On Days When You Don’t Like Your Kids…

Every mom has been there... If she says she hasn't, she's lying. I love my children. I'd take a bullet for them, no questions. But there are days when I really just don't like them. My oldest is 3. That should be enough said. Honestly, 3 has been worse than two by far. Terrible 2's? … Continue reading On Days When You Don’t Like Your Kids…

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Letting Go of Perfectionism

I am realizing more and more my issues with control...😬 Kids have a way of reflecting your poorest qualities back at you. I believe God designed them this way as a means of conviction to bring parents to greater sanctification. Or maybe He just finds it entertaining; I don't know. My husband was at a … Continue reading Letting Go of Perfectionism

Being a “Mean Mommy”

I'm an oldest child. I'm told that means I'm bossy and authoritarian. I don't know about all that, but I am pretty strict about certain things. I have conceded letting the kids pick out their own mismatched clothing (so long as it's seasonable) and allowing my daughter to have her hair hanging in her face … Continue reading Being a “Mean Mommy”

2018 Homeschool Picks: Pre-K (2-3 years)

This is my first year shopping for homeschool curriculum! And while it's exciting, it was also really intimidating. There are so many resources available, I had a hard time narrowing down what was necessary, what would work with my kids and their learning styles, what we've already mastered, what we need to work on... There … Continue reading 2018 Homeschool Picks: Pre-K (2-3 years)

Organization Progress

I copied a page out of my old Employer's book and decided to label things. The idea behind the picture and word labels is that it enables children to associate words with images (think about how most people learn a foreign language.) And to then associate the picture on the container with the contents inside. … Continue reading Organization Progress

Teaching Your Toddler

My son is a great kid.  I don't mean he's perfectly behaved or never throws tantrums. Quite the opposite actually. He's just really great at being a kid; really loud, curious, smiley, goofy, weird, sticky, tactless, sticky, and did I mention curious? When I was working in North Carolina as a substitute teacher and subsequently … Continue reading Teaching Your Toddler

What’s the Deal with Potty Training?

I have always wondered why there are so many resources for new parents but so few for parents of young children and teens. For example, there are classes on breastfeeding, carseats, infant hygiene, introducing siblings, etc... But very little information on things like how to respond to disobedience in your toddler, or behavioral management that … Continue reading What’s the Deal with Potty Training?

Herb Preserving

I have been hang drying sage in the kitchen and it was finally time to put it away today! For anyone interested in herbalism even if it's just growing kitchen herbs, I highly recommend the book, "The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual" by herbalist, James Green. It's a very pleasant, conversational, and enjoyable read, … Continue reading Herb Preserving

You’ll Have 3 Under 3!?

In my high school years, I never understood the desire for motherhood. Partially because of how my mother and father's marriage crumbled and disintegrated into a steaming pile of brokenness devoid of integrity. It made me a bit of a cynic regarding wifedom and motherhood. Flash forward to 23 year old me, I'd been married … Continue reading You’ll Have 3 Under 3!?

“No” Fatigue

Do you ever have those days (or weeks, or months, or years) where it just seems like there's constantly one mess after another? Physical messes like sickness, or cheerios, or spilled smoothie; mental messes like locking the keys in the car (or house), having to take the car in to be serviced for the "check … Continue reading “No” Fatigue