Curbing Over-Gifters

Curbing Over-Gifters

“But it’s my JOB to spoil them!” How many grandparents have said that about their grandchildren?  They say it with a chuckle and a twinkle in their eye. They’re so excited to finally have grandkids so they can give as many gifts as they want without worrying about the...

What Happens When You Say No

What Happens When You Say No

I feel like I say no to my kids a lot. They ask me to do anything and everything from buying toys in the grocery aisle, to calling a friend for a playdate when we're in the middle of a bajillion other things. "Mom, can I... just this once... pleeeeeeeeease?!"...

5 Basic Truths for Fighting Consumerism

5 Basic Truths for Fighting Consumerism

(Continued from Whatever Is Lovely: Keeping Consumerism Off the Throne) I am not a hater of all things entertaining, mainstream children’s programs, or collectable hobbies. We don’t live under a rock or boycott Disney. But I do have a choice as to what influences my...

The Book is Always Better

The Book is Always Better

The Book is Always Better One of my favorite things to do is read to my kids. But you must know that I wasn’t always so enthused at the idea of cracking open a book after an exhausting day. In fact, I would try to slip in a short nursery rhyme, or some other brief...

Episode 019 | Getting to Grateful

Episode 019 | Getting to Grateful

What does it take for kids to grasp the concept of gratefulness? There may even be areas of entitlement in our own lives that need to be dealt with. I've unpacked three basic concepts to guide our kids into having a more grateful attitude and how our response to grace...