Saturday, March 21, 2015

Outdoor Fun- Safe Swords


 

We have been having weeks of rainy, soggy, cold weather. I am so ready for my kids to get outside and play in the warm sunshine. One of the first things I am sure they will do is gather sticks for a "sword" fight.

 
 
 
If your kids are like mine, they love pretending that sticks are swords or lightsabers. Although I want my boys to be active I would rather them play with something safer than a sharp stick. These foam swords were a great answer.  They will spend hours outdoors playing with these "swords."
 

 
The easiest way to make them is to use pool noodles. You just cut the pool noodles in half with scissors, and then use duct tape to make the handles. To be more creative, use markers or colored duct tape on the handles to make them look more like lightsabers.
What if you can't find pool noodles?  When we went to buy ours, the store did not have pool noodles in, yet; so they gave us pipe foam insulators that were being used for a display. They worked just as well as the pool noodles.
You can have a traditional sword fight, or you could also make up a more advanced game. You score points based on where the sword touches you--1 point for the leg area, 2 points for the arm area, 5 points for the stomach or back. However you decide to play with them, they will provide hours of fun. They even make a great craft idea for a boy's birthday party.
 
I am excited to be a part of The Outdoor Challenge with 30 other bloggers who are giving us great ideas to keep our kids active and to enjoy the outdoors. Check out the rest of The Outdoor Play Challenge at Building Blocks and Acorns.  
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Review: Motivate Your Child


Book Review: Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
                                               *I received the book free and also received compensation but the opinions are my own.

** A great bonus offer at the end of the post!

When I read the following words on the back of the book I knew this book would be perfect for my family. “God's Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live. This practical book explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.”
I have noticed that yelling, taking privileges away, or even using rewards does not help my children become motivated to do things on their own. I have tried to figure out different methods to get them to do things without being told.  

I am so glad I found this book. It is a practical guide that I can use along with the Bible. Instead of having to use some type of reward or punishment to externally motivate my children, they can learn to be internally motivated. There are many ideas in this book that one can easily implement. The book also uses examples of many different types of families.

I have read and discussed parts of this book with my children. So far, I have been shocked at how implementing just a few of these ideas has already made such a big difference in my children’s behavior. For example, instead of telling my children that they had to clean their room now, I asked, “What is your plan to clean your room?” They came up with their own plan. I trusted them with it and the room was cleaned at the time they told me it would be.

This book points out that we need to get kids on “level two” and even “level three” thinking. According to the authors, level one thinking is what kids engage in everyday, thinking about themselves and their own activities. Level two thinking focuses on responsibility and other people. Level three thinking considers God. The book even goes further by helping you teach your children to do more than what is expected.

 A great benefit to this book is that you can start using it on children of any age. They are not too old or too young to benefit from the teaching in this book.

This book gives me the tools to train my children to motivate themselves to do what they are supposed to do in all situations. It will stay in my list of references to share with other parents.

 
 
 
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Almost Wordless Wednesday "Yes! We Want to Build A Snowman!"






" Yes! We Want to Build A Snowman!" 




Last night  around 11:00 we had a surprise 5 minute blizzard!  I woke the boys up so they would not miss it!


This morning when they got up they asked to go play in the snow. We delayed our normal morning routine to have fun in the snow before it melted away.



They measured the snow! One of the boys said, "It's not even an inch!"



And yes, they even built a snowman!

I love surprise memory making times like these!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Big Green Giveaway!



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I am so excited to get to be apart of this exciting give away! Living green, healthy and organic is more than the products you buy or the lingo you use. It's about the day to day choices we make. Buying from a company that has our family's health at the core of their being or choosing to recycle. Simply taking a moment to pick trash off the ground or buying used are small steps that make a huge difference. The #BigGreenGiveaway is one more step. Each of the companies listed here are all living green, healthy and organic and they want to help you as you make those green or greener choices.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don't Complain


Philippians 2:14-15New American Standard Bible (NASB) 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.


I at The Multitaskin Mom talking about ways to be more proactive instead of complaining. I am also talking about ways to handle people who complain to or about you. 

http://themultitaskinmom.com/something-dont-complain/

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Big Green Giveaway

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