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Conversation Starters for Families to use All Year Long

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.

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Parenting

Mom Guilt: Yeah, I’m Over It. (mostly)

Guilt is a universal feeling though it rears its ugly head in different ways, using different strategies for each person. We must all learn to tackle this beast in our own way and find the strategies that work for us.

I have been working hard to be reasonable, rational, and really honest with myself as I attack the ridiculous guilt that creeps up on me.

Yes. Ridiculous. Some guilt is just plain ridiculous.

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Family Connections, letters to my kids, Parenting

A Letter to my Children on Mother’s Day

A letter to my children on mothers day in honor of them.

{This post was originally published in May 2014 on my former blog.}

Dear Children,

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

It is a designated day for you to thank me. And you will. Your eager hearts will write notes and thank-you’s while pampering me throughout the day. I will enjoy every minute of your outpouring of love.

But in this moment, on Mother’s Day Eve, I want to thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you for the privilege and honor of being your mother.

I spend my mornings, afternoons, and evenings with 4 of the most awesome people on the planet – YOU! Continue Reading

Family Connections, Parenting

Connect with Your Kids: Activities for April

April showers bring May flowers.

At least that is what they say, so this could be a rainy month. I am not sure how your forecast looks but I see 6 days of potential rain in the next 15.

This is also the month for spring break and Easter. It is probably the beginning of a season of fairs, festivals, and fun in your local area as the milder temperatures begin to appear.

Take some time this month to have some fun and connect as a family.  To make it a bit easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month, including a FREE printable of conversations starters for your family!

So let’s have some fun with activities for April.

Connect with your kids this month and try some ideas from this list of activities for april. Links to projects, crafts, and other family fun!

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Family Connections, Parenting, Uncategorized

Connect With Your Kids: February Edition

February is the month of love and there are easy ways to shower love on your family as we celebrate Valentines Day.  Even beyond Valentines Day, there are so many other great ways to connect as a family this month.

The seasonal qualities of February are similar to the ones that made January so special:

It’s dark.  It’s cold.  And sometimes, if you are lucky, it is white.

Take some time this month to have some fun and connect as a family.  To make it a bit easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month, including a FREE printable of conversations starters for your family!

Ideas and inspiration for connecting with your kids this February. FREE printable with conversation starters available!! Continue Reading