What I hear a lot: Why didn’t you just ask?

There are many things that I hear a lot and some of them are said by the same people or only certain people say certain things. The one I am going to focus on is one I am sure you have heard.

Why didn’t you just ask?

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This can be said in connection with our personal life:

-need a babysitter short notice

-need advice on how to deal with

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Nature: How Much Is Too Much?

Lately, the weather has been back and forth so many times I do not know what season we are in. One day it will be 30 and winter-like, the next day it will be 60, sunny and almost early summer feeling. The weather going back and forth as it has been has caused some plants to even bloom early. This has me thinking about spring and what that means for us.

Nature Walks and Hiking

We are a very outdoorsy family. We camp in regular tents, my boys go on weekend backpacking trips, my daughter and I have camped not only in 25-degree weather but also in a torrential downpour (unplanned). We have hiked little trails that are only one

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Morning Battles

Every morning I brace myself for a battle.

It is not a battle most people think of either. It’s not a battle against a long day. It’s not a battle against kids who don’t want to get up. It’s not a battle against starting school work. No, my battle is a unique one for me.

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My son doesn’t want to eat breakfast.

Now, that’s not entirely true. He is hungry and willing

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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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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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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

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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Grace isn’t only for Others

There are many wonderful things about this time of year.

The crisp cool mornings

The beautiful lights and colors

The fun and cheerful songs we sing

The friends and family coming to visit

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Working in Time for the Activities

My kids are very hands-on kids. My boys especially but they all love activities and learn better when they can do activities associated with the lessons.

These activities could be:                      making pictures

building out of popsicle sticks

adding to an interactive notebook

or making a diorama

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There are many options for learning activities but they all have something in common

They all take time and they all cost something

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