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Making Advent a Game Changer

Advent now comes and goes nearly unnoticed. The only thing worth of recognition between Halloween and Christmas is Thanksgiving, and even that has started to take a back seat as major stores start “decking the halls” and major TV stations start putting on Christmas movies in late October and early November. Advent, a delightful period…

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Staying Sane as a Working Mom

This post is coming from my personal reality as a full time working mom. I’ve just had baby #3, and am going back to work on Monday after a maternity leave that sped by waaaay too quickly. In addition to working full time, I also have a growing family to be with, a home to…

Strengthening your family culture and identity

Strengthening Your Family Culture and Identity

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of family culture and identity recently. Partially because, with two rapidly growing children and a third ready to pop out, our own family identity is developing more and more, without us even focusing on it. As our kids grow, their individual personalities and likes and interests are…

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Staying Sane When You’re Crazily Busy

To say that I’ve been “busy” during the last month is an understatement. Swamped is a little more like it. We’re in the middle of a major relocation and my time has been divided between job hunting and now going through the process of clearances, etc. to be able to start my new job, finishing…

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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…

Teaching Your Child Not To Tease

Are Your Kids Teasing Each Other?

I’ve been thinking about the topic of teasing recently because our two boys (currently 3 ½ and 2 ½) are starting to tease each other more. They get along very well, and most of the time their teasing is playful. I hope it stays that way. But they’re already starting once in a while to…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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9 Ways to Encourage Exploration

As I mentioned in another post, allowing your children to explore the world around them is a great way to encourage active learning and strengthen their critical thinking skills. Here are 9 ways you can encourage exploration; none of them take too much preparation. Be forewarned: they DO required clean-up! Most of them foster “free…

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Why Your Child Lies and How You Can Help Them

Parents can pretty get frustrated if their child lies. It worries because we rely on our child telling the truth to know about what they’re doing, thinking and feeling, especially for times when we aren’t right with them. We also don’t like seeing our kids start bad habits. Children lie for different reasons at different…

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Dealing with Your Spirited Child

If you have more than one child, you’re likely to have a high spirited one in the bunch. Here are a few tips for dealing with these delightful, rambunctious, sensitive and determined kids. Some of these strategies apply to all children, but are included here because they are even more important to keep in mind…

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Nonverbal Ways to Help Children Express Themselves

Children have to learn how to express themselves in order to succeed at truly discovering and developing their own identity, and feeling comfortable with themselves. Usually verbal communication jumps to mind when we think about expressing ourselves. But it’s equally important to teach our kids how to express themselves in other ways. Here are 5…