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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.
This year, we are turning over a new leaf in our home. We will no longer ask our kids if they had fun, because, frankly, we don’t care. We want them to reap more than fun from life. We want them to be fulfilled. We want them to be excellent.
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.
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. . .
Are you overwhelmed by Christmas Craziness? Just for fun, since none of us needed to sleep during the month of December anyway, Allyson Reynolds takes at look at a few of the things many of us feel like we want or should do during the Christmas season (and then she talks reality after).
In this episode, Saren and her sister Shawni (runs the website 71 Toes) offer simple ideas to help kids feel more grateful for what they have and recognize their blessings.
While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.
Is Halloween getting a little out of control? Do you love or hate Halloween? Check out this article for great ideas about how you can maximize the fun and minimize the frightful aspects of Halloween in your family.
In this week’s episode, Saren reads her popular post, A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to Simple Halloween Fun, and shares some of the great comments added by readers. The principles shared here apply to ALL holidays!
Join Saren and April as they share their own “back to school” stories along with plenty of practical tips.