Chores and allowance for keeping the house clean AND building character

Chores & allowance for kids

One of the questions I hear most often from other families—blog readers and friends alike—is how we handle chores and allowance as a family. There are so many different approaches out there… unpaid chores as a contributing member of the family a regular allowance tied to age rather than chores paid daily chores paid optional jobs […]

When the clutter is getting to you…

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  Several weeks ago I sent an email asking you what your biggest struggle was right now. While several of you shared your heartfelt stories of divorce and cancer and pain, for many of you the struggles were more in the everyday—getting organized…and staying that way, feeding your family healthy food without slaving away in […]

When you blink and they grow up right before your eyes

When you blink and they grow up right before your eyes

At one point I had four kids under five years old, so I know what it’s like to live in the trenches. Those are the days that revolve around changing diapers, preparing three meals and two snacks every day, watching your kids like a hawk 24 hours a day, and being just plain exhausted, as much from the monotony of […]

Weekend reading: April 9, 2016

First family ice cream date of 2016.

From Instagram:First family ice cream date of 2016. This weekend I’m in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains at Winsome, where I’m speaking about moving from perfectionism and fear to authenticity and freedom in our relationships with one another, ourselves, and Christ. I’m not sure if the recordings will be available publicly, but if they are and […]

On buying expensive pants and figuring out how to wear them

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Fighting the frump is an ongoing goal for me. I’ve never been particularly fashionable {unlike my very fashionable mom and sister}, and I’ve had to make extra effort since becoming a mom to do things like wear earrings, step outside of my comfort zone with clothes, etc. But as a work-at-home, homeschooling mom, fighting the frump is […]

The gift of perspective

The gift of perspective

It’s funny, really, because when we decided to add “one more baby” to our family (to recap, that was two babies ago), I knew I wanted to soak up every moment. I planned for several months of maternity leave, and in a lot of ways I approached Jackson’s birth as a do-over for all of my […]