There's a lot to do during fall, and here are five kid-friendly fall activities that will help the whole family enjoy the fall season, without extra stress.

Kid-Friendly Fall Activities

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Everyone seems to be writing about their fall bucket list, and I’m going to join in with a list of kid-friendly fall activities. I love fall. I think it’s my favorite time of year. Fall is harvest time in the garden; dress-up time for the trees and children; and hot cocoa time in the evenings. However, with five children, I’ve …

There are so many terms for classifying children, but these classifications are harmful. This article lists reasons why why we shouldn’t label children.

Why We Shouldn’t Label Children

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What is the value of a life? How can we tell, by looking at scores or features, what someone will do in life? How much do we really need to categorize people to make sense of the world? There’s been so much labeling of people – whether because of choices, behaviors, intelligence, or body make up. This labeling is damaging …

Utah's Hogle Zoo is a fantastic place to spend the day with the family. We went there to celebrate my fifth grader's birthday and enjoyed the experience. My husband even claimed that he saw a few of his relatives in the exhibits.

A Visit to Utah’s Hogle Zoo

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  My oldest turned ten over the weekend. That’s amazing to me. Like any mother, I feel like she’s only been here a few years. She loves animals, dinosaurs, art, and grandma & grandpa. She declared her birthday the best day ever. What did we do to get such rave reviews? We went to Utah’s Hogle Zoo with grandma & …

September 11 happened at 8:30 p.m. for me in 2001. This post is my way of remembering September 11, 2001 and honoring all who died and all who survived.

Remembering September 11, 2001

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My September 11, 2001 happened at 8:30 p.m. I’d already peacefully lived through the morning and afternoon of that Tuesday.  For me, remembering September 11, 2001 starts in the evening. I don’t think my story is very unique, but it’s different from many of the stories remembered and told on Patriots’ Day. Knock, Knock. . . Have you heard yet? …

When my lovely children decided to scratch tally marks into the top of my toddler table, I took action with a toddler table refinish for less than $30.

From Scratches to Finishes:  Toddler Table Refinish

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Last year, I went to a woman’s group and learned about chalk paint. Now, I might have been the only one who didn’t know about chalk paint, but I have fallen in love. The paint is the fastest way to refinish  a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g! I’ve spent some time working on refinishing projects (thanks in part to some inspiration from Redo It Yourself …

It's so important to give each child one-on-one time. We achieve this by giving each child their "fifteen minutes of fame" every day.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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Everybody wants their fifteen minutes of fame – we’ve been told. And coming from a large family, I remember craving my parents’ attention. They were great parents and taught me more about life, living, and how to be a productive adult than I can even begin to mention. (Although, I plan to, some time.) But, there were seven kids in …

Understanding that actions have consequences is difficult for any aged child, but especially for toddlers. Here are three gentle ways to teach this concept.

Playing “What Happens Next” — teaching toddlers that actions have consequences

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One of the hardest concepts for children to understand fully is that their actions have consequences. Even my fifth grader struggles with this idea on a regular basis. Although it’s difficult, it’s important to begin teaching this lesson at a very young age. I like to make the first lesson of this concept into a game with my toddlers. Sometimes …