaps you have children like mine, who started out as toddlers very excited about helping mom with household chores or dad with outdoor tasks but have somehow morphed into a slumped-shouldered, sighing, elementary-aged individual who believes chores are for […] Read more…

10 Spring Themed Books for Children

Spring is in the air in many places around the country! Where I live, there is still snow on the ground (!) but it is almost gone, thankfully! I am ready to open the windows for good and see some flowers opening for the bright sunshine! In celebration of this fresh season, I bring you […] Read more…

How We Control Media Time in Our Home

I am sad to report that for the past five months, my children have watched way too much TV. Having a new baby, then facing the coldest winter since I was a small child (one night the windchills hit -65F) and dealing with a “spring” that has yet to be “spring-like” has caused me to become […] Read more…

5 Resources for Teaching Kids About Healthy Living

Many times at the beginning of a new year, we make resolutions, most of which involve some sort of healthy change: a change in diet or level of exercise, using natural cleaners or something else. But how often do these resolutions apply to our kids? There’s plenty of advice out there in the blogging world […] Read more…

Teach Your Child Scripture with a Bible Verse Puzzle!

Teach Your Kids Scripture with a Bible Verse Puzzle!

What’s the most important thing you can teach your child this year? The precious Word of God! As our family works to learn Scripture together, there are a variety of methods we have used to help make the Bible verses stick.  An simply and fun way for children to learn Scripture is to make a […] Read more…

How to Answer the BIG and Little Questions Kids Ask

Not a day goes by in my house where many, many questions do not get asked. Some of these are questions that are easy to answer, like, “Can we get an elephant and keep him in the backyard?” but others are not so simple. Some of them are technical questions, like when my 7 year […] Read more…

Parenting Our Children by Grace

When it comes to parenting and child-training, it’s easy to quantify how we’re doing by the results we’re getting: First time obedience? Check. Says please and thank you without a reminder? Check. Eats all his vegetables with great joy? Bonus! There are a lot of parenting methods and books out there, many with value and […] Read more…

Practical Advice for Character Building Moments {The Busy Mom’s Guide to Teaching Character Day 4}

When the kids are whiny and ungrateful. When the kids are fighting and unforgiving. When we want to teach good habits like diligence, obedience, good attitudes but don’t know where to start. I’ve been there. Maybe you have too. And when I was reflecting on my post topic, “practical advice for character building moments”, I […] Read more…

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