Category: Cherish My Children

The magic formula for taking kids grocery shopping — and liking it

“Three, two, one … blast off!” That’s what we shouted from inside the minivan as I inserted my key and started the engine. I glanced in my rearview mirror while I backed out of the driveway and saw three smiling boys buckled in car seats behind me. We were on a spontaneous trip to outer space, or possibly just out for lunch and grocery shopping at a warehouse club. Five minutes earlier I was buckling one of my 2-year-old sons into his five-point harness when he asked to ride a rocket ship. For whatever reason, I decided to play...

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4 Simple Ways to Create Lasting Memories with Your Children

Kids don’t stay little forever. I know it. You know it. But even though it’s obvious I can’t keep my kids little forever, it doesn’t stop me from trying. Last week I wrapped my arms around one of my 2-year-olds and held him extra close to my chest. As I rested my chin on the crown his head, I inhaled him. I took a deep breath in and tried to capture everything about that moment — including the sweet smell of my toddler — my baby. I whispered in his ear just how much I loved him. Then, in...

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My secret to get the kids to clean up the house, FAST!

Man, my house can get out-of-control messy quick! The kids are always willing to make the mess but not so much clean up the mess. Do you ever have this problem? Not only is the house a mess but we usually only clean it up at the end of the day before my husband comes home from work.  (Anyone else make a mad dash through the house before your Hubby comes home?) I did discover a little trick to get the kids (happily) involved in the clean-up process. It’s a game actually. I invented a game to make the...

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Armor Your Children Updates (plus special Christmas edition!)

[ba-box background=”#FCFCFC” border=”#ff6677″ textcolor=”#383637″]Leave your best email and I’ll  send over all 32 weeks of the Armor Your Children devotional series right away — you will love these! First Name * Email * [/ba-box] I am so excited for 4 more weeks of devotionals designed to spark spiritual conversations each morning and send your kids out the door with gospel principles on their minds.    Below is a download for ALL 16 weeks…including a special Nativity Story edition! It’s quick and easy. Update 8/28/2014: This series went live TWO years ago this week. I am honored to have created these and feel that...

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My bad attitude nearly ruined a perfectly good snow day

I peeked out the window Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night long, blizzard style, and yet I was still amazed to see eight to nine inches covering the ground. During breakfast my daughter shrieked with excitement when she realized just how much snow was outside. And even better, she didn’t have school and could play outside all day if she wanted. It is so much work to get all four kids ready for the snow. I knew I had snow boots for everyone because I bought them from a consignment store in August. Snow pants were a different story. And then...

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