25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I’m sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only have boys! (Until this summer … when we expect a little girl!) I don’t know about your family, but with my boys, when it’s nice outside, we spend nearly all our waking hours outdoors. We don’t have a “huge” piece of property by any means, […]

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

By Michele, Contributing Writer Some of our family’s favorite memories have been created when we plan “dates” with our kids! Although we love experiencing adventures together as an entire family, we try to occasionally carve out one-on-one time for each child individually. This might be a “girls only” afternoon with my daughter, an outing with my oldest son, or maybe Daddy taking out his little girl. Here are a few of our ideas that we’ve enjoyed; each are frugal enough to repeat often! Art/Craft Afternoon […]

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activities

How to Intentionally Choose Children's Extracurricular Activities Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Dance, gymnastics, art, music, drama, sports, scouts, choir: Today our children are busier than ever. How can we, as parents, intentionally choose our children’s extracurricular activities? No doubt, there are many benefits in activities beyond the realm of academics, but where is the line? How much is too much when it comes to extracurriculars? I most definitely don’t have all of the answers, but I’m hoping that with careful consideration my family can be more strategic and intentional in this […]

How to Help Your Kids Kick the Screen Habit With a “No Screen Month”

How to Help Your Kids Kick the Screen Habit with "No Screen Month"! at keeperofthehome.org

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but for some reason when February arrives I feel the strong need to hit the reset button for our family. I’m sure it’s the time off over the holidays, and the cold weather, and being stuck inside, but we all start to get a little crabby and cranky. This year, my kids have already had eight snow days and were off of school more days then they were in school this month! So we’re off-schedule […]

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 […]

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 […]

Child Labor and the Chocolate Industry

An Ethical Response to Child Labor in the Chocolate Industry at KeeperoftheHome.org

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I settled in on the couch with my laptop and a few pieces of candy leftover from our Christmas stockings to watch two documentaries exposing the rampant use of forced child labor on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast of Africa. The candy I was savoring? You guessed it – mass-produced mini chocolate bars. My stomach churned as I realized the irony. Chocolate. Rich and sweet and delicious. A luxury. And yet not really. The average American consumes about 11 […]

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. […]