Tired of begging, nagging, and threatening your kids to clean up? Read these creative suggestions from Danielle Porter to make clean-up time fun!
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In this fun episode, Saren interviews her 9-year-old twins about their summer goals and about why goals and some “productive” activities are important during the summer. Feel free to have your children join you in listening to this one!
Why are we so busy? What good does it do? We used to rush from school and work and soccer practice to piano practice to the drive-through again for dinner to homework to collapse into bed and do the same thing the next day. I decided something had to change.
There are nine minutes in the day that can have the most impact on a child. Author Amy Makechnie has a sure way to make the most of them.
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.
After dealing with the accumulation of way too much stuff during a recent move, Saren figured out some rules of thumb to keep stuff from taking over again in her new house. She also tried a “stuff fast” which resulted in some great side effects. . .
Farnoosh Shahrokhshahi’s reaction to the passing grade his son, Aria, earned in math put them both on the Today Show. After seeing this father’s reaction (and the effect it had on his son), Allyson realized again how important it is to understand there are varying definitions of “success”, and to celebrate those successes like crazy.
Last year, Amy Makechnie’s 13-year-old daughter requested a lump sum allowance of $100. So, how did the experiment turn out? Read the follow up to Amy’s popular post.
Believe me, I wish I didn’t have to deal with the issue. But rather than wallow and whine about all the reasons it’s so hard to raise kids in the 2010’s, I prefer to take charge and make the best of it. And for me, that means getting smart about my children’s smartphones.
Homework time is upon us again! Chantol Sego has some excellent ideas to keep your kids on task: a “homework board,” a “homework box,” and project planning template you can download!
Shawni’s tried just about everything when it comes to teaching her kids about work and money. And she’s finally come up with a system that really works.
Summer is half over, and Allyson Reynolds finally made it to the library with her kids (for the first time). Needless to say, her best-laid plans to create a meaningful, productive summer for her children haven’t exactly come to fruition. But that’s OK!