The Carpet Picnic (with Sweetcorn Fritters)

Once you have moved to a country that boasts outdoor living, it is really hard to admit that for a few months of the year, the living is best kept inside, where there are fires and a distinct lack of Antarctic winds. The children, being 50% mule and 50% whirling dervish, are even more reluctant to give up on the idea of eating at the beach. That is, right up until the point where we are eating on the beach and they realise that we weren’t lying about the Antarctic winds....more

Moms just don't understand

Sometimes I have to take a step back and reassess my lot in this motherhood gig. My Loud Child is ridiculously smart and is never more than a stern 1,2,3 warning away from timeout thanks to his disastrous mix of curiosity and audacious defiance of the house rules....more

The Girl Who Wanted To Be A Boy

Disclaimer:  I realize this is a sensitive subject for many.  Please, understand this was not written with a heart of condemnation, but rather with a heart wanting to understand. ...more
The parents haven't made any permanent changes. They're just calling him a little boy because he ...more

5 Reasons I Need A Hamster Like A Hole In My Head

My big boys are trying to rope me into getting them a hamster by being so inventive in building their own hamster house. For the love of Pete, I need a hamster in my house like I need a hole in my head. We already have three boys (if I stopped there, that would be enough), a dog, and two chickens. ...more
Hamsters are nocturnal animals, they need things to chew on, and plenty of room to move around. ...more

5 Ways To Cultivate Joy

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending three days at a Bible Study Fellowship Leaders Conference.  Amazing does not even begin to describe the experience.Meanwhile, my husband was holding down the fort at home.  In addition to the regular responsibilities, shuttling kids to games and practice, making sure everyone was fed, etc., I imagine my guys spent a considerable amount of time jumping on the trampoline, watching movies that mom may not approve of, and playing Minecraft....more

The truth about motherhood

The truth about motherhood

Kids do not come with instruction manuals.How many times have you heard that? I’ve been hearing it my entire life. My mother and other adults would tell me those wise words when I was questioning some decision they made or some injustice that was inflicted upon me as a “dumb know every damn thing” teenager. I’ve even heard it from my therapist and senior family members when I’m fretting or crying over a regretted parenting decision....more

10 Things You Should Know BEFORE You Come Over For Dinner

On Friday, we had some friends over for dinner.  As I cleaned ALL DAY preparing for their visit, I entertained myself by coming up with a list of things every guest should know before they come to our house....more
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Teaching My Son How to Manage Money

My husband and I really want our children learn the value of saving money, and we've already started with our six-year-old son Zach....more

Free Science Online Activities for Kids

I want to introduce you to our website - EasyScienceforKids.com. Our site offers fun facts about science and the world around us that is easy for kids to comprehend and fun for them to learn. It will give educators and parents free worksheets for kids, to help children with listening comprehension, reading comprehension etc. I hope our site will help kids grow to know and love our planet and its creatures....more