Travel Agent vs Tour Guide Parenting

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I’ve seen myself grow and go through changes as a parent. When I first became a mom, I thought my role as a parent was one of a dictator. I made all decisions, set all of the rules, and had to demand compliance no matter what. Luckily, a few years into parenting right when I actually had to start putting things into action, I discovered Continue reading “Travel Agent vs Tour Guide Parenting”

Summer Activity

While kids look forward to their summer break, parents often feel more pressure to keep kids entertained. This week I’m sharing a craft that’s fun and ensures your kids don’t forget what they learned before school let out! The great thing is, you probably have most of the supplies at home already! If not, get creative and use what you have readily available.Β  Continue reading “Summer Activity”

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

I thought it would be fun to play a little “Kids Say the Darndest Things” today. One thing I love about kids (especially young ones) is their nature to say whatever is on their mind. They say it because they feel it, because it’s their truth, and without malice. Sometimes we find it shocking, others it’s embarrassing, and often times it’s hilarious. Continue reading “Kids Say the Darndest Things!”

Social Media & Strangers


Last week I watched a social experiment on YouTube. The host of the video asked several parents for permission to see how they would react to a stranger. The thing is, this wasn’t elementary school kids at a park. They weren’t being lured by candy or balloons. This was teenagers on social media. This first video in particular, focused on girls. A fake account was created with the profile photo of a teenage boy. The video host then talked to the girls for a few days and tried to see if they would meet up with him. One girl met him at a local park only to find her dad was there waiting as well. Another girl, just 12 years old invited him over to her house once she thought her dad was asleep. In a different video, another 12-year-old girl was out playing Pokemon and got into the car of an older man who said he’d help her catch a rare one. Continue reading “Social Media & Strangers”

Raising Positive Kids Part I

This post comes by request after Tikeetha read a post on perception determining your reality. She asked for tips on shaping your child’s perception when they tend to focus more on the negative than the positive. This is something adults and children alike struggle with. If children can be taught how to deal with this from an early age, it will be something that can serve them well as they grow. I’m going to share my personal practice I’ve used to train my brain to pay attention to the positive things. These tips will be a combination of what you can do as the parent in addition to what you can teach your child.

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Child-lead Memory-making Learning


One thing I particularly enjoy about homeschooling is the approach of child-lead learning. While I’ve decided to order curriculum to make planning easier for me, there are so many opportunities to teach. You don’t have to be a homeschooled family to do it either. For instance, my girls and I read The Boxcar ChildrenΒ before they go to bed. We were reading a chapter about the kids needing to write but they didn’t have a pen to write with. I asked my daughter what they could use instead of a pen given their circumstances. Continue reading “Child-lead Memory-making Learning”

Oak Meadow here we come!

I was recently considering enrolling my daughter in a local Waldorf school. I absolutely loved everything about it but after weighing the pros and cons, it’s not going to work for our family at this time. Instead, I’ve decided to utilize a Waldorf inspired curriculum to homeschool this year. Continue reading “Oak Meadow here we come!”

Parenting Book Club!


I have two young kids and I’m not going to lie, sometimes it can really be a challenge! A couple of years ago, I purchased a book that I found incredibly helpful. My husband and I read it together and found it to be a very good tool in our parenting toolbox. You know how it is, things got busy, we stopped reading regularly and then forgot about the book. We’re at a point that we found ourselves reaching for our toolbox and the chapter we left off on was the perfect tool for the issue! Continue reading “Parenting Book Club!”

Groceries & Family Dynamics


One thing I don’t particularly enjoy doing is grocery shopping. It’s a necessary evil, I know but hear me out. I plan the meals, make the list, prep the food, cook it, serve it, I think I can get away without shopping for it. That being said, after not stepping foot in a grocery store for months, I do enjoy going every now and then because it feels new. The funny thing is, I never know what I’m going to get. My husband inevitably mixes things up or just forgets to grab ingredients. That’s considering I send him with a checklist organized by the order he’ll find things in the aisles.Β  Continue reading “Groceries & Family Dynamics”

Playful Memories

As a kid, I remember spending a lot of time playing outside. I lived in a small town in Germany and we had a large yard to play in. I spent a lot of my afterschool and weekends playing make-believe outside, running, riding my bike, and in the yard. My mom could see us from the kitchen window and we would have the kids that lived down the street come play. Continue reading “Playful Memories”