It happened, mama. I have been to the pinnacle of motherhood and back. There I sat, hunched over on a stool outside the bathroom door. The scene looked familiar… a story for my son as he sat on the potty. But this time something was different. Oh that’s right! My merely four-day-old baby was nursing away as I regaled her and big brother with the tale of David and the giant. My whole body groaned from the recent strain of labor. The baby fussed. Yet I sensed that my older son really needed a story from his mama that...Read More
Category: Discipline & Schedules
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
“Sing apple tree song, Mommy?” My little man makes a tunes request for his mama-jukebox. It’s one of his favorites, the “Johnny Appleseed Song.” Honestly, it’s one of my favorites, too. I feel all sunshiny and light when I sing it, and I’m pretty sure my son feels the same way. Today, I’m singing it as I lounge beneath the shade of a bottle brush tree. I watch my boy create an imaginary village out of sticks, leaves, and toy trucks. There’s a sort of peace that hovers over our little scene. The Lord is good to me and so...Read More
Are you smack dab in the middle of toddler sleep battles? Maybe your little one has previously been a rock-star sleeper and recently started having trouble falling and staying asleep. Or, if you’re like me, sleep has always been a bone of contention with your child. I’ve been there. I empathize with the exhaustion, the “why me” questions, the end-of-your rope feeling. I know. The thing is, I read all those helpful articles about creating the best sleep for your toddler. I even wrote one of my own! I followed the advice. I mustered up all the consistency I...Read More
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