Round up of easy summer learning activities for preschoolers

20+ Summer Preschool Learning Activities

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Summer is a-coming! All of my little ducklings will be back in the nest and quickly clamoring for things to do. So, in theory, I'm OK with my kids facing a little boredom. It forces them to be creative…

Resource for How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex (Ages 3+)

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5 year old: "Mom, how do the eggs get in the mama bird's belly?" Mom: "Um, well, (frantically trying to formulate an answer that will not spur more questions) the daddy puts them there." (Not my…
If I could go back to the beginning, here are six pieces of advice I would give myself as a new stay-at-home mom.

6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Stay-At-Home Mom

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5 Lessons I've Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

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My sweet "Clay-Bay-Bay" just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids,…

Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

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Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of…

Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

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“Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family…

Why Mommy Meltdowns are OK Sometimes

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A few weeks ago I was having a hard day. Minor things had been chipping away at me all day long and my resistance was low. When my infant refused to go down for an afternoon nap I hit my tipping point…
Jesus' Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for Jesus on Christmas Night

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When the gift opening frenzy is over, all toys have been played with, and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves on Christmas dinner..there's still one more Christmas tradition my children can't…

"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

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"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same…
How We Use Our 5 Minute Ride to School

How We Use Our 5 Minute Drive to School (+7 Devotional Resources for the Car)

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Every Monday through Friday my husband or I load our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9, into our gray Honda Odyssey (along with every other middle-aged, suburban parent, right?) at 7:20 a.m. to head to school. Our…

"Seeds of Christmas" Album and DVD Review

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*This post is sponsored by Seeds Family Worship but opinions are all mine! Well, they've done it again. Seeds Family Worship has come out yet again with another scripture led, kid-favorite, easy on the…

5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

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My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being…

The Gift of a Granola Bar

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Monday mornings are a big deal around our house. Reason for all the excitement? Trash day. My kids not only love trash day because of the huge trucks that give them a honk and a wave but they have…

Character is Caught, Not Taught

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As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching my dad get his newspapers out of those huge, metal dispensers. I loved putting the quarters in for him and the immediate ability to pull a previously-locked…

A Third Kid is Like...

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"So, how is life with three kids?" is a common question I've been getting these days. It's such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in…
This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of "One Year of Dinner Table Devotions"

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Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors…
Do you know how to tell a good devotional resource from a mediocre or even a bad one? It's important to ask at least three questions before purchasing faith-building devotionals or children's Bibles for your family.

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Family Devotional (Plus 25+ Recommendations!)

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As a children's ministry staff member at my church for the past 16 years and a mom of three elementary-aged kiddos, I'm always on the look out for great faith-building resources for parents. Devotional…

Dig In

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My kids’ room was a mess. They had been playing hard and managed to undo any type of organization I had attempted to create in the past 4 years. While I was thankful for the extended conflict-free play…

One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

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After having three babies, I've managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was…

'Tis the Season...to Not Keep Up with Life

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I like a clean home. Not a spotless clean but a tidy clean. My home is far from perfect or clutter-free but I always felt like I had somewhat of a handle on things. I'm just a person who is usually on…
These 8 Hy-Vee hacks for parents make for the best shopping trip ever.

8 Hy-Vee Hacks Every Parent Should Know

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Many years ago when I started having children, I quickly realized that grocery shopping with small people in tow can be a nightmare. I knew I had to hit a small window…
5 Creative Ways to Get Kids in the Kitchen

5 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer (and Why It’s So Beneficial for You and Them!)

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Something I Didn't Expect to Happen After My Third Child Was Born

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As we've welcomed each of my three kids into our family, each one has taught us new things about ourselves, parenting and raising children. With each child has come unexpected delights, challenges and…

10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

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Cultivating gratefulness and fighting against entitlement is a constant battle in our hearts and in our home. Here are 10 ways we're trying to help our kids be more thankful and content with what they…