Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Gifts

Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Gifts {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Toys lay scattered across the floors of my children’s bedrooms. Despite my daily reminders to pick up, chore chart attempts and a rotating toy system that did – for a time – work wonders, my children have no desire to routinely clean their rooms. I can’t say that I blame them. I didn’t want to when I was 4 or 6, either. As much as I think I’d like to help the process along by getting rid of most of their toys, […]

A Creative, Fun and Educational Gift (That Won’t Fill Your House With More Stuff Your Kids Don’t Need)

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I’m not into giving my kids a lot of stuff. Maybe you’re not either. As the holidays draw near, I tend to get a little anxious about how much new stuff will make its way into our home. Even more than that, I care about the type of stuff it is. Blinking, battery-operated, Disney-character emblazoned stuff that screams “I’ll entertain you!! (for a week, until you realize what a boring, stupid toy I am)” is not exactly high on my list of desirables. But stuff […]

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Children

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This post was originally published in December of 2012 but we find these suggestions to be a great list to revisit each year for inspiration and ideas as to how to introduce the holiday season to your little ones! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Isn’t Christmas with little ones wonderful? It’s been quite a Christmas here, already. We’ve suffered three broken ornaments (one vintage), one ripped Christmas book, two discovered presents, a missing baby Jesus, and our monstrous tree has toppled over twice. (Don’t worry: two tree stands, […]

A Day in the Life: Leigh Ann {A Work-at-Home Mom Relying on Grace}

A Day in the Life: Leigh Ann {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer It had been a long night. I made it 30 years without pulling an all-nighter. But we were down to the wire, and we had to get the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers to market on time. It was 5:30 a.m. before I crawled into bed for a prayerful couple of hours of sleep before my children woke from a full night’s rest ready for a new day. The cost of being a work-at-home-mom can be steep at times. […]

A Day in the Life: Rachel {Jam-Packed Busy Mom of 3}

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By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I’ve been a mom for 7 years now and in no way am I am expert, but I am getting much better at this gig than I was when I first became a mom. A few weeks ago we hosted small group at our own home for the first time and I was amazed by how young, yet grown up the other couples were. When I think back to my early mothering years I wasn’t anywhere close to how mature, financially responsible or […]

Are We Hurting or Helping Our Kids With Overprotective Helicopter Parenting?

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I remember the summer I was nine. Living in Maple Ridge, a small suburb of Vancouver, Canada, I had the utmost freedom. My bicycle took me everywhere. It whisked me away to imaginary play as a princess in the woods, or to build forts in a friend’s backyard, or a water fight at the school playground, or sometimes just to the corner store eight blocks from my house in search of baseball cards and sour soother candies. There was a great sense of empowerment. Oh […]

10 Minute Workouts for Busy Moms {That Really Work}

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I gave up trying to do lengthy workout videos long ago, and the gym hasn’t been much of a thought since my first baby arrived .  These days, I’ve got four kids around, at least one or two of whom have radar for when my feet hit the floor each morning.  In other words, it’s hard to find the time to workout, even if I wake up early. At least, not without being interrupted by “Can I have a glass of milk?” and “When are you going […]

A Day In the Life: Hilary {Homeschooling, Work-at-Home Mom of 2}

A Day In the Life: Hilary {KeeperoftheHome.org}

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer As I write this Day In the Life post, my family has just started our school year. As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom of 2, I’ve tried to create an ambitious daily schedule to fit all my work in during the year, but this is the first day I’ve actually put it into practice. I discovered – as usual – that life has its own rhythm and while I may have good intentions, I can’t schedule every part of my life. This […]