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Is How we Measure Success Hurting our Kids?

Recently I heard someone refer to a particular child as “so bright” because they were excelling in school and it struck a chord. Referring to a particular child as “bright” is essentially saying they are smarter than the others. It had me questioning by what standard we attribute a child’s intelligence. I have had well-meaning people […]

The Case for Having Kids

How many times have you heard someone tell you why they don’t want to have kids, or why you shouldn’t have kids, or why you should wait to have kids? A simple search on Google brought up 73,000,000 results against having children! Is that seriously happening?!?!?! The idea that kids are holding you down or […]

Yes Kids, It’s Okay to be Rude!

We spend the vast majority of our parenting journey teaching our kids to be nice. We teach them to be kind and caring. We read books on encouraging empathy in our kids and how to foster gentleness in them. It IS important for our children to learn tact, social etiquette and how to be independent members […]

Speaking Words of Life Into My Kids

I want to tell you a story. A story about a goofy little toddler who is rarely dressed in anything resembling a decent outfit. She spends half the time wearing princess costumes and the other half completely naked. She is a wild mixture of chaos and gentleness and she is ALWAYS needing me. One afternoon, […]

25 Creative Date Ideas When you Have No Babysitter

I love date night, but living on a remote island away from all our family and friends means a serious lack of babysitters! We all know the importance of a regular date night to keep the romance alive in your marriage, but HOW do you do that when you are stuck at home? Whether you […]

The key to the best grocery shopping trip with kids EVER!

I hate shopping by myself with the kids–I avoid it at all costs. The few times I have been forced to brave the isles of the grocery store alone have nearly always ended in catastrophe. The last time my 6 year old knocked over an entire tea display, my 2 and 3 year old nearly […]

5 Reasons my House is a Mess when You Come Over

Many people have asked me how I keep my house clean with 5 young children, the short answer… I don’t. Every day is a battleground with me: the vacuum, the dish pile, and the laundry pile. Every day I go through my lists and tidy up the random chaos of my home. And yet every […]

Yes Kids, It’s Okay to Say “No” to Adults!

Imagine with me, you’re at Thanksgiving dinner, surrounded by family. Kindly old Aunt Agnes comes over and starts gushing over your children. They are young, 3 and 4 years old, and instantly retreat behind your legs. You can tell they are nervous. Your aunt approaches this obvious resistance as a game, trying to reach them […]

I’m Bored Jar Printable

“I’m Bored”, we’ve all heard it before, I was sick of it so I stopped everything I was doing, sat down and designed THIS. My kids will never be bored again! If you have been following my blog or subscribe to my newsletter, you will have seen that we are currently trying to sell our […]

Masking: the Female Inclination to Say one Thing and Think Another

It has come to my attention that we, mothers/wives/women, have a problem. I will label it “masking”. We ALL do it at some time or another. I rarely come upon someone who does not, and often when I do I find them tactless and offensive. Ah, a conundrum indeed. Take the Quiz Find out if […]

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