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After dealing with the accumulation of way too much stuff during a recent move, Saren figured out some rules of thumb to keep stuff from taking over again in her new house. She also tried a “stuff fast” which resulted in some great side effects. . .
With the new school year looming, I found myself mourning the long hours my older daughters would spend away from home. I knew I wanted to set aside time in order to have meaningful interaction with my children, but what? Soon, with a little help, the idea of “Special Time” was born: a simple 15 minutes a day, one daughter at a time.
As mothers, we do not need to burn ourselves out with expectations that we will plan outrageously fun and magical activities for our children every single day of their lives. Instead, we can plan ‘highlight experiences’ for our children to spice up the monotony of daily life.
Can little kids learn about the value of work and money? You bet. Check out this cute video showing my twins’ serious excitement about earning their own beloved toys.
Spoiler alert: Ruth’s daughters DO have toys. They just don’t have very many, and they are stowed away so they play with only a few at a time. What led her to make such a drastic change? What were the results?
I want my kids to feel a sense of belonging. I want them to believe deeply that they are a part of a whole and that they will never be alone in this sometimes lonely, disconnected world. I suppose I could laminate this sentiment on a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge, or I could just take down our Kangaroo mask and do a little dance.
What does “home” mean to you? Beauty and peace and harmony – that’s home (in a good moment like this one).
Tired of battles over how much time your children have spent in front of a screen each day? Watch as Mary Jenkins and her son Nathaniel explain a simple chart they use to track how much screen time Nathaniel has had each day.
Do you ever worry about the influence friends will have in your children’s lives? Rachel Sullivan shares cheap and inspiring ideas on how to keep the family tight and the fun alive with Family Fun Night!
Realistic expectations. Small bite-sized jobs. Job training. This stuff can make a huge difference in the happiness and cleanliness of our homes. Check out Saren’s bite-sized job list and a quick video of the certification process that works with her kids.