Simple Hacks for Valentine’s Day

Simple Hacks for Valentine’s Day

These 14 simple hacks for Valentine’s Day is the perfect way to show some love this February 14th!  Shower those you love with one of these simple hacks for Valentine’s Day.

Simple Hacks for Valentine's Day

14 Simple Hacks for Valentine’s Day

Have an EPIC Valentine’s Day with One of These Hacks

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Books About Bullying

Books About Bullying

These books about bullying for kids help them understand the nature of bullies and why people bully.  Check out these books about bullying and talk to your kids today.

Books About Bullying for Kids

Books About Bullying for Kids

Talk to Your Kids About Bullies

In this day and age it’s so important to have the bully conversation with your kids early…which is sad but true.  Kids are going through emotions and bombarded with images that are making them grow up faster and faster.  Unfortunately, to deal with these changes some children turn to bullying in order to figure out where they fit in the world.  To make talking with your kids a little bit easier I wrote a post yesterday about talking with your kids about bullying and today I’m sharing with you some great books about bullying for kids. (more…)

Talking to Kids About Bullying

Talking to Kids About Bullying

Talking to kids about bullying can be tough….check out these tips about how to talk to your child about bullying– whether they’re the bully or the one being bullied.

Tips for Talking to Kids about Bullying

Kids & Bullys: Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Bullying

How to Talk To Your Child About Bullying

Bullying continues to be an issue in our schools and is a great concern for parents and educators. In fact, according to a 2015 report from the National Center for Education Statistics, 21.5 percent of kids report being bullied at school. (more…)

Keeping your children secure in a separation

Keeping your children secure in a separation

Today Heidi is sharing with us about keeping your children secure in a separation.  Make sure you check out Heidi and all of her wonderful parenting advice!

A separation can be incredibly hard on a person, and during one we can be so busy trying to adjust to a new life, that we forget to also take into account how our children are dealing with it. Here are a few ways to help your kids process your separation, and help them cope and keep secure through it.

Keeping Your Children Secure In A Separation

Helping your children cope emotionally

I’m a divorced mom of three young children, and love writing about family and relationships. When I’m not writing I’m walking on the beach, teaching my kids, reading or tutoring Maths.

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Letter from Santa for Free

Letter from Santa for Free

Receive a letter from Santa for free by following these simple instructions.  Your child will be delighted to receive a letter from Santa and you’ll be glad it’s free!

How to Get a Free Letter From Santa for Christmas

Letter from Santa for Free

Why Pay for Letters From Santa When You Can Get Them Free?!

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Two Systems to Maintain Order in Your Home

I have two new systems for you – just in time for the holidays.

Last month, I felt like there was some disarray in our home.

Lots of bickering. Lots of complaining. A lot of laziness. A little bit of entitlement.

I am sure this never happens in your home …. but just in case (wink, wink) I thought it would be a good idea to share what is working for us.

Mom Bucks

This system is going to forever replace our method of allowance and chores.

Why???

It works. It is simple to keep track of, and it gets the kids to get the job done.

It also reinforces responsibilities and behaviors that they will need to succeed as adults.

Mom bucks is the system that works to keep your home running well.

I first read about this system in Erin Harrison’s book Living Virtuously – A Wife’s Complete Guide to Keeping Her Heart & Home.

After first glance, I felt like it could work in our home. So off to work I went.

I first grabbed the free printable that Erin offers on her blog Keeper of the Homestead.

With my new currency in hand, it was time to sit down and think of the ways to earn and spend these mom bucks.

I created two charts: Earning Mom Bucks and Spending Mom Bucks.

For the earning chart, I thought of my two most important activities I want the kids to do more of and placed those at a value of 3 mom bucks. For my rowdy boys, it was playing board games and working a big puzzle together.

Everything else then is 1 mom buck.

Earning Mom Bucks Chart: Part of the System to Restore Order in the Home

You can grab this chart at Faith Filled Parenting.

The next chart was how the kids could spend the Mom Bucks.

Again, I gave the activities I wanted them to do the least the most value. ipad, movie, TV all are 3 mom bucks per 30 minutes.

Everything else is worth one mom buck.

A couple of notes:

  • I started to make my kids pay 1 mom buck for snacks that are not fruit or veggies. I find my kids eat more of the meals I prepare when they have to work for the snack rather than just grabbing it.
  • I also have the right to take away mom bucks at any time. Bad attitude, disrespect, fighting with siblings all require the loss of mom bucks.

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This chart is also available at Faith Filled Parenting.

I sat down with the kids and explained our new currency and method.

They each started out with 20 mom bucks.

I know, I know that sounds like a lot, but I know my kids.

I wanted them to gain confidence in the system so they would work hard and give it a try.

And it worked!

The kids love this system. It holds them accountable. It holds me accountable. And it keeps our home running smoother.

You need to try this system!

My Day, Your Day

This idea was born from a place of despair and honestly, guilt.

Now I am always telling my readers to let go of mommy guilt. Throw it out the window.

But in this instance, I think it was the right kind of convicting guilt.

As a mom of five children, it was difficult to remember everything.

When it was time for the kids to make a choice or a decision, I seemed to rashly choose the person who had the best day.

Soon I began to realize that this was the same two kids over and over.

While the other three sometimes more stubborn, a little more wild, and not as obedient children were never getting a chance to choice.

This was not right, and I knew that all my kids needed the chance to make a decision in our family.

My day, your day is a simple concept. Every day has a name attached to it.

My Day, Your Day. The ticket to end the bickering.

When there is a decision to be made, we just look at the calendar, see whose day it is, and the problem is solved!

This system is so simple to implement.

I pray that these systems will bless your family as you grow together on his journey of life.

My Day Your Day