Things My Kids Do

My kids are funny. Most of the time, I'm the only one who thinks so. But they don't always realize why. For example, my oldest and his sister have started this thing where they're a different animal each morning. Today, they finished their lunch before I did and as I was taking a bite, I … Continue reading Things My Kids Do

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Transitioning to Stainless Steel

Let's go way on back to 2010... My husband and I got married that April, on a Wednesday morning, at the county courthouse. No, it wasn't a shotgun wedding, we just really wanted to be married, and unfortunate family circumstances led to us choosing super low-key elopement over the formal church wedding I had spent … Continue reading Transitioning to Stainless Steel

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…

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?