Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!
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Book Review - Being Frank (Talking with Kids about Thoughtfulness and Honesty)
My 10 year old son and I just read a
delightful new children’s book, titled “Being Frank”.It was written by Donna
Earnhardt and illustrated by Andrea
Castellani.It is about a little boy who
shares his opinions SO honestly that it hurts feelings and relationships.
The book has a great message
for adults training children with a knack for being a bit too frank.This was a BIG struggle for my daughter at
age 4.I vividly (and with horror)
remember her loudly sharing in front of the waiter “Mommy, he’s really fat.”,
and in front of a woman at the pool, “Mommy, she’s not modest.”.And my 7-year old son told me last month, “You’re
not good at telling jokes mom, you’re not very funny.You should just stick to talking.”All true, but definitely not shared with
Earnhardt offers a
lovely and humorous way to talk with young children about being respectful and
thoughtful while also being honest.She
shares great examples of the good and bad ways to express your honest opinions.
Daniel, age 10, says, “I
like the book.It teaches you how to
tell the truth, and it’s really funny.”
This is a good resource
for counselors to use in class.It’s
good for parents and grandparents to read to children ages 4-8, and possibly
even with middle school children.The website
also has creative activity downloads to further enhance the lessons.
The Armistead family taught our children a lovely blessing to sing at the dinner table. It is sung to the tune of the children's classic song, Are You Sleeping?
God our Father God our Father Once Again Once Again We bow our heads to thank you Bow our heads to thank you Amen Amen
We love this blessing, and we've recently adapted it to involve younger children and guests. Instead of everyone singing each phrase twice, we sing it as an 'echo prayer'. One child leads the song, starting with the first phrase, "God our Father". The rest of the table echoes. Then the leader leads the second phrase , "once again", before waiting for the table to echo. And so forth, until the whole blessing is sung.
It's an easy way to remind our children (and ourselves) to give thanks to our Provider and Sustainer throughout the day.
Reader Question: I am in charge of creating 74 goody bags for an upcoming marriage retreat for my church, and I am in desperate need for some frugal, creative ideas on what I could put in these bags. In the past I know people have put little candy bars, a bag of microwave popcorn, a couple of packs of hot chocolate, tea bags etc so I was looking for ideas that might be something similar, but maybe a little different too. Would you have any fun thoughts on this?
A Few Ideas: Visit www.likemerchantships.blogspot.com - Meredith does a fantastic time being incredibly hospitable on a budget.Our women's retreat coordinators wrapped the following things in a cellophanebag: a mininotebook, a pen, a candle, peppermints, chocolate kisses,and a colored paper quote/scripture. A friend just suggested packing candies that correspond to questions: an almond joy - share a joyful moment in your marriage, a hershey kiss - something about your first kiss, snickers - laughs, lifesavers - when your…
My two boys LOVE legos, so they naturally end up scattering lego creations and random lego pieces throughout the house. Last weekend, we converted their closet to be a LEGO WORLD. Now they can store lego (and knex) pieces in their lego world, they have instructions for all of their kits in a ziplock bag, and they have a place to display their favorite ships. And I have a mostly lego-free kitchen and living room!!