We love to play with language in our house.
Words. Idioms. Jokes. Figurative language.
It’s all part of the atmosphere of learning that we have created in this house and it is easier to create that you might realize.
We repeat our favorite lines from movies and TV shows, share silly puns, attempt to solve riddles, and experiment with new vocabulary words. There isn’t a limit to the many ways you can play with words and language in your home.
I bet you’ve already started to realize how much your family plays with language as well, so let’s talk about ten ideas you can incorporate into your family lifestyle.
Our family began a simple tradition many years ago that has had an incredibly positive impact on our dinner conversation.
We stopped asking our kids how their day was or what they did that day. Instead, we asked two simple questions:
- What was the highlight of your day? (or what was your favorite part of the day?)
- What was the hardest part of your day?
Our oldest child was only around 8 years old when we began to ask these questions on a regular basis and these two questions became the foundation for our current family conversation starters.
It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the current year and usher in a new one.
It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the change:
- What did I love about 2017?
- What am I looking forward to in 2018?
- Who am I now?
- Who do I hope to be?
It’s exciting. A clean slate is in front of us and we are ready to write.
Need a few thoughtful and original gifts for a teen girl in your life?
I was at a complete loss when it came to Christmas for my teen girls. I started searching online and asking friends for ideas.
In the end, I am thrilled about the options I found for the 13 and 15-year-old girls in this house.
Now I will pass on some of the great gifts for a teen girl that were given to me.
Gift giving is such fun. I love surprising people and finding the perfect gift. Shopping for my kids brings me joy. Truly.
On the same hand, I don’t want a big pile of “stuff” left around after a holiday celebration or birthday. This forces me to think before I buy.
I want gifts that are fun and practical. It is a possible combination! I don’t want to find myself overwhelmed with stuff for the sake of stuff.
This is where my creativity comes in. I need to find things that will be inspiring, useful, and a joy to give.
So in the spirit of practical AND fun gifts, I present the following ideas inspired by our love for the Brave Writer lifestyle.
Laundry sits in piles upstairs. There are two loads waiting to be folded and two are sitting in the washer and dryer. Campfire scented top sheets are tossed haphazardly on the floor so I don’t forget to wash them next.
None of these piles include my own laundry which is overflowing in a basket down the hall. I have only tackled the towels and the boys’ clothing so far and I can’t seem to even finish that task.
Occasionally it occurs to me that I am allowed to spoil ME.
Yep. Momma is allowed to spoil herself.
It’s not a crazy concept, but it’s often a forgotten one. It’s easy to forget to take care of me in the midst of swim team, carpool, cleaning, and summer projects. And sometimes there just is no. time. in. the. day.
At least it feels that way.
So what is a mom to do?