14 Types of Play to Stimulate a Child’s Creativity (Instead of Dumbing it Down)

14 Types of Play to Stimulate a Child's Creativity Instead of Dumbing It Down | keeperofthehome.org

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer Kids are a lot smarter than toy manufacturers give them credit for these days. Unfortunately, the gimmicky blinking and flashing cheap battery-operated plastic toys that provide cheap entertainment are becoming more and more the norm, as classic types of play are sadly undervalued. In our mainstream culture, the purpose of toys is mostly to merely entertain. If it sings the alphabet, it’s an automatic bonus. Not much thought beyond that is given to the design and marketing of toys (aside […]

Family Craft: Hand-painted Mugs

Family craft - hand-painted mugs

By Stacy, Contributing Writer When the cold days of winter seem to drag on, a family craft can be a welcome distraction. Yes, crafts can be messy, and even a little chaotic, but the act of working together to create something beautiful is fun and fulfilling (as long as you keep things fairly simple). Besides being simple, the nice thing about making hand-painted mugs is that the end product is useful and not just clutter (which, let’s face it, some crafts are)! How to paint […]

25 Chores Your 2-4 Year-Old Should Be Doing (And How To Get Him/Her To Work)

25 Chores Your 2-4 year olds should be doing!

Curious what chores your toddler or preschooler can do? Here are some tips! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I have two boys, ages four and two. They’re wonderful, and I love them immensely. But a few weeks ago, I had a phone conversation with my mom that went like this: Me: Mom, I seriously need help. I do not know what to do with these kids. They’re being so naughty. Mom: What are they doing exactly? Me:  Oh, they’re being awful! They don’t listen! They fight […]

Childhood Obesity: 4 Supersized Facts the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Childhood Obesity

By Andrea, Contributing Writer When we were given the task of tackling tough topics, I immediately thought of childhood obesity. The facts on childhood obesity cannot be disputed. One third of American children are currently obese according to the CDC. This is a monumental crisis when you consider that obesity leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems and fatty liver disease. (source) Have you ever tried to lose weight? You know it is hard. […]

Simple Christmas Craft: Candy Cane Striped Nails

Simple Christmas Craft Candy Cane Striped Nail

By Andrea, Contributing Writer This simple Christmas craft for candy cane striped nails is a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the tree while remembering the true meaning of Christmas. The nail is a reminder of the reason Christ came to us: to die on the cross that we might be reconciled with God. The red stripe is a reminder of the blood He shed for us. Start by making a quick trip to the hardware store. There you should be able to find 6-inch […]

Naturally Sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookies

Naturally Sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookies | keeperofthehome.org

By Diana, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year where the warmth of my oven brings forth sweet treats and smiling faces.   My boys and I, coated in flour, sugar and everything sticky, find delight in baking holiday treats. Of course we have our traditional favorites like polvorones, bunuelos, and turron de navidad that my boys always seem to ask for as soon as large snowflakes turn to blankets of snow. Besides our traditional favorites, we also spend time making buttered sugar cookies to ice […]

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Children

12 Christmas stories to read to children

Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!    By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud in the afternoon and at bedtime (and if you read to the end, I have a couple of bonus recommendations in that category). But the younger children find beautiful picture books especially delightful–particularly during the Christmas season. There are so many lovely Christmas stories […]

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives: Ditch the Chore Charts!

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]