Four Questions to Ask Yourself when Your Kids Don’t Listen
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Four Questions to Ask Yourself when Your Kids Don’t Listen

Raise your hand if you wish your kids would listen better. And by listen, you mean follow instructions and do what you ask. The first time. If your hand is in the air, then mine is waving right next to yours. Sit in our house long enough and you will see plenty of examples of…

Parenting like a queen: Charlotte Mason’s words on authority
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Parenting like a queen: Charlotte Mason’s words on authority

Some times I read something that is so significant I text a picture of it to my husband, so that he can read it, too.  This summer, I am reading through Charlotte Mason’s third and fourth volumes, starting with School Education.  The first two chapters are on docility and authority, and Miss Mason sets up Queen Elizabeth…

Family Relationships | Holidays | Parenting

Lovely Christmas and Birthday Gifts for the Early Years

[sc name=”Disclosure” ] What do you give a child who may not remember this holiday? With a child who is growing by leaps and bounds, how do you choose a gift that is going to last longer than their current developmental stage? What toys will encourage creativity and meaningful play? Over the last few years,…

Family Relationships | Parenting | Siblings

Not a Bully, Not a Victim: Using Sibling Conflict to Teach Empathy and Empowerment

How many ways can you manage sibling conflict? My kids are very young – nearly 3 and 1.5 years old. Both of them occasionally bite the other (for no apparent reason). The older quite likes to push the younger down (for no apparent reason). I see them both snatch toys, pull hair, and do everything…

Family Relationships | Holidays | Parenting

Simple Christmas: Taking the Crazy out of the Holidays

Growing up, my mom did a great job with Christmas. My memories blur together a bit, but I remember pajama days, presents, special breakfasts, and lounging around with my siblings until it was time to go to the evening service at church. I always associate the holidays with feelings of warmth, togetherness, fun, and lots…

Family Relationships | Parenting | Siblings

Setting the Stage for Positive Sibling Relationships in the Early Years

[sc name=”Disclosure” ] I don’t know about you, but I have spent a fair amount of time envisioning what my boys will be like when they are older. Who they will look like, how tall they will be, their interests and hobbies, and, in particular, their relationship with one another. They are sixteen months apart…

Family Relationships | Siblings

The Most Practical Step Towards a More Peaceful Home with Young Children

[sc name=”Disclosure”] Being a mom to two little boys has definitely brought out the worst in me. One moment everything is fine, and the next I am harried, overwhelmed, covered in food and taking my frustration out on my kids. I’m just not being the parent that I want to be: calm, in control of the…