|Sometimes my girls have a little too much fun playing with my phone 😉|
Rachel writes To the Mom Tired of Being Tired.
Kristen tells Dear Exhausted Parents: We Are Supposed to Feel This Way.
Kari talks about Raising a Brave Child.
Katie shares How Simple Routines Save Me a Lot of Money.
If you like to plan ahead, The Simple Homemaker has started a series on Twelve Weeks to a Simple Christmas. I’m usually a little further ahead on holiday things at this point in the year, but I did start buying (and hiding!) a few gifts this past week.
We’re heading to a corn maze this evening for a little family fun. We’re hoping to at least start the corn maze in the daylight, since, when we went a couple of years ago, we struggled to find our way out in the dark!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
How was the corn maze? I hope to do something like that as a family this year, too, but the two in our area are over an hour away and expensive. 🙁
Reading Rachel's post about being tired of being tired, I remember the day that John came home and I complained that I hadn't gotten anything done that day. He reminded me that I had fed the kids and put clean clothes on them (they were much younger then), so I had done some good things. It was encouraging!
I think another aspect of raising a brave child is letting/encouraging to go out of their comfort zones. When my children want to trade in the CFA toy for ice cream, I let them, but they have to get in line by themselves, without me. (Not the little one; she has to go with someone else.) When they get back with their cones, the look of pride on their faces is wonderful. And I always tell them that I am proud of them for doing it.
Tracey Brewer says
The corn maze was fun! We started in the daylight and finished just as it was getting dark, which made it much easier to find all the checkpoints than the last time we went!
I totally agree with your CFA ice cream example – I've done the same thing with my kids. My older one, who's naturally more reserved, really has to be encouraged to try challenges like that. Other things I've done is have her take her own books to the librarian to check out and have her order her own meal, either at fast food restaurants or when we go to sit-down restaurants.
Hope y'all have a great week!
I'm usually a little further ahead on Christmas gifts, too. I've got one. 😛 I was JUST thinking today: I'll have our tree up in less than a month!
SOOO AGREE with Nikki re: getting our brave kids beyond their comfort zones! 🙂