When Natural Consequences Don’t Work

Sometimes children do things we don’t want them to do. Sometimes that’s drawing hearts and stars on walls, doors, floors. Sometimes it’s possible to over look the art work, clean it up ourselves, and move on without mentioning it to the child. Sometimes something more is needed. One of our kiddos likes to draw. On…

Teaching Thankfulness and Gratitude

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the difference between a day and a whole life. Sometimes it’s difficult to see the difference between life and a moment.  *The words in italics are about my spirituality. Feel free to skip that and just read about how we guide our children to being thankful and showing gratitude. * Easter is…

Failure to Thrive

As a nurse working in the Intermediate Care Nursery with premature babies we watched for and treated babies who were ‘failure to thrive’. Those babies didn’t grow, didn’t develop. Sometimes it was a simple matter to help those babies thrive, sometimes it took more work to find out why those babies didn’t thrive. Today I…

A Box With No Windows

A friend recently told me about a parenting moment where he yelled at one of his children, repeatedly, while they were on an outing together. At the end of the outing they were both angry, upset and picking fights with everyone else. Instead of building connection, the outing pushed a wedge between them. While my friend and…

So Busy, So Happy!

Our life has been so busy lately, but such a  good busy! Some of you already know that I’m creating more and more wire sculptures, and selling them! It’s been pretty amazing! The desire to create with wire crept up on me last year, and then it just took over! I’m spending all free time working…

Time and Attention

Right now our family is so busy with classes, crafting, and renos, I have few moments left over for anything extra. But my children often find themselves with nothing to do except notice all the moments I don’t spend with them. Agatha’s really felt forgotten a lot lately. Eight going on nine is such a difficult age…

Toy Story Trouble

Over the past few months we’ve been getting rid of stuff and really looking at what we use and don’t use, so we can make our home more joyful. We want to be able to use the space (and the stuff) we have without needing to put a ton of effort into cleaning in order…

It’s a Disney Life

To pass time while we wait for winter to be over, we’re starting our 3rd annual family Disney Movie tradition. Each year we plan a list of Disney movies to watch (yes, sometimes we add other movies as well). With each movie we add a couple activities that we do together as a family during…

Fostering Connection

It’s not always easy to foster connection with the people we love. Sometimes we’re tired, hungry, stressed, or just worn out. Connection isn’t always easy, but it’s always important. This week I’ve found myself connecting more by stepping back than by stepping toward my children. We went swimming this week. Brom wanted to learn to…

Ten years of Ella

Yesterday Ella turned 10. Tens years since our beautiful baby girl was born. Every day has been an adventure ever since! To celebrate her birthday she wanted a World of Warcraft themed party, complete with sleepover, movie and gaming Sarah went all out crafting all sorts of things for the party: A quest themed invitation,…

Moana!

Spoilers!! * * * I warned you!! 😉 We had no doubt we’d love ‘Moana’. After all, our puppy’s named Moana. But we had no idea how much we’d love this movie! First, best line EVER!! (may be misquoted) “You’re a girl, on an adventure, with an animal sidekick. You’re a princess.” 😀 First, the…