The dreaded temper tantrum. The tears and moans over the smallest things. The joys of a 2yr old’s emotional roller coaster. Luckily there are some tricks to reducing the intensity and duration of toddler temper tantrums. Usually, if I can act excited about something else, the tears will stop and I’ll get my child’s attention shifted. And, […]
When my husband and I were discussing babies and our future family, we predicted lots of little boys running around the house. Out of the 20-something grandchildren on his side of the family, there were only four girls, so we figured our odds of a daughter were low. Johnny was actually a bit nervous to […]
The 100th Day of School!!!! We made it this far, and we’re so much closer to summertime! Our Simon has been counting the days this week until the 100th day of kindergarten, and I was excited to help him make his very first 100th Day of School t-shirt. I remember gluing pennies onto a shirt […]
Earlier this year I gave a presentation to a group of teenagers. After deliberating the best way to teach them how to communicate, I decided to take an alternate route by teaching them how to listen. After all, if you listen ineffectively, you’ll communicate ineffectively. The quote “we have two ears and one mouth for […]
Looking for a gift to please an entire family this Christmas? Maybe your brother’s family, or your favorite co-worker’s family? Or for your own family? I’d like to share three amazing gift ideas for a family dear to your heart. These ideas come from UnCommonGoods, and they are uniquely special items. If you haven’t heard […]
With four kids ages 5 and under, we know about the wiggles.Kids wiggle and squirm and poke and play – which is great if the family is chilling at home, but not so great in quiet places like church, the doctor’s office, or assemblies. Sometimes a little extra quiet time at home can be appreciated […]
Blame is “deceitfully liberating.” “I’m done apologizing.” “She needs to get over herself and apologize to me.” “He needs to stop this foolishness and forgive everyone.” “The world doesn’t revolve around her. She needs to get over it.” “I’ve already apologized; I’m not going to do it again.” Aww, the blame game. Sound familiar? I’ve […]
A long time ago, I saw a cute idea on Pinterest about photo-journaling a day in the life of your kids. Over the summer, I decided that I would make a book for Simon before he started Kindergarten. I wanted to give him a way to remember himself at this fun age. At the time […]
I woke up this morning with so many thoughts going through my mind. It’s the first day of school – for our oldest kid. The exciting and scary first day of kindergarten. What do I pack him for lunch? Do I let him pick out his own clothes to make sure he matches? How […]
If Dad is in the garage, kids will be in the garage. Our kids love spending time out there with their Dad, and he loves it when they show an interest in building and creating. Awhile ago, he decided they each needed their own toolbox, so one night while I was working, they helped build […]
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I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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