Forum Highlights: February

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It’s time once again to highlight all the fascinating and helpful discussions that are going on in the Keeper of the Home community forum these days!

I love, love, love to see that the number of members is growing every week. Welcome, everyone!

If you haven’t joined yet and are unsure of what the forum is all about, you can start here by reading more about my vision for the forum, and then sign yourself up as a member and jump right in! It might just take me up to a couple days to approve your membership, simply because I approve each one manually, rather than automatically, to ensure that the forum stays clean and free of spam (and so far, so good!).

Nutrition- Silly questions about soaking

Nutrition- Help me decode the sugar alternatives

Recipes- Liver! How do you eat it?

Recipes- Needed: Recipes for sprouts

Household Cleaning- Disposing of non-natural cleaning products

Household Cleaning- Tea Tree Oil

Natural Remedies- Diarhea

Natural Remedies- Cavities

Supplements- Probiotic recommendation?

Food (Frugality)- Budgeting requiring cuts- where to cut?

Pregnancy- Midwife vs. OB/GYN? Differences?

Recycling- What to do with styrofoam trays?

Training and Discipling (Mothering)- Training a child with a natural “messy” tendency (So this is my own question- I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

Encouragement for those who are tired and weary (Mothering)- Feeling in over my head

Curriculum (Homeschooling)- Looking for creation-based science books

Lastly, this would be a great time to get some discussion going in the gardening section, as we plan and prepare for the upcoming season. A few good places to start are the Newbies board, or General Gardening Topics, or Seeds.

Two questions for you today- What would make the forum a more valuable place for you to visit? And are there any topics that you would like to see that aren’t in there right now?

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I will learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  2. @Stephanie, Oh, good idea! I’m not sure how to set it up like that, but let me take a look around and see if I can figure it out! There may also be an option for you, in your personal settings in the forum, that allows you to do that. I’ll have to look into that more to see how it works!

  3. I would love to receive an email notice when a topic I have started or replied to has been responded too. Often times I forget to come back and check and this would be helpful for my scatter brain :)

  4. I have been thinking for awhile about how to connect with like-minded Christian moms who are living in my area. What about a topic which would serve to connect readers with others who physically live in the same area as each other?

  5. Wow! That all looks great. I am going to check it out!

    I had to laugh about your daughter’s messy tendencies. I have a messy child too. We are working on it. I love the suggestions Phebe gave. Great stuff.

  6. I’ll be jumping in as soon as my membership is approved. After looking over the list the only thing I personally would like is perhaps a forum regarding marriage. I currently don’t have kids, so that limits the areas where I can really go.
    .-= Untypically Jia´s last blog ..Why I Shouldn’t Ever Work as a Vitamin Salesperson =-.

  7. Hey Steph! After looking over the stuff from the forum, I have signed up! And I thought I was the only one who was completely CONFUSED by sugar alternatives… :)
    I haven’t gotten my approval yet, so I’ll just give a couple of suggestions about your daughter’s messy tendencies here, if that’s okay. First of all, I feel your pain… I tend to be a neat and organized person, to a certain degree (even when I was a kid). I don’t mind messes, but can’t stand clutter beyond a point. Anyway, I have a very artsy, creative daughter who is 8 y/o (plus 4 and 2 y/o daughters). So, the problem is, how to let my daughter be who she is–i.e. not squash her creativity–and yet keep a decently tidy house?
    I’ve decided to come at it from the angle of “being neat is a way of being kind to others”–not making others clean up your mess, not leaving things where others cannot find them, etc. We’ve talked about this, as well as about how neatness is a skill to learn for being a mommy one day. I think that made her feel grown up.
    Anyway, I set up a few parameters about neatness and stuck to them:
    1. Your floor has to be clear before you go to bed (not everything piled on the desk, it’s okay to leave out projects, but no yarn, fabric scraps, cardboard all over the floor)
    2. You have to clean your room once a week. We did this together when my daughter was younger. We put away everything neatly and I ask her to go through her “art stuff”, and throw out things she’s no longer using, etc. She has ample space for her projects, and when that is full, she has to get rid of some. After a while, my daughter actually came to like this time of week. It was “inspiring” to have a clean slate. She loved decorating her room in some new way when we were done–fine by me!
    3. You have to put away what you’re playing with/working on before you get out something else. I enforce this with all my kids! It’s fine to get out the blocks and plastic animals to play with together, but you may not run off to paint and leave them all over the floor.
    4. If you lose something repeatedly due to messiness or thoughtlessness, then you have to pay for it. This might apply to the barrette situation. :) One of my daughters used to leave her shoes outside all the time in the summer, and the dog started chewing on them. After the second pair had been ruined, I made her do several chores for money and then “pay” me for a new pair (it was no where near what they actually cost, but I think she got the concept–she never did it again). The message is, “you have to be responsible”–which is how life works.
    5. Generally, I think that it’s easier for kids to get the concept of neatness as they get older. Also, I think that simply being consistent is what works the best: calling your daughter (in a cheerful tone!) to come clean up her mess EVERY time she leaves her toys lying out. Also, having her do chores every day helps. Having simple routines in place–clean up your toys before dinner, rinse your toothbrush before putting it away, etc. Being consistent is my hardest struggle as a mom, but after awhile the kids really do start to clean things up out of habit. And it is nice when the oldest “gets” it, as they set some of the habits for the younger ones. I often hear my oldest telling her sisters to help clean up their toys before getting out something new.

    Hope a few of those things help…


  8. Oops I also wanted to add that sometimes it appears those buttons at the top are not working- the ones where you can see all the newest unread topics. I am missing things by only clicking there? Maybe its just me. I am not good at technology. LOL

    Also sometimes when writing say like a 3 paragraph answer, I do try to keep it short, but sometimes it requires more, and the program seems to not want me to keep writing as I can’t scroll down anymore to see what I am writing…not sure how to describe it but if I keep writing I can’t see the words appear on the screen anymore?

  9. I’d love to see a place to discuss kitchen equipment- blenders, knives, grain grinders, that sort of thing… and also a place to discuss family based activities, ideas, traditions- ideas for family fun and ways to bind family together as we teach our children about Christ. Ways to be family based in life as it seems our culture is constantly seperating that and we need to build it.

  10. I signed up for the forum a while back and then completely forgot about it. It looks great – I’ll be exploring some more this weekend!

  11. This looks like a good list.
    .-= Jena´s last blog ..Blitz-it Friday #37 =-.