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Chores for Kids

by Laura on February 21, 2011

Chores for Kids

So we know that work is a natural part of life, but how and when do we transition from doing everything for our kids to expecting them to do some things for themselves?  At what point do we start assigning chores to children and which chores are age-appropriate anyway? What practical systems work to consistently […]




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Work {And How Important Chores Really Are}

by Laura on February 15, 2011

Upcoming posts will have some thoughts and ideas on the importance of developing good work habits– in our kids and in ourselves.  There’ll be thoughts on the underlying value of work today and then practical ideas for chores, in the near-future. There is value in work. In laundry and dishes and diapers.  In typing emails […]




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Current Favs {Homeschooling Books}

by Laura on February 5, 2011

Current Favs {Homeschooling Books}

I used to scour the blogs of my friends who were homeschooling {okay, I still do}. I was hungry for suggestions from mothers who were a year or two ahead of me in the process of raising kids, and I wanted to peek into their bookshelves and see which titles were on them. Now, three […]




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When You Parent on Auto-Pilot

by Laura on January 18, 2011

When You Parent on Auto-Pilot

I was reading late last night when I couldn’t sleep, and I was struck by the reality that so often in parenting I slip into auto-pilot. Though I am with my children literally for the majority of every day, I wonder how much I end up co-existing, instead of investing. I wonder how often I […]




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Practically Speaking {Homeschooling Stations}

by Laura on October 26, 2010

Practically Speaking {Homeschooling Stations}

I’ve read many tips for homeschooling young children, but this is a new one which I think is pretty brilliant {and simple}.  My friend Laura Beth shared it with me just last week . . . With a 7, 5, and 3-year-old, I totally understand that entertaining the toddler while teaching your first-grader phonics is […]




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Practically Speaking {Homeschooling 15/15}

by Laura on September 11, 2010

This is a statement that I am learning to be true — If you are bored with homeschooling, they will probably be bored with it, too. If homeschooling to you is as fun as riding a stationery bike in a dark room with no music, then maybe it’s time to add a little variety to […]




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Practically Speaking {Coffee Table Toy}

by Laura on August 23, 2010

Boredom in the midst of plethora. That’s the story around these parts all too often.  Somehow the equation goes a little like this: 3 small children  + 8 hrs. at home  + infinite toys = “Mom, we don’t have anything to do.” Somehow when the matchbox cars and Connect Four game are hidden in the […]




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Post-Vacay

by Laura on August 19, 2010

“Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” “So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.” – selected verses from psalm 126, 127 {the Message} I unpack the suitcases and shake out the sand.  I run to the store and stock up on veggies, […]




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We are reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White as a family for our homeschooling this month.  The kids and I are enjoying this delightful book, and the novel has spilled into an integrated multi-week project for my first grader.  If you are looking for an easy, literature-based activity that sparks creativity and teaches the element […]




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Off the Bookshelf {May}

by Laura on May 26, 2010

For the Kids . . .  For the Mom . . .  So what are you (or your kids) reading these days? See more Off the Bookshelf.




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The Bribe

by Laura on May 17, 2010

I am not a parent who considers herself above a bribe.  In fact, I think we all bribe and are bribed, whether we like to admit it or not.  If we do the homework, we get an A.  If we make the numbers at work, we get the bonus.  If we clip the coupons, we […]




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