With all of the kids home for summer vacation, the number of cups around the kitchen have gotten out of hand. When you have to run the dishwasher twice a day, it's time to get crafty.
My kids are at the point where they are sick and tired of being together. The summer started with backyard pool parties and sleepovers in the living room. After only a couple weeks of quality togetherness, the fighting had begun. Nothing a little ice cream can't handle.
I took a few minutes and thought about what was most important (to me) to have the kids accomplish on a daily basis. Of course, chores was on the top of my list, but I also wanted the kids to read, do something healthy, help cook, etc.
This summer, we're taking the dependence out of independence.
My daughter decided to have a timed bake-off between my mom, my two sisters, and myself. The challenge was to recreate Cupcake Jemma's Unicorn Cupcake; the prize was a cute chef's hat (that was lovingly decorated), and of course, bragging rights.
My younger boys shower in my bathroom, where the towel racks are adult-sized. Naturally, the towels end up on the floor. Oh yes.... the floor, my kids can reach.
WordPress prompt of the day: Tantrum Child 1: *drops garment off the hanger and proceeds to drag it across the floor* Child 2: Stop it! You’re getting that shirt all dirty! I just washed that!! Stupid! Child 1: (Walking away) You’re stupid. Child 2: No, you’re stupid! Child 1: (Still walking away) You’re stupider. Child
Number 7, like most preschoolers, still has trouble understanding that 4 ounces of water in a short, fat container is still 4 ounces of water when it is in a taller, skinnier container. And that 2 chips broken into crumbs, are still 2 chips. #learning2count
When my husband didn't pick up "my" mental and physical load, I felt like he was telling me that these tasks were beneath him. I didn't get a free night out; I only postponed the work I would have had to do anyway. As a "bonus", it's my fault because I didn't tell
My daughters brought up dinner to my husband and I, who were enjoying a few minutes of free time. Dinner was actually left-overs, so all the girls had to do was warm up a couple of bowls of chili. Our dinner was delivered with a playful comment, “This is not the proper use of children.”
Whether you’re looking for a cute bedtime story or something to keep them out of mischief on that long drive up to grandma and grandpa’s place, you can’t go wrong with a good podcast.
Part of the movie-watching-fun is watching the older movies together with the re-makes or re-boots. For example, It's interesting to observe the roles of women in the older movies versus modern movies through my kids' eyes.
Popular Culture today is big on all of the fantasy-type heroes that my generation grew up idolizing. Now that my generation are adults, we are excited to see our youth modernized with expensive badassery (is that a word?).
It's March, and the tax season is upon us. More than just upon us, it's mere weeks away from T-day. You've thought about your taxes; have you thought about what your teen needs to know about taxes?
In all honesty, if you want peaceful mornings (on most days), then you have to take responsibility for them. Any good coach will tell you that you can't expect greatness from your players if you don't do tough work yourself. This is what we do to survive mornings...
While it is important to live in the present, we should also remember what it was like when everything was wonderous, when you were vulnerable in the big wide world, and when you were unsure of your place in the world.
My mom lifted the 2 month old up so that he was in my dad's direct line of vision. She said, "Would you be working right now if you didn't have ALS?" My dad blinked, to indicate Yes. She continued, "I would be working too. Then we both would have missed out on all this."
In every family, there are pros and cons to child-bearing, no matter how big or small your family is. I've always believed that the only consideration should be love: Are you willing to unselfishly love a new addition? If you are, then everything else can be problem-solved.
What are you giving up for Lent? This question floats around my family every February as much as "What do you want for Christmas" does in December. Ideally, the small spiritual changes that we get into the habit of doing these 40 days of Lent become lifetime habits.
Some days it seems like I spend more time in my car (shuttling kids around) than out of it, so I need to do what I can with the time & place I have. My point is, I've learned the importance of using car time wisely.