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

Never Too Big…

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Zina from Let's Lasso the Moon is here today and I adore what she has to share with you. It's something I believe so firmly and she's written it so beautifully. Enjoy! The morning weather is starting to cool and, as kids head to back school, this comment starts flying. "They've gotten so big." We begin to see familiar faces at drop-off and first day of school photos popping up on Facebook. Today my friend's daughter started full-time preschool. As a mom, this is a huge milestone. She has greeted the week with mixed emotions. As parents, we have a tendency to try and hold on to "our babies." I admit, when an adorable toddler photo Continue Reading

Teaching Kids Responsibility (while making your life easier!)

3 tips for teaching kids responsibility (while making your life easier.... shhh!)

Our family has been extremely busy. Hubby and I are self-employed and still in the building phase of our businesses. That means a lot of extra hours.  Add that to a super fun summer bucket list begging to be used, and we don't have much time (or energy) for family chores. We've been giving the kids more and more responsibility in our daily chores. Of course, teaching the kids responsibility is awesome, but it also helps us out a ton. (Win win!) Teaching Kids Responsibility by Including Them in the Process Problem #1: Folding laundry was a four-step process. Laundry is one of my least favorite things to do. Handing over part of that Continue Reading

Limiting Screen Time for Kids – Why, How To, and What Now

Limiting screen time

I'm re-posting this screen time for kids post because I needed to read it. (It originally appeared October 20, 2012). These first few weeks of summer have been pretty intense around here. My husband and I are both self employed. Both of our business seem to be taking off right now. YAY! It's great news, but that leaves me with scrambling for work time. What's been happening because of this need to work? I started out allowing way more screen time than I'm comfortable with. Enter the begging, the endless vegging, the "I just want to lay down" pleas. So I pulled up this post, read through it and decided that if I needed... perhaps you do to. I Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Summer

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How is your summer going so far? Ours has involved way too much yelling and nagging from me. YUCK! Whenever I get into one of these not so great cycles I know it's time for a reboot. Once I'm on a positive (and patient) page, the entire house seems to settle into a more cooperative and happy place. Luckily I know right were to turn... ... and I'm inviting you along. On July 9th at 6pm PST (9pm EST) I'll be hosting a FREE Positive Parenting Solutions Webinar by Amy McCready. You and I (and a few hundred of our closest friends. :D ) will be sitting comfortably in our own living rooms and getting access to Amy McCready herself. The Continue Reading

Parenting Kids with BIG Personalities … a Visual Tool

great visual tool for parenting kids with big personalities

We have a very sweet little girl with a very BIG personality. She is 7. She is also confident, she reads people unbelievably well (and has since she was a baby), she easily draws in attention and she has an amazing gift for storytelling. All of these things about her personality make her an amazing person to know. Just like any personality trait, these can be both positive and negative. Think about it. Any positive thing you can say about a person can easily be switched to a negative. "She's so nice" can easily become "she's a pushover". "He's smart" might also be "he's a know it all". And any negative thing could be flipped as well, Continue Reading

How Daily Routines are Getting us Back to Healthy

The importance of daily routines

I have a confession... and this one is pretty hard to admit. If you've been around here before, you know I like having a plan and a good routine. It's how I function best. It wasn't too long ago that I realized I've been avoiding some pretty serious daily routines. I let them slip to the back of my mind until I had no choice but to pay attention. It started with a terrible dentist appointment for one of the kids. It wasn't just the unexpected dental work that slapped me in the face... it was the realization that I was almost standing in the way of good dental health. What?!?! We've always brushed our teeth (of course) but it wasn't Continue Reading