The Best Family Games You Should Add to Your Collection

The Best Family Games You Should Add to Your Collection

Can I be perfectly honest? I'm not a big fan of playing games with little kids. Eek! Total bad mom moment? 

But seriously, trying to keep them from ripping all the pieces off the board or throwing the cards across the room is a serious test in patience and self control. I didn't play games too often with the little ones. 

But once they hit about 4 or 5 and can handle longer sets of directions plus sitting for the duration of the game then - GAME ON! Ha! Get it? I'm hilarious and you know it ;) 

We started letting our older boys stay up a bit later at night during the summer and we occasionally extend that to Friday and Saturday nights during the school year. They are also allowed to be out with us during the little kids' naps. All this extra time with them means we have gotten the chance to play some great games - some classics and some a little more off the beaten path. 

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10+ ways to build a strong family foundation

10+ ways to build a strong family foundation

We sat down at the parent-teacher conference and expected to hear about our child’s progress since the last meeting. We are used to hearing that our child is helpful and kind, a good student, and a joy in class. What we didn’t expect to hear was how much the teacher loves hearing about all the family things we do. The teacher raved about our child explaining birthday traditions, visits from extended family, and chore systems.

What? That’s what it’s impressive about our family?

The teacher explained that many students these days don’t have such strong connections with their families. Everyone is so busy with their own schedules that time as a family unit gets ignored. And if they do get time together? It’s not really all that together. They exist in the same physical space but the connection aspect is missing.

Even a simple idea like choosing a birthday meal was foreign to some kids. These traditions that our family took for granted as normal life were creating bonds between us that will keep our relationships strong.

Now don’t think we have it all together. Heck, there are days I wonder if anyone likes anyone in this house! But then I step back and see one kid pat another on the back for doing a good job, or offer to help someone with a difficult task, and I realize that maybe we aren’t screwing everything up. My prayer is that the foundations we are laying down now with these intentional acts will continue to build on one another so our family can stick together in any storm that may come our way.

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Your family will love this 3-year Q&A journal for kids!

Your family will love this 3-year Q&A journal for kids!

I've seen yearly journals before while browsing on Amazon or that my friends have used and the idea is incredible - ask your child the same question year after year on the same date and document their answers. A lot can change in three years and having a place where these precious ideas are stored can offer the chance to look back and see how they've grown. 

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A Christmas Preview with DaySpring

A Christmas Preview with DaySpring

I'm on a Christmas kick these days! Fall is by far my favorite season but the life of a blogger means we are usually working a season ahead. I love the changing of the leaves and the fall comfort foods but suddenly I'm ready to decorate with twinkly lights and bust out the Christmas music playlists I made on Amazon Music last year! 

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