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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Favorite Picture Books




Today in my two weeks of parenting series I wanted to share
with you My top 5 favorite picture books and why they are
my favorite. Some of them I may have talked about before. 






This picture book is the cutest ever. This very large bear who lives
in the forest lost his Teddy bear. When he locates him, he has become
very Tiny and the bear doesn't understand why. In the mean time a
little boy has lost his bear and comes across the big bear thinking this
is his Teddy bear. You will have to get the book to see if the two figure
out what has happened. This book is one of my favorites. When Spirit
was little he made me read it over and over again. At the time
I didn't want to read it one more time but it has since become a keeper
on my bookshelf.  I like keeping things such as this for them as a memory
when they become older so that they may share them with their children.
 






 Make way for Ducklings is the story of a Momma and Papa
duck who are looking for a place to have their ducklings. The come
across some dangers for ducks and have to overcome those things.
Once the ducklings are born Momma ensures that she cares for
her ducklings. This is one of my favorites. I remember reading this
one with my dad. Perhaps I relate to them because we once had a farm
and on that farm we had ducklings. Lots and lots of them. When I
see ducklings I think of childhood.






Love you forever would make a great story to give to a mom on
mother's day. The story is of a young child whose mother rocker her
child through many trials in life. Before she knows it soon her son
is rocking her. A very endearing story of the love a mother and child.



The Wemmicks are a small group of wooden people. In that group they
give stars to separate their people by who is more beautiful.
Punchinello is given the ugly grey dot because he has some chipped
paint and is starting to show some wear and tear. He is ashamed of
this but his maker shows him that he is very special just as he is.
What I love about this story is the message that it brings to children.
That they are beyond their appearances. God loves them no matter
what other people think. A great story that can be compared to
biblical truth and one that teaches children a valuable lesson.







This one was my favorites when I was a little girl. I enjoyed
all the labels throughout the book and always was on the look
out for Lowly worm. Huckle's life changes as he heads out for
his first day of school with Miss Honey. It takes you though a
year of classtime with Miss Honey. I remember when I was little
pointing out all the things in the book. There is so much to see on
each page. I even used the picture labels to practice my own spelling
and to play school with my bears. This is one I want to show the
little ones sometime soon. 


I hope you enjoyed learning about my 5 favorite picture books.
Please feel free to share yours.

Warm Blessings,

Nikki




Monday April 22- Birth Stories
Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
Thursday April 25- Parenting Struggle - Dyslexia
 Friday April 26 - 5 Things I learned as a Parent

Monday April 29- Kids and Chores
Tuesday April 30- My Favorite Picture books
Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
Thursday May 2- Character Training
Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children



 

Kids and Chores



The last two weeks I have been discussing Parenting. You
are welcome to share you opinions in comments or by adding
your link.  You can see other posts on the Parenting topic listed at
the bottom of this post. Today we discuss


Kids and Chores


 
When I was young my parents were great parents, they took the
parenting philosophy that kids should be kids. That was a great
philosophy and I agree with it completely. Kids should have time
to be kids. I don't want to over do the workload on them that they
become over stressed. They deserve a happy, health, childhood
with Balance. I say balance because there is a time for work and
a time to play. You just need to find the balance that works best
for your children and for their age. If your unsure what age a child
can do a certain job you can always give it a try. If it seems to hard
then choose a different task. There are some bloggers out there that
have created chore per age charts so you can always take a look at
other parents advice.

Tip Junkie has a nice list of different jobs to be done by age and
Focus on the Family does as well. There are many others out there.



Starting Young



Really chores should begin when they are little.  They should be
taught early on to put their things away when they are finished playing
with something. This means that parents really have to follow through
to make sure this happens. You want to make it a habit that carries on
later in their lives. Even  3 and 4 year old can help to make a bed.
The more practice the better they become. It helps at this age if you work
beside your child modeling what the expectation might be for you.



Teach  them how


One thing you don't want to do is send your child to the job not
knowing what to do. Use this moment as a teaching moment. Show them
how to clean out the tub or wash  the sink. However you would do
it walk them through all of the steps . The next time, see if they remember
and watch them do the steps. Then allow them to do it on their own but
check to see the end result. It is always important for you to look at their
accomplishment. Take the time to stop and see. This last step
encourages them to continue doing a good job. Please, do not have
your expectations so high that the child begins to hate this time.
Encourage and Thank your child.



Age appropriate tasks


Make sure all of the jobs are broken into age appropriate activities.
I had a friend that had her kids help with breakfast. The younger child
learned how to use the toaster, then they moved to the microwave,
then to a toaster oven and then to the stove. It was a privilege to be able
to move to these appliances. It had become a rite of passage. You and
your spouse should decide what these chores should be and what age
they should do them. Don't think because they are young that they
can't do things. You can give them jobs and break it down into simpler
tasks. For example dishes your small child could wash his or her cups
and load them into the dish washer or stack in their silverware. There
were times we haven't had a dish washer so to help me with the dish
duty I'd have them all wash their own dishes. I'd put the water in the
dishpan as they were finishing they would all come and wash their
dishes. Even the little ones with a little help from Mom. My
3 year old also likes to help with the laundry. Her job is to pick out the socks
and put them on a pile for sorting. She also picks out wash clothes, dish
rags and towels and folds them. She also puts them away. Then we sit
and match the socks. All of these things are learning activities.
Take your time and enjoy the task with your child. Live in that moment.
All to soon they will be out of the house and you will only wish
you could fold wash again with your little one or now big child.



Make it as fun and light as you can


If you seem stressed about the work then the children will feel
that as well and it will turn into a fight. If you make  the experience
light and seem like no big deal than things will go better for you.
Watch your tone and don't complain about the work as you are
setting the example. If you are doing the job with a happy heart
your children will learn this as well.




Ideas for Cleaning with Kids


1. With younger children have
them pick up all the blue toys, or all the dolls, or anything pink
or shaped like a square. Your child will be learning and cleaning at the
same time.

2. Another idea is to put all the chores in a container
and have children pick from the container to figure out what their
chore is going to be. Older children can have a little contest to see
who completes the most chores with mom checking for proper
completion.

3. For older children is to write them a note.
Dear ___  Please take out the trash by 5Pm Thanks mom.
This gives them a chance to comply and helps you keep the
nagging to a minimum.

4. With Toys you could turn on your child's favorite song and see
if you can clean up the room by the end of the song. If the task is
to big break it into tasks. Like lets see if we can clean up all the
blocks by the end of this song.

5. Write all the chores on a chalk board or dry erase and erase them
as you complete them. It's fun to watch your list become smaller.

6. Have a reward for when the job is complete, like a story time,
play a game , watch a movie, go to the park, etc... for working
so hard on their jobs.

 Charts can organize you but they just never
worked for us. The kids know what they are to do on what day.
After a certain age they just didn't need them anymore. Use what
works for you. Below are some links to other ideas having to do
with chores.


10 Chores to do with a Toddler
Chore Blocks or Dice

Chores Behind Glass

Modern Chores with Balls

There are many options the key is to find the thing that  motivates
your child and encourages them to want to do their part within
the family.




 If you want to participate in any of the link ups for my 2
weeks of parenting please feel free to join in. Mondays link
is now closed.

Monday April 22- Birth Stories
Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
Thursday April 25- Parenting Struggle - Dyslexia
 Friday April 26 - 5 Things I learned as a Parent

Monday April 29- Kids and Chores
Tuesday April 30- Story time What are your favorite picture books?
Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
Thursday May 2- Character Training
Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children


Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Monday, April 29, 2013

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Christian Parenting Handbook Review

(As a member of the Christian Parenting Handbook Launch team
I received the handbook free for review with my honest opinion
and the opportunity to promote a couple of giveaways. )

I probably  have read every parenting guide on the market.
When I was expecting my first child I wanted to learn all that I could
about what was coming. As each child goes through life changes or
"shifts" I like to relook at some parenting techniques. It is helpful to
gather ideas of different ways to parent effectively. There are
so many opinions out there on how you should parent. I take what
I can from each one and apply it to my family. I have not found one
like this one that uses biblical principle. God breathed is the right
breath to take.
God's word is the basis of this book that transforms
it into your own parenting philosophy. We can think of our bible
as a training guide for life, so why wouldn't we look to it for our
parenting tips. Christian Parenting Handbook is an excellent
resource to read and then save on your bookshelf for when you
feel you need a parenting brush up. It's a book that will keep giving
back to you over the years.

 


(Things I learned)



The Heart Concept...



God gave each of our children a heart and within that heart gave people
the ability to choose. When a child makes a wrong choice then that is a
heart issue. We can us behavior modification for a quick answer but it
doesn't change the child's heart. Behavior modification works it's just not
enough. We as parents want that heart change. We want our children to
succeed and not carry their sins through life. We want them to be able to
release and live with a close connection to God.

When I look at my own family the age that always gets me is the middle
schooled age. There is something about that stage that I find difficult.
It's this quiet delicate leaf sitting on a ledge that could go one way or
another later as a teenager.  If I push on direction it might be to hard
and if I don't push enough it might not be enough. I want the heart
to overrule and for my children to choose right ,to choose God.

The handbook suggests that heart-based approach. I took the time to
write out the struggles we faced for each of my children at the stage they
are presently in. The Christian parenting handbook gives you suggestions
for doing this. I learned many of the behaviors were associated to something
of the heart that is lacking that we need to work on. Now I can create a
strategy for character development in that particular area. I was given
so many ideas so that I can creatively and effectively teach, train ,
and love my children.



Giving Thanks...


I learned that it is really good to not only thank your children but
to point out when they presented a character quality with a pointed
response. Doing so means that they will begin to develop character
within themselves. I really like that. I like the idea of them creating an
internal voice that is a positive voice.





"Your enjoyment of your kids creates a connectedness that runs deep"



Communication...



Communication is really the key to success with your children.
It is important to take the time to really listen to them, to sit and
allow them to express feelings they may be having. Then guide them
toward a brighter goal in a relaxed conversation. Easier said then done
right? Well  yes, but you have options. There are things you can say
and ways to build this relationship between your child and you. I
seriously just wanted to write some of these things on post it
notes and place them strategically around the house for support.


I think the kids would think I have really lost it this time.
Children need that positive affirmation but a genuine one.
Chapter 8's title says it all "Look for Heart Moments." The parenting
handbook points out that often we look for the things that are going
wrong. Taking the time to encourage them on their good days is
much better than continually recognizing the alternate behavior.




That Moment When I understood...



As related to the Bible, I think I finally really get it. I've been studying
the book of Luke verse for verse with Good morning girls  and
after reading the Parenting handbook I can correlate the two.
Jesus came into this world to gather hearts. Jesus said his Kingdom
was beginning quietly. Like the tiny mustard seed that grows into an
enormous tree. The Kingdom of God would push outward until the
world was changed. Slowly we can encourage , love, listen and push
outward until the child's heart is changed. You will find some great ideas
to share spiritual family time and I cannot wait to give them a try.




Quick look at Teens....


"Although you've been able to "control" young children, the
Key to teenagers is "influence".



I thought this quote from the book was important to share. I often see
this going on with teens in our church. The more the parent "controls"
the more the child tries to rebel against the rules of the family.




My favorite Chapter...


One of my favorite Chapters is Chapter 15 Teach kids to use
energy to the family.
I love how the family is introduced to the word
honor and that word is used through that family's daily life.
I hope to use this concept to create a better system of honor
within our family. My wheels are spinning. Thanks for the great tips!!




Is the Information working for our family...


Using the parenting handbook I was able to take certain situations
in our family and turn them around. One example is our Sunday
mornings. Sad to say but every Sunday morning ends in tears from
someone and a lot of frustration from me. This is a situation that has
become a pattern for our family. As I read I realized this pattern and
was able to make small changes to get our family to Sunday Services

without all the stress, putting everyone in the frame of mind that they
needed to be in. I realized that we weren't all prepared for the morning
rush. I am staff so I'm required to be there by a certain time. This is
difficult with the entire family in tow. I needed to plan a little ahead.
I had to make sure all my lesson and activities for the services were
prepared ahead of time. No more Sunday morning rush to print out
something moments. My youngest son struggled to find his belongings,
so we tried having everyone put their bags and bibles by the door.
He also had issues finding clothes to wear so we laid them out the night
before. I  assigned some things to the older children. This all made
our mornings go so much smoother and really I'm not sure why
I didn't figure it out before. I also realized that because of my own stress
of trying to get ready and on time I was ultimately setting up my family
for failure. My expectations of Sunday mornings weren't very high.
I expected the chaos because it had become the norm so my tone
and behavior was also leading the moment. This had to change and
with that knowledge and a plan I was able to feel secure in the moment
and work through any conflict that arose.

I encourage you to take a look at the Christian Parenting Handbook
I have learned so much so far and there is a lot more that
I didn't mention. I may just reread this over the summer breaking
it down into workable steps for my family.





If you are wanting to purchase the Christian parenting Handbook
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You will receive ...

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Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes in You
and Your kids Lesson #1 and Lesson #2

Teach Kids to Listen and Follow Instructions on video, workbook,
MP3, Study Guide and Children's lessons

Correction Ideas that Touch the Heart on Video, Workbook, MP3,
Study Guide, and Children's Lesson.

Addressing Bad Attitudes in Kids on Video, Workbook, MP3,
Study guide and Children's lessons.

Everyday Parents CAN Raise Extraordinary Kids Session #1
on Video, MP3, Study Guide and Children's lesson

How to use the Christian Parenting Handbook
30 Minute Video
 
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Warm Blessings,

Nikki







Picture day


Walk at the Lake:





Nature's Peace



Trust







Wet Feet

Skipping Rocks With Dad



All in Pink


First Monarch




God's goodness is so Great and inspiring.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Weekly Finds...




I hope this Saturday finds you all well. We are having a fun time
enjoying this weather and as I'm writing this I can smell the freshly cut
grass outside. The older kids are in and out , I hear the screen door banging.
The youngest of the bunch has been sleeping for a few hours now. I think
we really tired her out. We went to a community yard sale today and as we
were walking around she just broke down and cried. I took her to the car to
realize that she was just exhausted. I used to take the other kids everywhere
but my little Sweet pea gets tired a lot easier than the others.

So on with my Weekly finds. I do a lot of internet searching and
find lots of goodies on the web for homeschool and bible. I thought
that Saturdays might be a good day to share my finds with you.



Sometimes After a long week I like to sit down and quietly
listen to some comedians. I love Jeanne Robertson in
"Don't send your man to the Grocery Store" 

And I just found this guy. His name is Bob Smiley
Maybe this one won't be as funny to you as it is to me. I
work in our church nursery so I just had a chuckle over it.




In my search for homeschool goodies I came across the
Preschool Mom. I've known Valerie on the Blogs for awhile now but
didn't realize she started this little project. I'm loving the butterfly unit.
I am sure this project will grow. I'm looking to print some of her goodies
for next year. This Butterfly Unit looks amazing from Homeschool deals.

As a blogger I thought this was an interesting article from Kevin
and Amanda. How to See if your photos are being used on another site.
This might come in handy to for those who have teens using facebook
to make sure no one is using their images. I have read of a website
that takes teen girls photos and uses them as suggestive photos.
Modesty girls Modesty....


Lastly I found this new site that I want to explore more called
A Virtuous Women. I've been participating in her Spring Cleaning
bible study . There is a lot more there to explore.


I hope you enjoyed this weeks Weekly Finds.

Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Friday, April 26, 2013

Random 5 on Friday



Today is Random 5 hosted by
Pebble and A Pond .
The idea behind it is that you post 5 random things about
you or about your week. This is so much fun so please join in.


1. April 24 is my Dads Birthday, My Grandpas Birthday and my
uncle Ricks Birthday. My Grandpa passed several years ago but
we still remember him like he was here yesterday. This picture is
of my daughter Heart hugging her great grandpa. She was
born in August and Ironically shares her birthday as well. With Her Great
grandmother ,who Heart was named after, and her uncle Rich.
Happy Birthday to the three Best Guys!!!
We love and Miss you Grandpa.



2. This is a photo of my Honey and our Grandbaby.
I came upon this photo today when I was digging around.
There's just something about a man holding a baby.
I don't know what it is if you figure it out let me know.
I might need to go hug him now...



3. The above photo was taken in my mom's kitchen. She
collects roosters. I don' t know if you can see them. I have
apples in my kitchen. Do you have a themed kitchen or room.
Our bathroom is lighthouses and our living room is county homes.
I have more themes than I thought. Interesting.




4. This week Spirit and I did a fun Experiment. You have
probably seen it done before. It's the old put cut celery in food
coloring experiment. I was able to find a really leafy piece in the
middle of the celery bunch. This is day 2 and his leaves are
turning blue. You probably can't see it well here but we were all
excited. We were learning about how plants drink water and
sent it through all parts of the plant. I can see us trying some other
plants and the boys want red Celery.




5. Fun on my Blog-  If you haven't noticed it all over my blog I am
helping out to try to launch the best parenting book I have read in awhile.
The launch week Begins on Monday and if you order that week you can
receive $400 dollars in parenting goodies just by scanning your receipt.
Learn all About the Giveaways and Launch week.

I've been also blogging all week about being a parent if you'd like to
too peek at any those articles.

Monday April 22- Birth Stories
Tuesday- April 23- My top 5 Favorite Children's Products
Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
Thursday April 25- Parenting Struggle - Dyslexia
 Friday April 26 - 5 Things I learned as a Parent

You are welcome to link up to any of then some will soon expire
or you can join in next week .

Monday April 29- Chores through the Ages
Tuesday April 30- Story time What are your favorite picture books?
Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
Thursday May 2- Character Training
Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children


You also don't want to miss the GIVEAWAY!!! That's Going on right
now on my blog. You can be one of 5 winners and right now I honestly
only have four entries. So please click and enter your chance are pretty
good. Let me know in comments  which you'd like to receive
and I'll try to accommodate but can't promise anything.



One more thing going on if you didn't get a chance too.
My little one on facebook is entered  in The Cutest kid contest.
If you feel lead in your heart please vote for her. You might
have to like the jewelry store she is entering with but after
that you only click vote. You can always unlike it when your done.

Please Vote :)





Warm Blessings,

Nikki



5 Things I have learned as a Parent





5 Things I have Learned as a Parent of 5 Children


1. Relationship-
Having a solid foundation and relationship
with your children is the key to holding a family together. Without
that everything tends to fall apart . You knew when you were going
to have children that it would require a commitment. This is the largest
part of that commitment. It takes work to create that atmosphere with
your child so that they feel that they can always come to you. You want that
open dialog to continue through adulthood.

2. Laugh it Off- Sometimes mom and dad can be way to serious. It helps us
all if we just laugh it off. One day I could see my son was about to do
something that wasn't smart. He had a rubber band in his hand and was
trying to wrap it around something else so that he could then launch it
somewhere. I was sitting across from him. You know where this is going
right. The object came flying at me. There was a look of Oh no from my
son. I could see the worry in his face almost slow motion moment. And then
I laughed and he laughed. I could have chosen to make a fuss but it
really wasn't on purpose. So I laughed it off and after I laughed I reminded
him how this activity inside wasn't a good ideas.  Sometimes we
can lighten the burden with our own laughter. Kids love to hear it.


3. Nothing is ever Really Done- I can say it's done and I can think it's
done but when I go and look again 10 minutes later... It's not done.
Realizing that before I start the task that in a bit it will be undone
again then it causes less stress. Acknowledging it helps. Knowing that
what I do for my family is a reward for them and for me. Makes those
tasks that normally are a burden "happy for me to do".

4. Patience- Oh my yes patience. When I was a little girl I had
none of this. I would want water now, I would want to be cool now,
I would want to swim now. I look at how far I have grown so I know one day
my children will grow in it too because now its their turn
to want it all now. It's my turn to teach them how to wait.
 Nothing is learned well in a hurry so that often means they have
to wait and try again and again until it is learned. I have to keep
emotion out of it and just be patient. I have learned more patience as a
parent than my entire life.

5. Unity- I learned that we need to work as a team as a family unit.
Dad and I have to be on the same page for everything. We have to
know what is going to happen before it happens. The kids have
to work together or our family doesn't function as it should. Disagreement and
discouragement would reign. We don't want that. We want peace and love
all  happiness packaged up into one. We don't get it completely
but at least we have each other. :)  We are a family a team .through
the good and the bad.

If you would like to join us on our parenting Journey please
feel free to share your articles related to the topics.
Please also don't miss  Christian Parenting 5 Winners , Giveaway!!


Monday April 22- Birth Stories
Tuesday- April 23- My top 5 Favorite Children's Products
Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
Thursday April 25- Parenting Struggle - Dyslexia
 Friday April 26 - What I have learned Being a Parent.

Monday April 29- Chores through the Ages
Tuesday April 30- Story time What are your favorite picture books?
Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
Thursday May 2- Character Training
Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children



Warm Blessings,
Nikki
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Parenting Struggle - Dyslexia




This is day Four of the Two Weeks of Parenting Meme.
If you have missed any of it you can find all of the links in a
list below and don't miss out on the
Christian Parenting 5 Winners , Giveaway!!

Monday April 22- Birth Stories
Tuesday- April 23- My top 5 Favorite Children's Products
Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
Thursday April 25- Our family struggled
the most with our child/children when_____.
Friday April 26 - What I have learned Being a Parent.

Monday April 29- Chores through the Ages
Tuesday April 30- Story time What are your favorite picture books?
Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
Thursday May 2- Character Training
Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children




This is a picture of my sweet angel Princess. She looks so happy in
this picture. This was probably right near the time we decided to
bring her from public school and Homeschool her. It wasn't an easy
decision. We went through a lot of heartache and emotional struggle.

My first child found learning easy. Then Princess came along and every-
thing was different. I knew it was different but I couldn't get everyone
else on the same page. From the day she was born she was so fussy.
She was always fearful and afraid . She slept beside me for many years.
I remember one time when her brother was born , I woke for a night
feeding. She woke as well. She was worried and afraid. She came out
in the living area and put her head on my feet and went to sleep.
Later we would find out that ADHD in girls often looks like anxiety.
In all my years of preschool that was new to me. Her speech was
delayed from the start and she struggled to remember things.

When it was time to start Kindergarten I didn't know what to do.
Honestly I think I knew but didn't go with my gut feeling on it. A
mother should always go with what her heart feels. For the next two
years Princess struggled through school. It was a difficult time. Most
children at this stage of the game are excited to go to school and make
friends but my girl , my girl was different. She hated school. She cried
everyday. She didn't want to go. I didn't realize the extent of it till later on
in a parent meeting. Her teacher told me that she couldn't do anything
without assistance. She couldn't read or write or follow simple instructions.
 That she also seemed to have some issues with some of the girls on the
playground. I asked for help but got nothing. I felt so alone.

Things began to get worse. Her teacher would check mark her entire
paper in red and leave unkind notes on her papers. Princess began
not only crying in the morning but vomiting because she would
become so upset. I would clean her up and begrudgingly take her to
school. I hated it she hated it. Finally the last straw came. I got a call
from the school. Someone on the playground pushed her head
and she landed on the concrete. She had a mild concussion. That
was it. I was done. I finally brought her home. I wish I had sooner
but fear and misinformation made it  a slow process.

We spent some time together to try to heal her heart. She told me that
she was "stupid". That she wouldn't be able to learn. This made my hearts
so sad. We were all hurting. Later, I found out from testing
that she had ADHD that comes out as anxiety and is dyslexic. It took
a long process of psychologists and testing. Not always nice moments.
Sometimes the psychologist would look at me and say just put her
back in school she'll be fine. But I knew we were not fine. I kept
searching and it took a lot of work. I learned eventually that the
one that knew the best for her was us. Such a simple concept.
It took a lot of one on one time and struggle. Oh we struggled.
It was a learning curve for both of us but now she can read and is
very good with her lessons. We just practiced and practiced until
one day she wanted to learn and she knew then that she was
a smart young girl.

But one day.. Oh that day.... someone from church came to me and
said... Something is different with Princess. I said what? Thinking
something bad happened. They said she seems so happy and so much
calmer than her usual self. It was true. We had made it through.
From that moment on whatever Princess had to face I knew we
would face it together. That is just what we did.

Today she is a well adjusted teenager. You barely know she has
a learning disability. She is organized and well versed. I'm so
proud of all that she has accomplished. I give all the credit to her.




Did you struggle with something with your children
and was able to find that thing that worked for your
family? Ours was homeschooling. If so please feel free to
add your blog article to the linky or share in comments.


Blessings ,

Nikki




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Favorite Family Past Time





This is day Three of the Two Weeks of Parenting Meme.
If you have missed any of it you can find all of the links in a
list below and don't miss out on the
Christian Parenting 5 Winners , Giveaway!!

Monday April 22- Birth Stories
Tuesday- April 23- My top 5 Favorite Children's Products
Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
Thursday April 25- Our family struggled
the most with our child/children when_____.
Friday April 26 - What I have learned Being a Parent.

Monday April 29- Chores through the Ages
Tuesday April 30- Story time What are your favorite picture books?
Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
Thursday May 2- Character Training
Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children



What is your Families Favorite Past Time?

As a family our most favorite past time is spending time with each
other. There is nothing better. A family needs that time to grow stronger
together in faith and in love. Without that time your children won't have
the respect for you that you might be seeking. If they first don't feel
that love then they won't want to listen when you have something
important to say. It takes a lot of work and you have to be intentional
about it. That might sound like an odd thing to say about family fun
time but if you let it fall it will cause strife in your life. All
families need to come together to encourage one another and
build that strength to go out into the world again. It's the safe place
of all places. A time to fill  up with Joy and peace.

I remember many years ago when my oldest was in middle
school. She did not have the privilege of being homeschooled.
I really wish she had. At one point our relationship was beginning
to become distant and a struggle. I didn't want to be far from my
child in heart. I started making a point of trekking up to her
room every evening while she did whatever she was doing just to
talk to her. Just this one act began to change everything. Now that
daughter is all grown up and I have to trek farther down the road
in the car to get to her apartment. She is always busy and parking
there is difficult but I'll work on trekking again for the security it
provides to her and the relationship that we so value.

We do a lot of things together as a family. Sometimes the activities
change with the age of the children. Most of my children love to
craft and do artsy type things except for Princess. She's not an arts
and crafts sort of girl. I found that discussing important films and
clips was more her style. Finding that one thing can sometimes be
difficult but keep trying you'll find it.

Some of our favorite family past times are the old favorites
like family game night and old yard games. I also know I'll
have everyone captivated it if I get a new puzzle and lay it on
the table. But are all time favorite thing to do is go walking or hiking
at our local state park . Sometimes we go a bit farther away so we can
jump in the creek and cool off. We all love exploring the outdoors.
I love it because it gets us away from all the electronics. Most of
the time they don't work well in the mountains. (wink)

I think I love the mountains so much because it reminds me of
my own childhood. There were so many great memories associated with it.
That's what I want my kids to have.

I did a little digging and found three photos of Sweet pea
in the creek at Caledonia state park. I love how much she
changed and grew. Wow time sure does go so fast.


Sweet Peas first year exploring the water. She only
went in to her shoes and would run back out.

 



The next year she jumped right in and found a cup to
see what she could find.




Last year she was in her swimsuit so that she could swim and get
wet. Look at that face. Cutie.....

I'm sure when it warms up some more you will see some new pictures
of us in the Mountains.

If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors remember that you can
enter free on certain days. Check out 2013 Free National Park Days .
Make sure you check the list to see if the park you are interested in visiting
is Participating.

April 22-26
National Park Week

  • January 21
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 22-26
    five days during National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11
    Veterans Day weekend

  • What is your favorite family past time? Leave me a comment
    or share a link to your blog showing your favorite activity. It
    doesn't have to be a current post.


    Warm blessings,

    Nikki


    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Christian Parenting Handbook GIVEAWAY!!- 5 Winners



    WE HAVE WINNERS!!!!!!!

    Congratulations to the winners
    This is what you won:

    Emilee -  Honor Multimedia package
    KewKew - BPU University
    Jean- Disciple Making at Home
    Catina- Parenting Shift
    Donna - Christian Parenting handbook
    Bundle

    I will be emailing you shortly.
    Catina Please contact me your email is
    not working for me.

    I am so pleased to announce that as part of the Christian
    Parenting Handbook Launch Team I am able to offer you
    some Free products in Giveaway Form. Don't forget that
    if you are planning to order the handbook that you do so
    the week of April 29th- May 4 so that you get the additional
    free resources. You can learn more about Launch Week Here
    and the Mega giveaway (which will start April 29th)
      Plus don't forget about all the events.

    My Review of the book will be posted later in the week.

    EVENTSTuesday April 30, 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST – Google
    Hangout with Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller.


    Wednesday May 1, 8:00 – 9:00 pm EST – Twitter Party


    I will be also hosting some Parenting Chats for the next two
    weeks so come and join the fun if you are a blogger or post
    your comments to share with us about your parenting experiences.

    Now for the GIVEAWAYS!!!

    There will be 5 Winners one winner for each prize listed below.



    (A $16.99 Value)

    It is our job to pass our faith on to our children. This E-book
    gives you many tips and ideas for making that task a little easier
    using the little moments to guide them along. As a Christian
    parent I want to be able to raise my kids to follow after God.


    ($99.95 Dollar Value)



    Honor Multimedia Package

    Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes,
    in You and Your Kids Lesson 1 Complete Package:
    Includes Lesson 1 on Video, as an MP3, includes Study Guide pages,
    and the Kids Honor Club Children’s Program. ($59.95 Value)

    I admit to wanting this one for myself. :) I have been to a conference
    on this very topic and always wanted to make the purchase. Maybe
    this year will be the year.
     


    Christian Parenting Handbook-  Is a wonderful tool for parents. It goes
    against most parenting books and guides you as the parent to train your
    children to your child's heart. What an amazing approach. This is a guide
    all parents should have.

    The Companion Guide- is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50
    audio tips that take you through the handbook step by step.








    To enter:

    1. Please leave a comment on my blog telling me
    which product you would like to win (This may not
    be the one you get :)

    2. Make sure you Leave your
    email address so that I can contact you. If there is not an
    email address I will skip to the next winner. If you don't want
    your email address in comments then just write private on
    your post and as soon as possible I will remove it but keep
    your information.

    3.  Winners will be chosen by Random.org.
    Winners will be announced on May 1 on this post
    and will contacted by email.

    This giveaway is open to Residents of the U.S. only.
    Void where prohibited. Must be at least 18 years of age

    If you are on Facebook and are willing please click and
    Vote for my youngest daughter. She is entered in a
    Cutest Kid Contest under my name Nikki. This will
    not count as an entry. Only vote if you feel lead. Thank-You.


    Good Luck everyone.

    Nikki






    My Top 5 Favorite Children's Products



    



    This is day two of the Two Weeks of Parenting Meme.
    Yesterday we shared some of our Birth Stories. A few
    bloggers jumped in and decided to share their stories too.
    I loved the story of the home births. Thank- you to those
    who were willing to share such private moments in your lives.
    I will be working my way around today to read your posts.
    Please feel free to continue to add to the link till April 29th.
    You can read my Birth Stories and some of the others.

    Don't miss out on the Events of the week. You can jump in
    and link up to any of these.

    Monday April 22- Birth Stories
    Tuesday- April 23- My Top 5 Favorite Children's Products
    Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
    Thursday April 25- Our family struggled
    the most with our child/children when_____.
    Friday April 26 - What I have learned Being a Parent.

    Monday April 29- Chores through the Ages
    Tuesday April 30- Story time What are your favorite picture books?
    Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
    Thursday May 2- Character Training
    Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children

    Please come back later today for a special GIVEAWAY!!!
    Today's activity My Top 5 Favorite Children's Products

    (This is my personal opinion I do not get any compensation
    from these companies.)


    1. I admit it I used diapers and not cloth when my kids were little.
    I just wasn't into cleaning up all those nappies. With my first child
    I tried all of the expensive diapers and then went to the cheaper but
    what I found was that they leaked. Even the ones who claimed they didn't.
    The diaper of all diapers that stood the test of time and worked for all
    5 of my children boys and girls was Luv's Diapers. If you Join the Luv's
    website today you can get a $1.00 off coupon of your next purchase.
    You might also want to give it a try and entire their Luv's sweepstakes
    on Facebook you could win a years supply of Diapers .



    My young children love to move, sing and dance. Many years ago
    a friend of mine bought me the cassette to some music involving bean
    bag play. This cassette has stood the test of time and has been used for
    many, many events and activities. We have also used it for play time in our
    home. We ended up making our own bean bags which is so simple to do.
    The children then sort of dance with their bean bags, toss them in the air,
    and follow basic directions. This ones a keeper. I especially like it when
    the weather is bad and everyone is wiggly. It's a nice indoor way to release
    some energy. Your can purchase it at Music and Motion for $15.95 (CD)
    There are some sample songs for your to listen to on the website.





    2. Now this is one of my kids all time favorite games. It's an alternative
    to the Candyland game. Honestly while I'm talking about it .
    I'm not a big fan of the new Candyland board . The board has gotten
    so busy for a preschooler to follow. We just bought a new one for
    my youngest. These things seem to wear out over the years of use
    and she found it so hard to follow so I pulled out our old
    3. Grow Grow Giraffe Game.  Basically you set up the stand up
    giraffe. Children spin a spinner and what ever color you land on
    that is the color you want on your giraffes neck. You slide the
    giraffe up to that first colored spot and put in a little bow tie
    to keep it standing. Whoever gets their giraffe neck the highest
    and to the top first wins. Even the older kids love this game.
    You can order it on Amazon right now for $11.99. There are
    only  left in stock right now.





    4. My children also have been big fans of Melissa and Doug Toys
    In particular we have loved and played with over and over the
    play food sets. The kids have the Pizza Kit, Birthday Cake
    and Cutting Food into pieces. Even today when my oldest
    who is 15 finds new food playset she will oohh and ahh over it.
    I think it has found memories for them. Most are about $19.99.



    5. Last on my list is Discovery. I found them many moons
    ago from a sister in law she was hosting a party . What I like
    about Discovery toys is that they are educational and fun.
    Two of our favorites sort of are similar but for different ages.

    Mosaic Mysteries for $20.00 These have plastic tile shapes
    that can be laid on the tile try to create various patterns.
    Examples are included for the child to try. This for children
    8 years and up.


    Playful Patterns for $25.00  There are various foam colored
    shapes and shape cards that come with the set. So children
    create their own shape creations or they can use the cards to
    create pictures. The match the shape to the picture card.
    This is for preschool children.




    What I like about both products is that they can be played at the
    same time but in various levels.




    Thanks for coming by today and sharing
    My favorite parenting products. Please leave a link to yours
    or add them in the comments section.

    Warm Blessings,

    Nikki


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