Last year for Christmas, while I was focused on finding the perfect presents for each of my children, God used my one-year-old to show me what I needed for Christmas, too.
I think having a totally stress-free holiday as The Mother is completely unrealistic. I don’t expect perfection, but these are a few of the strategies I’m going to employ over the next few days so that I can experience as little stress as possible on the big day.
You can’t force a moment. I know this but sometimes I still try. Yesterday there were lots of not-so-good moments. The kids were cranky and needy and I worked hard all day but didn’t feel like I got much done. We were late to everything because of domino effects of dumb little things that kept...
As a mom, you have the opportunity to see the sparkle in your children’s eyes, so be deliberate in what you want to accomplish this season. Don’t be so overwhelmed and overscheduled that you miss it.
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Saren shares simple, tried-and-true ideas for how your children can help children in need during the holidays.
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When I was growing up, my siblings and I worked hard in November and December to earn money for Christmas presents. You see, along with the joy of receiving, my parents really wanted us to fully experience the joy of GIVING at Christmastime. So from the time we were very young, we worked, earned money...
What does this mother really want for Christmas? A personal shopper. I’m starting to think the idea of Santa Claus and his toy-making elves came from a desperate mother like myself who doesn’t enjoy shopping.
The Family Fun Jar has become one of the most anticipated gifts our children get on Christmas Day - and it's a gift that keeps on giving all year long. Learn about how to create your own Family Fun Jar and check out the free download offered.
Check out some great ideas and insights for protecting what matters most during the holidays -- and enjoy great suggestions for holiday read-aloud classics.
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A Ryder moving van, a Wheel of Fortune, a torched Hot Wheels car: what decorates your Christmas tree? It’s the treasured little things that bring us together for the holidays, and author Kim Hall shares how they have made “Story Ornaments” a beloved family tradition.
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Author Kim John Payne asks if we are building our families on “the four pillars of ‘too much’: too much stuff, too many choices, too much information, and too fast.” Then he discusses four layers of simplification: 1) environment; 2) rhythm; 3) schedules; and 4) filtering out the adult world.
We live in a society where bullying has become one of the top concerns of parents and educators. Katherine Mayfield's book "Bullied" isn’t just a book to talk about the face of bullying, but also a user manual for kids and adults that are placed in that situation.