Unexpected Changes to the Schedule

I do not have a planned out, hour-by-hour schedule, but we have a schedule established in our home.

Get up, eat, see Daddy off to work, morning chores, then independent book work. After independent book work, there is a bit of a break, kid showers (after arguments), lunch, then group time work before they all run out of the house to play for the rest of the day.

This works for us. This also just changed.

I find it interesting that once we get a good rhythm going in our house, things have to change. Whether it changes because your kids hit a new developmental stage or something happens with a family member, or a parent’s job gets changed up, there always is a change. For instance, a few years back my mom and little brother came to live with us for 8 months. Another instance was when my twins developed from young kids who had to do hands-on things all the time to ferocious readers who wanted more library books on what we were learning about. Yet another example would be when my hubby was activated with his national guard unit to help with hurricane rescue and evacuation. Changes happen and we have to adjust accordingly

So what changed this time?

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We now have a 3-month-old puppy running

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Encouraging Kiddos to be Active

Ever since the invention of the television, parents have been having trouble keeping their kids active. It seems all they want to do is stare at a screen. When video games were invented, this problem was made worse. Not only could kids never miss their favorite shows, but now they had to make it further in the game than their friends.

How then do we get them to go play? 

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While we can often get frustrated with our kids’ tendencies

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After the Break is Done

After an academic break, sometimes we feel we have to jump back in full speed. We want to get our children and ourselves back on the same schedule. We also want to start rolling at the same pace as we were before our break started.

While those intentions are great, there is no need to stress yourself out just yet. Why not ease your way into this thing called school. Just take your time and flow back into your regular schedule.

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New Year Ideas for the Kids

I tend to not set resolutions. I was never big on them and then as I got older and saw how quickly people seem to drop them, I decided New Year’s resolutions were not for me. The funny thing about that is ….

Every year I seem to pick something to focus on improving

This year, I want to focus on helping the kids learn to set personal goals and work towards them. This is no easy task as children rarely see their own faults and when we try to point it out to help them learn, it is not received well (can you tell I have tweens?). So how do we help our kids assess themselves and set personal goals that are attainable?

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First and foremost, we need to have our children think about

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New Year, New Lifestyle

Happy New Year! So this is the time of year for resolutions. Now I don’t really like New Year’s resolutions because the idea is to take on a goal that you’re not mentally or physically prepared to accomplish. You’re expected to go from couch potato to workout queen or slob to prince charming overnight. It leads most people to failure (and usually out of lots of money).

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Passing on the torch

While most of my articles are full of encouragement and suggestions, this one will be different. I am a Mama who is reflecting on how her babies are growing up.

My twins are 12 years old and while they act like they still believe in good ol’ St. Nick, the past year or so they have been asking questions, showing they are suspicious.

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I personally do not look forward to the upcoming discussion, but I know their Christmas from now on will forever be changed and for the better. My babies will start sharing with others the joy of Christmas, the joy of surprising those they love with anonymous gifts.

After this Christmas, my two oldest will know that St. Nick is not a magical person but a feeling we carry within our hearts that we show to others in love. For now, though, I look at the presents around the tree and smile with the knowledge that it still holds a mysterious magic for them.

Next year, it will be different, but for now, we will enjoy the mystery.

Merry Christmas

Reflect, Release, Relax.

It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what? You’ve done great! You have planned your best day and experienced your worse. You have given your all and some days just given up. You have fought a good fight, and you have survived! Remember as we end this year to…

Reflect, Release, Relax.

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Winter Weather Whining

I know I am not the only one who has already heard the “I’m Bored” cry this season. Between the cold, the wind, and the rain, it seems this weather is determined to keep my kids cooped up and going crazy. We are an energetic bunch. We are always moving and doing and playing, so when the weather keeps us cooped up, it can go south quickly.

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Legos get thrown around.

Random toys go flying down the stairs.

Loud rough play spontaneously erupts

And the fights! Lord help me when the bickering begins.

So what do I do to keep

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It’s Never Too Early to Grow

I just love this time of year. No. Not the lights. No. Not gifts or holiday music. (We don’t celebrate holidays anyway.) It’s a special time for folks who garden. It seems so unusual that the coldest, darkest, and (for some) snowiest time of year would be a good time for gardening. But it is! It’s a time that gets, even I as a novice gardener, so excited. It’s the time that most gardeners begin to receive their coveted seed catalogs and begin to plan next year’s bounty. 

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