Category: Cherish My Children

Simple Summer Chore Chart – that works!

It’s now mid-June and I’ve got one question for you… How are your summer chore charts working out? My kids aren’t toddlers anymore. I’ve got a 13-year-old, 10-year-old and two 7-year-olds. So last summer I thought for sure we could handle detailed and lengthy summer to-do charts I found on Pinterest. I thought for sure my school-aged kiddos could handle it. Wrong. I’m not sure what I was thinking, flushing toilets continues to be a struggle. This summer I decided simple was best. As simple approach to daily summer to-do’s, you know? My thoughts, if kept the list simple...

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5 Tips for Summer Family Bonding

I’m always equally terrified and excited for Summer Break to begin. How will I manage all the kids home all day and find that balance between fun and responsibilities? It is possible though, with a little bit of planning. Recently Uplift Families (I’m a contributor over there) asked me on their behalf to visit the set of KUTV Fresh Living and share 5 tips to summer family bonding. Read below or click the video link to watch.  (What would you add to this list?) Re-establish Relationships Those of us with school-aged kids have an opportunity to skip the craziness...

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Back To School Help: Teaching Kids Time-management Techniques

In the late 1990s, during my high school days, I lived and died by my Franklin Covey planner. It kept track of every homework assignment, shift at work and to-do item. I relied on that zip-around-organized-bundle-of-goodness so much that during my senior year, my friends thought it would be funny to steal it from me. They watched me walk around clueless, unsure of my next move for an entire week. And then finally one night, they surprised me with it. It was so funny (insert sarcasm). When I saw that beautiful mahogany faux-leather case again, I dropped to the...

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Fighting Bullies Through Kindness in our Home

My sweet little kindergartner was coloring at the bar while I was cooking. It was a rare moment of peace during the pre-dinner rush. He must have been deep in thought while he worked to keep the crayon inside the lines. Through the sound of sizzling hamburger I heard him say of the blue, “I don’t respect Donald Trump.” It’s a bit of a shock when we see the world around us through the eyes (or mouth) of our children. Usually, it has us squirming a bit in our skin because what they say or do mirrors what we...

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Simple Questions To Help You Eliminate Your Guilty Thoughts

I asked a vulnerable question on Facebook and was surprised by how honest the answers were — and how many answers came in so quickly. Each time my phone buzzed, I double-tapped and swiped left to read the newest post notification. “I feel guilty when I nap while my daughter naps instead of cleaning the house.” “I feel guilty when I make my kids cry after using my angry mom voice.” “I feel guilty when I daydream about being anywhere else but here.” I knew exactly the feeling they each were describing. I have had those same thoughts. Through...

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