Making Before and After School Less Hectic

By Anna Shirley

This post is sponsored by Boogie Board. I receive compensation for this post but the opinions and ideas in this post are my own. I am not a morning person. I've passed that on to 2 out of 3 of my children. School starts in late July where we live so getting up early isn't so bad but come winter, ... Read More

Caldecott Medal Reading List Printable

By Rachael Herrscher

Want a reading challenge for the whole family? Read your way through the Caldecott Medal winners! The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children", beginning with 1937 publications. Last summer on our frequent tr... Read More

The One Sentence That Gets My Kids to Take Responsibility

By Rachael Herrscher

"I ______ " Fill in the blank. I call them "I Statements". The thing I've found with sibling spats at my house, is that is usually takes 2 (or 3) to tango. I, like most other parents, tire of being sidelined by kids bringing their latest laundry list of sibling complaints.  Their sentence... Read More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Have You Signed Up Yet?

By Rachael Herrscher

We're working with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge this summer to encourage kids to read! {Don't miss our first post: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer} We just had our official first day of summer break today. We kind of owned Day 1. Chore lists were distributed {and executed}, ... Read More

8 Traits of Children Who Have Been Disciplined

By Staff

Discipline is they key to raising functional happy children. What this means is that parents need to, first and foremost, be disciplined themselves. If a parent isn’t disciplined there is no chance of disciplining their children correctly.  Discipline should come from natural consequences, or the... Read More

15 Science Ideas With Legos

By Rachael Herrscher

I stumbled upon this great post from Science-Sparks today and had to share! Tuck these ideas away for summer fun or back to school. 15 Fun Ideas for Science With Legos Enjoy!... Read More

It’s OK to Play “Guns”

By Rachael Herrscher

Really interesting read today from "Not Just Cute: Intentional Whole Child Development". Image from Not Just Cute: Intentional Whole Child Development My oldest child is a boy. When he was a toddler he loved to wrestle, play super heros, and he loved to play "guns". I've even got a theory that... Read More

Foster Care: A Unique Kind of Mom

By Staff

Guest post from Larissa Green, a foster, adoptive, and homeschool mom living in rural Kansas. When I first became a foster mom I had a dream. In my dream I was holding and cuddling and loving a darling baby, feeling so proud to finally be a mother. But I soon realized something was wrong – this... Read More

Kid President’s Letter to Babies on Their First Day on Earth

By Rachael Herrscher

You should give people high fives just for getting out of bed. I agree. ... Read More

Cookie Monster and the Life of Whoopie Pie Video

By Rachael Herrscher

Today, Sesame Street released a spoof of award-winning film, Life of Pi. “Sesame Street: Life of Whoopie Pie” chronicles Whoopie Pie and Cookie Monster and their lost at sea adventures on a boat made out of cookies. Can Cookie Monster control himself and not eat the boat? Will they be saved? Fin... Read More