Gratitude starts with…ME???

Though working on ME isn’t really what I want to do, by cultivating gratitude in MY OWN heart and life, my children WILL begin to cultivate gratitude as well.  Here are three tips to get us started developing our own attitude of gratitude so that we can begin modeling it for the kids. Gratitude Starts with ME

Am I Grateful or Am I Grumbling?

Personal evaluation time.  Am I modeling gratefulness?  OR Am I modeling grumbling?  I’ll be the first to admit that I get into a funk and slip into being a GRUMBLER from time to time.  How about you?  Some seasons of life seem to bring out the grumbling more than others, too.

How can you quickly identify grateful or grumbler?  Listen for these tip-offs:

“If ONLY __________  then I’d be happy.”    -OR-

“I wish I had ___________.  That would make me content.”

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FAMILY

GamePlaying

4 BIG Benefits to Family Game Playing

Not only will you be building some family identity ("Our family plays games together") and making some memories together (remember when …), but you’ll be having lots of FUN together, too. Read on to find out 4 big reasons why game playing really is time well-spent with your kids. … [Read More...]

PARENTING

Where am I Going Wrong

Where am I Going Wrong?

… and how can I readjust my course? On the frustrating days of mothering and schooling I sometimes think “Where did I go wrong?!?”  "Is anyone LISTENING to me?!?!"   Can you relate?  (For your sake, I hope not, but chances are good you can.) I was skimming an excellent article on developing work ethic in your children yesterday and felt the PANG of conviction.  Because conviction is sometimes painful, instead of embracing it, I moved on … [Read More...]

DISCIPLESHIP

Gratitude Starts with ME

Gratitude starts with…ME???

Though working on ME isn't really what I want to do, by cultivating gratitude in MY OWN heart and life, my children WILL begin to cultivate gratitude as well.  Here are three tips to get us started developing our own attitude of gratitude so that we can begin modeling it for the kids. Am I Grateful or Am I Grumbling? Personal evaluation time.  Am I modeling gratefulness?  OR Am I modeling grumbling?  I'll be the first to admit that I get into … [Read More...]

HOUSEHOLD MGT

Reducing-Decisions

Reduce Your Decision-Making

What can I have for a snack?  What time are we leaving?  Can I get on the computer?  Can I play outside?  It is estimated that we make about 4,800 decisions per day.  In addition, when you are parenting, you’re not only making decisions for yourself but for all the little people in your life, too!  Making as many decisions as you can AHEAD of time can reduce the brain-load and ease the stress that comes from constant decision making.  Read on to … [Read More...]