raising wise children

Finding ME Time as a Mom

Everyone takes priority over you.  That is one of the wonderful things of being a mom that you love but also becomes tiring and overwhelming someday.  When the kids are young and the schedules are full, how DO you find ME time for mom?  The secret is to plan and think differently.  Your ME time […]

Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Grocery shopping is almost always the biggest expense from our monthly budget that we have control over. I can easily spend $600 on groceries for the month when I don’t pay much attention to what I am buying, but when I plan my meals and choose good things to eat I can slash my spending […]

The First 5 Minutes of Your Day Defines Your Attitude

We all know that how we start our day sets the mood for the rest of our day so why aren’t we better at it?  It doesn’t take long, just the first 5 minutes of your day, to define your attitude for the better.  Make the most of your day by showing love to the […]

Chaos vs Organization-Why is it So Hard?

Why is it so hard to keep things organized? Going from chaos to organization with kids seems impossible some days but understanding why it is that way may help you accept the fact that you can’t “win” this fight, but merely teach, train, and discipline yourself and your children to do the best you can […]

Do What Makes You Happy Quotes

If you haven’t read my article on “Do Only What Makes You Happy” Please do.  I am a big advocate for doing what will make you actually happy, not what makes you feel good in the moment.  Those choices will shape who you are and can change your whole life.  Here are some quick do […]

Minimalist Views – Children’s Toys

If you read my articles you know that I try to be as real as possible.  You may detect a hint of minimalism about my articles when I speak about stuff.  Here is my minimalist views for my children’s toys…and everything else we own. I am not a huge minimalist but I do make sure things […]

Family Rule:Do Only What Makes You Happy

This family rule may seem selfish and childish on the surface but it gets deep. Let me explain. Do only what makes you happy is a view for our future. Children do what feels good in the moment but doing what makes you happy helps you to think of the future. Will this truly make […]

Hard Work Pays Off

The stories of overnight success generally don’t show you the amount of hard work that was put in before the “overnight” sensation happened.  If you look behind the headline it really is a story of how hard work pays off, often not now but always eventually.  “Overnight” all of a sudden means 5, 10, 20 […]

Be Who You Are, But The Best Version

Be who you are, but the best version of you is probably my favorite family rule. Children should know that there will come a time, many times actually, they will have to make a decision in their lives. At that moment they will have to decide what kind of person they want to be. Knowing […]

You Will Always Regret Something You Never Try

This Family Rule is the basis of all success stories you ever hear.  You will always regret something you never try rather than something you tried and failed.  This is true for big and small risks.  Talking to that girl you like in school may seem like a big risk at the time.  If you […]

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