Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin)
We’ve been working on our little jobs and chores around the house, divvying them up between ourselves, taking turns cleaning different areas of the house. I just finished making a little wheel chart, that spins every week to switch jobs around. Anything new always brings in a little extra excitement, even if it’s only about cleaning and doing jobs.

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Parenting One-liners

I found some very helpful One-liners the other day, that can’t go unseen, so here they are for you. They’re from Vicki Hoefle and when you get a chance, I’m sure you’d love to check out her blog at I love having it so clearly laid out for me of things I can say to my kids or things I shouldn’t say. Of course, it’s for us parents to be spirit led and choose when to use each one, or ask ourselves: Which one would be the most appropriate for the time? Which will have the best effects? Etc.
Hope you have a great day, filling your homes with a little more encouragement during the rest of the summer vacations.
From Vicki:
“Sometimes, as parents, we find ourselves in situations we don’t necessarily want to be in.

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Morality is Respect

I came across a book excerpt from “Raising Good Children”, by Thomas Lickona. It had a lot of good reminders in there for me, even though it was written back in the 80’s. So I thought I’d share it with you all. Enjoy.

Morality is Respect
Parents need to respect children and require respect in return. Discipline must be respectful and model the restraint, gentleness, and fairness we expect of our children. As children get older, we need to ask for and consider their opinions when setting rules and consequences.

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Walking with my kids

I’m a fast walker, and while out with my son the other day, I was getting a bit frustrated with his lack of keeping up with my pace. He wasn’t noodling or going slow on purpose. The problem was on my end, I was going too fast.

I was about to verbally express my frustration, but then a thought halted my intention. I got down on his level and asked; “Am I walking too fast for you?”

He confirmed the obvious.

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What makes me sad?

Last night at dinner, we ended our meal with a few minutes of “Spin the Spoon” game, an iPhone game from Focus on the Family, where you spin the virtual spoon and get a random question to answer. One question that I got was: “What is something that makes you sad, and why?” It didn’t take long for me to answer that one. Without much thought I said, “I am sad when my kids are sad.”

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Enjoying bonding moments together

We’ve spent the last week and a half enjoying our meals as a family a bit more. We have a routine already set, and it’s only taken a week and a half to make it a habit. Can you guess why? Because it’s FUN, it’s a joy and something we look forward to. Try making a habit of eating ice cream every day, and it would also be enjoyable (at least for a little while).

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Looking for the good in my kids

On a very good day, my son comes home from school, takes out his books and begins his homework. What a proud mother I am when that is the case! He begins working on homework that he’s familiar with and then continues by asking me for help, with the things he doesn’t know. I am eager and happy to help when I he’s got a cheerful attitude about it.

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Discover children’s strengths

I have often felt discouraged or frustrated as a mother because my kids don’t seem to be doing so well academically. They are slow learners, you could say, even though I started them from a very young age and they picked up reading very early, as we did homeschooling and incorporating plenty of fun and games for learning. But now things have changed and they go to school and don’t seem focused or inspired to continue to learn as they used to.

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Raising Moral Kids

How can we teach kids what is right and wrong, and how can we instill moral characteristics?
As a parent, I’m ultimately responsible for raising children with good values. I can’t cross my fingers and hope that they will learn them at school. In fact, they usually come home with a few new attitudes that may need some unlearning.

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