Learning from Mistakes: How to Accept and Appreciate Mistakes

learning from mistakes... great tips for parents

Raising creative thinkers is one of the top priorities in our house. That is why we talk so much about the books we are reading and work so hard to provide down time. Creative thinkers meet problems, challenges and new situations with the confidence. They know that no matter what, they will eventually find an answer or figure out how to make a situation work. In order to be creative thinkers we must be not only be willing to make mistakes, we must know how to celebrate them.  Not every endeavor will be successful; in fact a lot of ideas quickly flop.  The way mistakes are treated will greatly affect how kids meet the next challenge, the Continue Reading

20 Funny (and printable) Knock, Knock Jokes for Kids

printable knock knock jokes for kids

M and M had so much fun with the silly jokes for kids and the Halloween jokes for kids I made into printable lunch box jokes. I decided to keep the fun rolling and made a batch of knock, knock jokes for kids. Of course a lot of them are favorites from when I was a kid, but some of them are brand new to me. This was such a fun post to put together. I was smiling the entire time. (I even chuckled a bit). I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 20 Funny Knock, Knock Jokes for Kids Printable Knock, Knock Jokes for Kids Knock, knock. Who's there? Canoe! Canoe who? Canoe come out and play with me today? Knock, knock. Who's there? Who! Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 5: The Secret Garden

Family Book Club week 5 + tips for reading to busy kids

This week's reading goal doesn't lead to many discussions or activities, so I thought I'd take this weeks post as an opportunity to share what reading time looks like at our house. I know some of you imagine us snuggled up on the couch. I assure you that is almost never what reading time looks like for us. Reading Goal This week read chapters 17-20. The chapters are pretty short and if you really want to stop at chapter 20, do NOT read the title of chapter 21. :) Reading to Busy Kids Reading to the kids has always been a priority for me. I found out very early on that I do not have snuggle up and read kind of kids. I wrote about Continue Reading

Easy Savings Plan for Kids (with Incentive)

easy savings plan for kids

This post is sponsored by Regions.com. I've been thinking a lot about the kids and money lately. For a few years we've used a sticker chore chart system that has worked wonderfully for Big M. He's 9 now and we want him to take on more family responsibilities. We also want to increase the amount of money he's able to earn. With the move approaching it wasn't the right time for any big changes. Now that we are in the house, I'm ready to sit down and make some plans. The timing of this post could not have been more perfect. Regions.com sent me a great article with tips for teaching kids about money management. As soon as I read this savings Continue Reading

9 Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids

Last minute Halloween crafts for kids

I know what you're looking for! Super easy Halloween craft ideas for kids. Projects you have all the materials for already and won't take too long. Something you can do this weekend without making a huge mess (save that for the pumpkin carving) but will still be fun for everyone. A Halloween craft that might even leave you with an adorable Halloween decoration. Am I right? Lucky you! I have just the thing. These 9 Halloween craft ideas are perfect for last minute crafting. This year Halloween falls on a Friday. YAY! That of course means no school the next day. We will still go trick or treating and have some fun sorting candy but that Continue Reading

Spooky Halloween Silhouette that Your Kid Can Make

spooky Halloween silhouettes the kids can make - LOVE THESE

Are Halloween decorations spread through your house too? M and M have been hard at work hanging ghosts, pumpkins and bats all over the walls. It's a good thing I love kid-made decorations so much! When Dollar Tree asked me to partner with them to share The Value Seekers Club, I immediately fell in love with the Halloween Silhouette idea I found there. (This post is sponsored and inspired by Dollar Tree.) The Value Seekers Club is a club full of crafts, recipes, décor and frugal fun idea that can all be created with Dollar Tree products. Since all Dollar Tree products cost only $1… the ideas they share are always a inexpensive to make. Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 4: The Secret Garden

family book club week 4

We are halfway through The Secret Garden. Are you and your family enjoying the story? So many conversations about family and friendship have stemmed from the relationships in the book. I'm so glad we're reading it and I hope you are too! I would love to hear how the Family Book Club is working for you and your family. You can leave suggestions or ideas (or tell me how much you love it) in the comment section. You can also email me at [email protected] Reading Goal This week read chapters 13-16. The Secret Garden Discussion Questions and Activity Chapter 13 – Activity In the beginning of chapter 13 Mary decides Continue Reading