11 Hands On Halloween Activities for Kids

Halloween Activities for Kids

October is here and is bringing with it all the discussions over Halloween – costume ideas, discounted candy bargains, and, as always, the basic debate over whether or not Christians should be celebrating Halloween at all. Read my take on that discussion here. If you are one of the families that don’t do any Halloween…

Frugal Wardrobe Ideas

Frugal Wardrobe Ideas for Kids

*Affiliate links included. All opinions are my own. Whether it’s because you’ve just made a major move and are trying to job hunt and resettle (like we are), or just have other priorities for your financial resources, I’m sure a lot of you, like myself, are trying to dress your kids on a budget. The…

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Limiting Screen Time for Your Kids

And by screen time, I mean not just TV, but pretty much all electronics – TV, tablets, computers, video games, etc. Anything with bright lights and screens that takes your child a few steps away from the real world into an entertaining, but remote and nonexistent virtual world. To be clear, we are far from…

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When Your Child Contradicts You…

It’s normal for kids, especially toddlers, to go through phases when they are contrary and contradictory toward just about everything. I know this. I’ve known this since before having kids, so I knew to expect it. But KNOWING that all kids go through a phase like this is very different than handling it when it…

21 Educational Fall Resources

Fall Educational Resources and Activities

Whether you’re homeschooling and have to make lesson plans, or just want extra activities for your kids to do during afternoons and weekends, there’s a plethora of free and frugal fall educational activities and activity packs. Here are a few of the ones I’ve found, divided by subject area, for young learners (think: mainly Pre-K…

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25 Frugal Kids Activities

When we left Iraq, we had to leave a lot of our things there too – it would have been too expensive and too cumbersome to ship everything (even more expensive than replacing things on this end!). We didn’t mind leaving behind some of our clothes and books and other things. One of the toughest…

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Coping with Change as a Family

It’s good to be posting again! I was in an unexpected blogging break because we moved on short notice from. Iraq to the U.S. (Pittsburgh area). We aren’t fully settled in yet, and are still job hunting, hoping we find something soon so we know we can definitely stay in the area and start getting…

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FREE Student Planner: Get Organized

Back to school time is right around the corner for a lot of us! We still have one more school year to go before our oldest goes off to school, but since we both work at a school, I’m pretty focused on back-to-school stuff now anyway. Lots of students are getting ready for their new classes…

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We’re Off!

We’re off the the States for a few weeks of visiting family and friends! Here’s to hoping that the next 26 hours of traveling through airports with a 2 and 3 year old go smoothly! I probably won’t have internet all the time, and my priority during these weeks is going to be family and…

A brief guide to positive parenting: dos and don'ts

A Brief Guide to Positive Parenting

WHY POSITIVE PARENTING? In the end, each parent has to choose their own parenting style for their own reasons, based on what they think is best for their child. The reasons I appreciate positive parenting might not be the same reasons you or someone else do. That being said, here are two of the main…

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

Teaching your child how to be responsible not only equips your child with skills they need for a variety of life situations. It also helps your child develop an understanding of their unique talents and the importance of using their talents to contribute to their family, friends and larger community. 1. Work on cause and…

Is your child afraid of the dark? Here are 6 strategies you can use to help them!

Is Your Child Afraid of the Dark?

Many, if not all children, are afraid of the dark at some point. This fear often sets in around age 3, when a child enters the world of imaginative play. As the child’s imagination develops, they begin to project imaginary creations into the world around them. Darkness represents an unknown reality; when a child looks…

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Hitting: Why Kids Do It, and How to Help Them Stop

All children sometimes hit, bite or exhibit other aggressive behaviors as they develop. This does not mean that your child is “aggressive”. It usually means that your child is experimenting with different ways of reacting to different situations. If you teach your child different ways of reacting, most children will grow out of hitting, clawing…

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Family Activities for in the Car

Are you going on a family vacation anytime soon involving a road trip? Here are some great ideas for having fun together in the car! Alphabet game. Everyone looks out the window and tries to find objects beginning with each letter of the alphabet, starting with A and working their way, in order, to Z.…

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To All Moms with Kids

Lots of ads and promotions focus on helping moms have a good image – look their best, feel their best, do their best. Sometimes they can be helpful, but at the same time, they can be detrimental, both when we get discouraged because we don’t measure up, AND when we miss out on better and…

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3 Virtues Every Parent Needs

Parenting is a rewarding, but challenging job no matter how you look at it. Kids are wonderful, but they also stretch our hearts, minds and wills as far as they can be stretched. It can cause us to grow a lot, or to snap. Here are 3 virtues that help us bring out the best…

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8 Ways to Teach Your Child Virtue

  Building character and teaching our children how to be principled is just as important as caring for their physical and intellectual needs. Each of our children comes with different innate strengths and challenges, so there’s no one-size-fits all program for teaching your child values; what virtues your child needs to work on and when…

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6 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids

When we think of spending quality time with our kids, we often think of doing something extra, like a family outing, or vacation. While these special family experiences are wonderful, there are many other ways to spend quality time with your kids when you don’t have the time or money to plan something extra. 1.…

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Dealing with Your Shy Child

Do you have a shy child? Here are several ways you can help your child feel loved and, at the same time, develop crucial skills to help them overcome their shyness to the extent necessary to deal well with others and accomplish tasks in life that require communication and working with people they don’t know.…