Bucket-Filling For Your Kids

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Share this: Do your kiddos practice bucket-filling on a daily basis? Have you even taught them about bucket-filling yet? You probably have, and just don’t realize it. But in this season of celebrating miracles and light and goodness, many of us are focusing in our families on bucket-filling anyway. Even if we don’t do so in… Continue reading Bucket-Filling For Your Kids




Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks

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Share this:Do you always feel overburdened? As if you’ve got too much on your plate, because responsibility for the entire world somehow landed on your shoulders? Would you like to free up a few brain cells for something else? If so, then it’s high time you turn over some of that responsibility to your kiddos.… Continue reading Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks




How We Became Chore Chart Converts

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Share this:I used to think chore charts were silly. My mother never used them, so why should I? Now, we’re a family of converts. What happened? Summer. And with it, a complete breakdown of most of our normal routines. Does this sound familiar? Despite my periodic kvetching to the contrary, my children are usually pretty… Continue reading How We Became Chore Chart Converts




Why Mama’s Crazy Rules Matter

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Share this:Kimmie starts kindergarten this week. She can’t wait. She is soooo ready. Her first day of preschool, she marched right into the building without a backward glance. Kindergarten will be the same way. That is, as long as she survives the bus ride. Don’t get me wrong; she can’t wait to ride the school… Continue reading Why Mama’s Crazy Rules Matter




Prepping for our First Family Camping Trip

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Share this:This weekend marks our first family camping trip. My husband and I used to camp (or at least hike) every summer, back in our pre-parenthood existence. The further away from home our car-camping and occasional backpacking trips took us, the better. We’ve been kept awake all night by the foghorns near the Bay of… Continue reading Prepping for our First Family Camping Trip




Reset Buttons Broken? Try Using a Code Word

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Share this:Oh, the ironies of parenting. Not twenty-four hours after publishing my last blog post, on finding your kids’ reset buttons, I found myself mentally running through my own checklist, searching in vain for one of my own tricks that would work on a five-year-old who stubbornly resisted each and every attempt I made to… Continue reading Reset Buttons Broken? Try Using a Code Word




Finding Your Kids’ Reset Button: My Top Ten Hacks

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Share this:It’s one of those days (hours, minutes), and you’re at the end of the rope. You just wish your kid had come with an on/off switch, circuit breaker, or some other way to turn her off. Then you could power her down, reboot her, and start all over with a clean slate. Or maybe… Continue reading Finding Your Kids’ Reset Button: My Top Ten Hacks




On Toilet-Training Your Monster

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Share this:Both of our children have been way ahead of the curve in some areas (mostly academic), but have taken a more leisurely approach in others. Kimmie was nearly eighteen months old before she mastered the art of independent walking, and for Essie that skill didn’t come until the age of sixteen months. And then… Continue reading On Toilet-Training Your Monster




Five Smart Ideas for Mindful Downsizing

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Share this:How’d you do on your New Year’s resolutions last year? My New Year’s goal for last year is still an ongoing effort, but remembering to use the Calm Mommy voice when I want my kids to cooperate is becoming more second-nature. My goals for this year center around being more mindful each day, saving… Continue reading Five Smart Ideas for Mindful Downsizing




Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season

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Share this:Even though the first week of December was rainy and dreary in our neck of the woods, the girls and I have had a super start to our month. Part of the credit goes to the fact that I’ve made some very conscious decisions to simplify our lives, both for the holiday season and… Continue reading Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season




Want Something Done? Try Counting

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Share this:My husband is a math teacher. He lives, breathes, and eats numbers. Thus it’s not too surprising that numbers are floating through the atmosphere in our house on a pretty regular basis, or that Kimmie and Essie have been a bit ahead of the curve in learning to count. But early in our parenting… Continue reading Want Something Done? Try Counting




When Your Preschooler Won’t Cooperate: Big Kid + Big Privileges = Big Responsibilities

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Share this:Awhile back, before I published my post about letting Kimmie watch movies, I sent a draft of it to my friend Liz, who blogs over at Everyday Ecologist. In a subsequent phone conference, as we chatted about the slippery slope of kids and screen time, Liz said something to the effect of, “I can’t… Continue reading When Your Preschooler Won’t Cooperate: Big Kid + Big Privileges = Big Responsibilities




On New Year’s Goals

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Share this:I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; instead, I set goals. IMHO, resolutions are made to be broken. “I resolve to go to the gym more.” “I resolve to lose weight.” “I resolve to go on a diet.” I mean, come on – who even talks like that? And besides, what happens when the inevitable… Continue reading On New Year’s Goals