May 15 2013

An Update on Keith

Keith called us last week, feeling overwhelmed by the pain of losing his father. We had the chance to talk to Keith again this week - and what an amazing call it was! 

 

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May 14 2013

25 Things Every Kid Should Experience

What do you think is one experience every child should have? We've put together a list and would to hear what you would add! 

- going for ice cream

- having a best friend

- a factory tour

- hopscotch

- riding a bike

- jumping in a pile of leaves

- catching a frog

- failing

- a road trip

- visiting a museum

- cloud watching

- playing alone

- staring into space

- building a fort

- volunteering

- getting picked last

- fighting with a best friend

- climbing a tree

- playing an instrument

- playing in the rain

- having a crush

- attending a funeral

- catching fireflies

- a family picnic

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May 10 2013

Save on Shopping!

Here are some of the biggest shopping mistakes that we make. What are your shopping secrets? 

1.    Buying 5 before you own 1

2.    Shop in the center of the store (it’s where the most expensive items are)

3.    Rule of 3  if you can’t wear it with at least 3 things you already own, don’t get it

4.    Will your husband ask: Don’t you already have a shirt like that?

5.    If you have no where to wear it – don’t buy it.

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May 01 2013

Simple Ways to Raise Your Kids

I found this article - written by the author of several parenting books. I thought I'd pass it along to you! 

1. Eliminate an activity. They need to relax and they need to be bored but most of all, they need to not be in a hurry to get from place to place all the time. Look at everything your kids are doing and if it’s more than three big things a week eliminate one.

2. Read to them every night. Reading books every night is a great way to A) instill a love of reading, B) Be fully present with your child and C) Wind down for bedtime. It’s a win/win/win!

3. Find your own happiness. Happy parents make happy kids.

4. Love your kids for who they are. Lots of times we try to change our kids with the best intentions. We worry that they will get teased or not have the opportunities we want them to have unless they change but trust me - I've done the research on this and our kids are who they are. Our job is just to love them.

5. Watch the tone with your spouse. Don’t make your issues, your child’s issues.

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