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Simple Teething Tips

Surviving Teeething - simple teething tips from a mom of 4

Sharp, searing pain bringing screams and screeches to a little one who cannot communicate through anything else.  Or maybe it is a dull, driving pain that produces a headache that won’t wait.  I really don’t know what it is like to struggle through teething.  I think God knew what He was doing when He gave us teeth in our early years – so we wouldn’t remember the pain that came with it!  But as parents we need some serious teething tips to help get us through it!

Our kids have never been the up-crying-through-the night-teething-babies.  And we have 4 (I have to say that to myself every now and again to let it sink in)!  All of them have been able to sleep through the pain with a little help from us.  I thought the process we had for our kids was pretty customary –  pretty much the way all parents dealt with it.  But a little while back I posted a picture on my Instagram feed of our current teether with a tip I had not discovered until baby #4 and people commented that they had never heard of treating teething that way.  So, I thought I would share the wisdom I have gained as a result of shepherding 4 kids through the nightmare that is teething. Continue Reading

Devotion, Growing Up

A Simple Latin-English Reader for you

The concept of the one-room schoolhouse must, as a necessity, be a reality in our home.  This year we are homeschooling a 1st grader and a pre-k kid, while trying to keep a busy and quick learning almost 2-year-old.  Well, we are homeschooling in between nursing the baby and dealing with tantrums and naps and meals (and, and, and).  And there are days that go incredibly well and days where nothing happens of seeming importance.

These are the days when I have to take the long view of the education of our children.

I take a deep breath (or a fresh cup of coffee) and remind myself we have a LOT of days in which to educate and train our little ones.  I also remind myself that the older two, for better or worse, are test cases.  Hopefully, I have much more figured out once the younger two are walking through the stages we are going through today with the older.  I think: “We can make mistakes.  We can take breaks.  We will have another chance to do these things.”

Ok, that was a little bit of a bunny trail…where was I? Continue Reading

Growing Up

Skip Counting Tips and Tricks – with FREE Printables

simple ideas for teaching skip counting

When we started homeschooling at the beginning of this school year, I had no idea what lay ahead of us.  I had plans, yes.  But there was no way to see what lay ahead.  I compared it to looking out over an abyss and trying to determine what would happen.

But one day, we just began.  We jumped into the homeschool thing.  And we have had a BLAST!

My inadequacies with teaching are still abundantly clear, but we have discovered ways to get knowledge into our 5-year-old’s brain in vast quantities through memorization while still having lots of fun.  We work our homeschool  program around the Classical Conversations curriculum and it has been such a wonderful fit for her.3

One of the most interesting things CC teaches kids is memorization of basic math facts.  A typical Classical Conversations year includes learning new information about history, science, English, and Latin.  But every year, no matter what else is on the agenda, the math facts kids are exposed to are the same. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Simple Christmas Garland for Kids

A super simple Christmas garland for kids to make. Use only one item from around the house.

Some of my favorite memories as a kid involved decorating our house for the holidays. Popcorn strings for the tree, oranges spiked with cloves for the dining room table, Christmas countdown chains!  There must have been a latent homemaker in my little kid heart from the beginning.  And now our girls are loving the process of getting ready for the holidays with decorations and activities leading up to the big day!

We do a number of things to try to get our house and our hearts ready to celebrate Christmas.  It has been such fun to create traditions with our girls.  One of our favorite things is our Christmas book basket.  I put it out on December 1st for the kids to dig into all month.  And every few days, I try to come up with an activity that goes with one of the books in the basket.

Our latest activity is actually based on two books that are both about getting ready for Jesus: Who Is Coming to Our House by Joseph Slate and Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Baby’s First Year – A Simple Daily Schedule

baby's first year - a simple daily schedule to fill baby's first year with memories.
This entry is part 29 of 31 in the series Baby Days

 

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

What a wonderful thing to bring a beautiful baby home!  The love we have for our kids is instantaneous and insatiable – we just can’t get enough of them.  But getting them home and getting them settled into their role as part of the family can be interesting.  When we had our first baby, after she was settled into a sleep schedule that was predictable, I became obsessed with filling her every moment of every day with activities and new experiences.  I was afraid that if I left any quiet moments in the air, I would be missing out on her development.  It took me a long time to realize that she was experiencing new things and growing each and every day, even when I wasn’t creating activities for her every waking moment.  And it took a while to figure out how to fill her days with memorable moments while not being exhausted.

After three babies, I have kind of discovered the activities that really matter in the first year.  The ones that fill our days and have created some of the most memorable moments for our family.  They create a sort-of schedule or a checklist that I can look back at when I feel like I have exhausted all the things a baby can do in a day.  And being able to check off the list helps me to know I have done my job as a parent, even if we haven’t left the house! Continue Reading

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