• general parenting,  seasonal

    ‘Tis the Season…to Get Rid of your Kid’s Stuff

    Have you ever walked into a home that felt more like a toy store than a place of residence? Is, perhaps, your home that way? If so, it’s easy to understand. We live in a materialistic, commercial culture where more is better and overstimulation is the norm. The problem is, more actually isn’t better, and an excess of stuff is taking a toll on American families.   Simplicity Parenting A few months ago, I read Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids┬áby Kim John Payne. It was informative and convicting, and one of the main things Payne addresses is the issue…

  • children's books

    5 Alphabet Books for Little Learners

    It’s hard to believe that it’s back to school season already! We are not sending Levi to preschool this year, but we are hoping to make every day an opportunity for learning at home. Right now, Levi is very interested in letters. He has mastered the letters “L” and “E” and enjoys pointing them out and writing them on any approved surface. His enthusiasm has led to us reading books about the alphabet quite a lot. Here are five alphabet books that we enjoy at our house. We’ve been reading them to Levi for years, and now Lucy will pick them up and plop them in our laps. Each one…

  • christian parenting

    God loved Noah. Period.

    “Are you kidding me?” My two year old turned and looked at me, wondering why I had stopped my usual story-telling cadence. “Read, Mommy,” he said. I couldn’t. The colors were bright. The illustrations cute. The story, an ancient one, and entirely familiar. I still am not sure why so many Christians are devoted to telling young ones the record of the annihilation of the earth as a happy story about animals, though I’d come to accept it, for better or for worse. But this, I could not accept. At the bottom of the page in a book about Noah read these words: “God loved Noah because he was good.” Maybe…