A Day in the Life of Ann: Mom of 6 {3 Boys, 3 Girls, 5 Teens}

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer To prepare for this post, I read through several of the other writers’ previous Day in the Life posts to get an idea of how they are formatted and written as this is my first of this series. I wasn’t prepared for the flood of emotions that came forth as I relived memories of snuggling up to my little ones with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, staying in jammies on rainy days and jumping in mud puddles. My […]

A Day in the Life: Erin {work-at-home, part-time homeschooling mom of 3 girls}

  By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer This is the 3rd year for me to participate in the Keeper of the Home Day in the Life series (time flies!), and, at first, I was just going to post on our typical daily routine.  After all, in both 2012 and 2013 I posted on a chaotic day–and maybe you all are tired of hearing that from me.  But then I realized: You know what? That’s real life. And I want nothing more than to be real with you […]

What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

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

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)

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)

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 […]

One Chaotic Day in the Life of a Mom with Three Kids

By Erin, Contributing Writer In last year’s Day in the Life post, I confessed that I was in the midst of a very chaotic season. I had three kids; my oldest was a new 4, and my youngest was a newborn. The girls are now 5, almost 3, and 13 months. Life is still chaotic. Although I can say…since my baby turned 1, the fog is starting to lift! We moved into a new house in August, and I am still getting the house set […]

An Unexpected, Spontaneous Family Day

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As I sat down to write this day in the life post, I thought: “This was not really a ‘typical’ day for us, but, honestly, who has typical or normal days when you have little kids at home?!” Am I right?! This was a Monday–a day that turned out much differently then I had originally expected but became so much more than I could have even planned for. Keeping an openness and spontaneity is so important to my husband and […]