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Lessons Kids Learn Through Sports

Tweet As a parent, I’ve become something of an expert in finding life lessons to share with my kids in our everyday activities. Sports have proven to be an unending source of educational opportunities, whether we’re participating or just watching. As we have spent a lot of time watching various sporting events lately, from national […]

Five Tips for Surviving After a Sleepless Night

Tweet Sleepless nights are an unfortunate consequence of becoming a parent. Whether your kids are infants and haven’t quite figured out the whole sleeping through the night thing or if they’re older and struggling with sleep for a different reason, parents still need get up and function in the morning. This struggle has hit home […]

7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Paying a Sitter

Tweet Valentine’s Day was such a different thing back before children. There was money for elaborate date nights and you didn’t have to hire a sitter or you could just celebrate at home without having to cut up anyone’s food or be interrupted fifty-seven times to check for monsters under the bed. While I wouldn’t […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate Printable

Tweet   We’re just a few weeks away from Valentine’s Day – another holiday that allows us to show those we love just how much we care. However, coming right on the heels of Christmas and other gift-giving holidays and during a time of year that can be a bit of a financial challenge for […]

Birthday Party Ideas for Tween Boys

Tweet It’s that time of year again at our house! We’ve got birthdays coming up and need to figure out some fun ways to celebrate. With soon-to-be 11 and 12-year-olds, coming up with a birthday party idea that is “cool” enough to satisfy is becoming a bigger challenge every year. Character themed parties have phased […]

20 Ways to Entertain Older Kids on a Sick Day

Tweet   I can distinctly remember the feeling of a sick day when I was a kid. You know – the real sick days where it was a struggle to get out of bed, but after laying there for a few hours, you were just SO bored. You wanted to get up and do something, […]

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

Tweet   Most parents who have more than one child have to deal with sibling rivalry from time to time. My home is no exception. While my oldest son, who was an only child for 11 years, pretty much stays out of the fray, my 10 and 11 year olds are often found bickering, battling, […]

Teaching Kids About Different Cultures

Tweet In our house, as in most every home, holidays and traditions are an important part of who we are and the beliefs and experiences that created those traditions help to shape our view of the world. As a parent, I want my children to have an understanding of why these celebrations are so important […]