Isn’t it so easy to over-complicate this whole parenting thing? Strategies, tips, parenting hacks… the list goes on and on. Sometimes these tips come at just the right time. Sometimes the right parenting strategy can be a game-changer! (Like how I taught my toddler to finally sit still!) But other times we need a reminder that motherhood can be simple. There’s one simple question that I’ve been asking my son that has been improving his behavior like 97.5%. It’s so simple, and it’s not what you would think! “Can I play with you?” This simple question has been working...Read More
Category: Discipline & Schedules
My son is a lot of things.. He’s curious, smart, a wonderful singer, super cuddly at bedtime, extraordinarily energized in the morning, and most definitely a force of nature. He loves to help me with chores and is incredibly sweet with his baby sister. And don’t even get me started on the cuteness of when he tries to wrestle his daddy! But, he can sometimes let his emotions be his boss… instead of the other way around. Yep, my sweet little guy sometimes isn’t quite so sweet. It’s a fact of life…kids sometimes have trouble taking control of their...Read More
Everyone tells you that having baby #2 is a whole different animal. But we don’t believe them, huh? With multiple children, our love somehow multiplies exponentially. It’s impossible to explain. Your own mama told you when you were a kid, but you just didn’t get it. Yet, mamas really do love each child equally. Yes, our love multiplies. But our time? Our time is more divided than ever. There are suddenly two tummies to fill, two pairs of hands to hold, two faces to kiss, two children to carry…. Yet only one mama, and one lap to hold them...Read More
Here’s the thing no one tells you when you become a mama…Parenting is all about stages, right? Some things work great for a week, a few months, or even years. And then, suddenly, everything turns upside down! Naptime and quiet time for kids is no exception. This holds so true in the area of sleep. It never fails. Just when we seem to have hit a rhythm with my son’s sleep habits and schedule; a growth spurt, a tummy ache, or a slightly off schedule throws his sleep into haywire mode. So here’s the truth: Change is just...Read More
This post is part of my Homeschool Preschool 101 Series, where I share everything you need to know to make homeschool preschool work for you and your child! In this series, you’ll learn… How We do Super-Relaxed Homeschool Preschool 10 Tips to Limit Screen-Time for Good! Kindergarten Readiness: What does my Preschooler Really Need to Know? Must-Read Advice from Expert Homeschool Preschool Mamas Psst… I share a lot of tips in this post! Be sure to pin the image below for later if you don’t have time to read it all now. Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links....Read More
Thinking about creating a toddler chore chart? Tried it before but it just didn’t stick? No worries, mama. Let me show you three secrets for a preschooler or toddler chore chart system that really works! If you’ve got a tot or preschooler at home, you are in the perfect position to introduce chores to your family. (Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means that I will be paid a small commission if you click through these links at no extra cost to you. Of course, I only recommend products we truly love!) If you want to create a...Read More
This post is part of my Homeschool Preschool 101 Series, where I share everything you need to know to make homeschool preschool work for you and your child! In this series, you’ll learn… How We do Super-Relaxed Homeschool Preschool 10 Tips to Limit Screen-Time for Good! Kindergarten Readiness: What does my Preschooler Really Need to Know? Must-Read Advice from Expert Homeschool Preschool Mamas Are you overwhelmed by the thought of homeschooling your preschooler? Does the thought of a worksheet make your eyes cross? Yeah, me too, mama…until I discovered a simple routine for relaxed homeschool preschool that is...Read More
Tired of seeing a room bursting full of toys, and approximately 0% of those toys being played with? I’m with you, mama. And I’ve got a plan. It’s time to tackle toy clutter. Let’s all grab our metaphorical cardboard boxes and trash bags and get to work, shall we? Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Of course, I only recommend products I know and love! But first, let’s tackle the WHY of it all. Why does clutter really matter when it comes to your child’s play space? Limiting and organizing toys goes far beyond buying a few cute buckets and...Read More
As I scrolled through Facebook- past the ads, the drama, and the memes- one video popped out at me. There she was, a sweet little girl about three years old. Her mama prompted her as she spouted out scripture after scripture. Frankly, this teeny tiny child knew more scripture than I did. Hmmm… That little sister in Christ inspired me. She challenged me. Surely my own son could have the Word hidden so deeply in his own heart? Surely I should also be more diligent in teaching my little guy to love and know what God says in His...Read More
Toddler schedules. Love ’em or hate ’em? If you’re reading this your toddler’s schedule is most likely what makes or breaks your day. As a mama, a teacher, and someone who fanatically researches everything, let me tell you that your toddler craves routine and predictability in his day! Yep. Even on the weekends. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out my post about how I set a schedule for my toddler on a typical weekday. (There’s even a free printable to get you started. For real. Check it out!) Children, and especially toddlers, need predictability...Read More
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