Category: Cherish My Children

12 Things I’ve Learned From My School-aged Kids

I’ve learned some amazing things from my kids. Two years ago I wrote about 12 things I knew because I was a mom. At the time, my children were little. Well, they kept growing and I kept learning. As parents I don’t think the learning is ever complete. After all, we’re just figuring this parent thing out as we go — and just when we get one stage figured out, it’s time to move on to the next. Here are 12 more things I’ve learned thanks to my school-aged children: I can’t always be the ‘cool mom.’ And actually being...

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7 Tips to Take Back Dinnertime

  For most people, the witching hour refers to the late hours of night when witches and ghouls are thought to appear. In my world, the witching hour is actually that time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., right before dinner. The kids get hungry and ghoulish, and I often feel like a witch on a broomstick as I shuffle kids from activities, guard the pantry from predators, and do my best to prepare a meal that I’m not prepared to make. I dread this witching hour, and I’ve heard from many of the moms I work with that they...

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How To Keep Your Sanity During The Summer

This is a great article from our archives, perfect for this time of year! This originally published on KSL.c0m in 2013. I glance at the kitchen and can’t help but see every drawer and every cupboard is open. Christmas ribbon laces in and out of my kitchen chairs. I’m told it’s an obstacle course. Behind me, slippery sleeping bags rest at the bottom of the staircase as it appears they are not currently needed to transport anyone from the top to the bottom. Science experiments are evaporating in the half bathroom, water fights are sprinkling my family room, and...

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4 Strategies to Avoid Summertime Overwhelm

We stopped nagging our children about their homework weeks before school actually ended; and keeping a decent bedtime is increasingly more difficult as the sun stays in the sky just a bit longer each night. Thankfully, summer is here, and most of us have really good intentions and a second-wind of purpose. We hope for family activities, organized fun, fight-free afternoons, stacks of finished books and swim towels that hang up themselves. During summer break, we are trying to balance all the kids’ activities with our own — all the while knowing kids without a school schedule often means...

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5 Ways to Foster Truth-telling In Your Home

While scrambling eggs over the stove, I listened in on my son telling my daughter about the surprise left under his pillow. At 7 1/2 years old, my son has waited for ages for wiggly teeth. The night before, he lost not one, but two of his bottom front teeth. The Tooth Fairy has never seen something so exciting at our house, and apparently that epic moment left room for, well, inflation. “Yeah, I got $2 … and two quarters,” he told his older sister as he took his place at the breakfast table. “What!?” she questioned, knowing very...

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