Our ‘Sunday Fun Day’ Is A Lifesaver And Here’s Why

Our ‘Sunday Fun Day’ Is A Lifesaver And Here’s Why

By Jen Murphy “The time goes by so fast!” is a common phrase out of my mother’s mouth. In fact, she says it so much that it gets annoying, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. There are so many things that demand our time – work, school, household chores, appointments – that the(…)

How To Create A Fun Family Mission Statement

How To Create A Fun Family Mission Statement

By Jen Murphy Every successful business has a mission statement. So why don’t families? Just like a business, families have goals, dreams, and a sense of purpose. Maybe it sounds a bit silly, or over the top, but families can create mission statements to establish or maintain goals, too! Creating a mission statement isn’t hard, and(…)

5 Tips For Giving Children Their Own Space In A Shared Room

5 Tips For Giving Children Their Own Space In A Shared Room

By Vicki Little Sharing a room with your sibling is one of those things that you don’t really appreciate until you are much older. You can look back and realize how much closer you became with your sibling, and how much fun you had giggling after lights-out. But at the time, sharing a room can(…)

Home-Based Schooling: 5 Reasons It’s The Right Choice For My Kids

Home-Based Schooling: 5 Reasons It’s The Right Choice For My Kids

By Vicki Little I’ve always carried an image around in my head about homeschooling that looks like a scene from “Little House on the Prairie.” For years, the stigma attached to home-schooled children has been that they are “strange,” “socially awkward,” or “ill-prepared for the real world.” These are outdated ideas that are quickly disappearing(…)

7 Simple Ways To Teach Your Kids To Be Independent

7 Simple Ways To Teach Your Kids To Be Independent

By Vicki Little As parents we want to protect our children and take care of their every need. Sounds great in theory, but in reality, too much protection equals too little independence for children. Trying to find the perfect level of independence for your children is a bit like parenting Red Riding Hood. One approach is(…)

What Your Kids Are REALLY Doing During School Lunch

What Your Kids Are REALLY Doing During School Lunch

By Vicki Little Ah, we work so hard trying to instill good table manners in our children. We say the same things so many times that they slip out as easily as asking someone to pass the salt. “How was your day? Get your elbows off the table, please.” Or “That sounds great, but please(…)

Organics: Dirty Facts Behind Clean Eating

Organics: Dirty Facts Behind Clean Eating

Adapted excerpt from Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids by Brett Graff. Available from Seal Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2016. Clean eating and chemical-free sleeping are worthy goals for our families. The warnings are undeniable: Pesticides sprayed on fruit will alter hormone(…)

What? My Kid? The Call I Didn’t Want To Get From My Child’s Teacher

What? My Kid? The Call I Didn’t Want To Get From My Child’s Teacher

©depositphotos.com/michaeljung By Jen Murphy A few weeks ago, my almost 14-year-old son sent me a text message: “Mrs. N says she’s going to call home sometime.… I’ll describe it all to you later, but I promise I didn’t do anything.… I’m sorry this is happening. I really need you to believe me on this, even(…)