Do you find Halloween to be fun? Stressful? Scary? Annoying? All of the above? How can you make Halloween really work for your family? In this week’s encore episode, Saren reads her post, A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to Simple Halloween Fun, and shares some of the many great comments from readers that offer further ideas. The principles […]
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A Mother’s Day to Remember
A year ago, I was dreading Mother’s Day. But the day turned out quite differently than I had expected. Looking back, I realize it was not because of special treatment I received, but because I made a decision to find joy in the day no matter what.
Low-Stress Easter Ideas – Episode 203
In this episode, April and Saren share ideas for celebrating Easter in a meaningful, but very simple way. Whether you want ideas for how to make dyeing eggs more fun and less stressful or want quick but powerful ways to teach your children about the events of Holy Week, this episode is for you!
Encore: Planning What Matters Most for Christmas – Episode 184
With the holidays right around the corner, Saren and April offer great ideas to help you figure out what events and activities are most important for YOUR family and plan how to get things done in an efficient and stress-free way.
A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to Simple Halloween Fun
How do we handle the hyped-up but somewhat meaningless holiday of Halloween? Saren shares what works for her family when it comes to costumes, pumpkins, sugar, parties, and scary but not-too-scary books and movies.
A “Do-it-Themselves” Halloween
Last year we had a do-it-yourself Halloween. By that, I don’t mean that I got all crafty with Pinterest-inspired stuff. I mean the kids did it THEMSELVES. And it worked out just great. We’re going for the same approach this year!
Helping Kids Understand the Meaning of Independence Day
We love the fun parades, barbecues, and fireworks, but here are some ideas to teach the real meaning of the holiday!
A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to a Christ-Centered Easter
Easter can be simple, cheap, and oh-so-meaningful. Here are Saren’s favorite ideas for easy, Christ-focused Easter traditions.
Setting Simple Family Resolutions
Most of us set some personal resolutions in January. But what about our families? This is a great time to discuss what’s working and not working in our families and decide on some things we’re going to work on together.
Taking (some of) the Stress out of Christmas Day
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.
Small Tradition, Big Joy: Unique Story Ornaments
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.
Our children will one day be full-fledged adults in the real world where self-respect, self-discipline, responsibility, wise decisions, and hard work are required. What can we do now to help them become that way?