How to Have a Delightful Group Discussion: Make Trail Mix

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Learning at Home, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks

I want to teach my children how to be active participants in group discussions. This skill will bless them (and everyone around them) at the dinner table, around the board table, in the Sunday School class, on public transportation, in the dugout, at the office, in the Senate, and just about anywhere the Lord will lead them. I had seen … Read More

5 Simple Choices for Postpartum Well-Being

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks

My postpartum experience had gotten progressively worse with each baby: increasing in depression each time. The worst was when I experienced unusual fear, paranoia, and disturbing thoughts after having our fourth child. So when I found out I was pregnant with Baby #5, I knew I had my work cut out for me. With five children relying on me, I … Read More

A Boy’s Thought Life: It’s Like a Race Car Track

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks

When it comes to teaching our children how to manage their emotions, I’ve always appreciated Rachel Jankovic’s helpful comparison: emotions are like a horse. I think it’s in her helpful book Loving the Little Years that Jankovic writes about teaching her daughters that their emotions are like a horse they’ve been given to ride along a mountain ridge. They must control and … Read More

Backyard Baseball: No More Ghost Runners (Motherhood Hack)

LauraHealthy Living, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks, Physical Activity

Recently, the kids and I have been playing baseball after lunch. There are only two people on each team, unless I’m wearing the baby in the Bjorn and our 2-year old decides to be my running partner. Then it’s 2 vs. 4, but the team of 2 definitely has the advantage over the bobbling team of 4. Within minutes of … Read More

Motivate Your Kids Without Bribery, Candy, or Charts

LauraMotherhood, Motherhood Hacks

Back in the day when I only had one child, I motivated her by making colorful charts for the refrigerator and cheering her on while she worked on “going potty” or “saying please” or pronouncing “sh” correctly. I could affirm her and help her to reach each every great aspiration. I took photos and rewarded her with a little treat … Read More