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."
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.
My favorite thing about the game was playing as a team with my kids to complete certain objectives. This means everyone is involved all of the time, instead of always waiting for a turn.
Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids.
DIY projects are healthy, creative exercises for your children which will teach them to cherish work more than the thing itself.
Look, kid... Wear matching socks without holes and undies without streaks if you want grandma to get you something different next year... now go say THANK YOU.
Nothing says "I like you, but I'm scared to tell you" like pulling a girl's hair or calling a boy names. This is just how they are dealing with those fears.
I'd like to show our problem solving attempts; what has made a difference in our every day interactions, and over the long haul.
There are some things that I list under "That's not my Department". Like trash. Especially this trash.
We all need comfort to fall back on. Us adults also need to rekindle our own sense of adventure. Who is better equipped to guide us out of our comfort zone than our children?
I'm trying to convince my daughter to break-up with her boyfriend for the summer. I have good reasons!
When my husband and I married in our late teens, we had yet to discover how to resolve our differences like adults.
My sisters and I are extremely blessed by my mother's willingness to spend time molding our kids.
When my husband went on a business trip to Florida for a few months, he had to figure out how to help out long-distance.
I believe fostering a team spirit is important for family cohesiveness.
Daily life is far more rewarding when we have more positives than negatives in the "bank".
My biggest challenge and regret concerning having seven children is that I don't have as much individual time with them as I'd like.