Q&A: How Can I Prevent Potty-Training Accidents?

Avoiding Potty-Training Accidents

I recieved the following question last week in response to my post, A Common-Sense Approach to Potty-Training: Question: My sons are 4 & 6. They can stay dry for days or can have 5 accidents in 3 hours. It can be hard to know how extra sets of clothes to … Continue reading

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The Lord Is My Shepherd (Coloring Page)

Dozens of free Scripture-based coloring pages from flandersfamily.info

This week’s coloring page is based on the first two verses of the 23rd Psalm: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside quiet streams.” The Psalm goes on to say that even when walking through … Continue reading

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A Happy Announcement

The Lovebirds

I took a longer break from blogging than intended this week, but we had a lot going on, with unpacking from our recent road trip and starting back to school. We returned from vacation to find that our refrigerator had stopped working sometime during the two weeks we were away. … Continue reading

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9 Ingenius Uses for Toilet Paper Tubes

9 Ingenius Uses for empty toilet paper tubes

My mother used to find all sorts of amazing uses for toilet paper tubes. She could keep my sister and me entertained for hours with those little cardboard cylinders, making craft projects and musical instruments. When we grew too old for those toys and games, she taught us to use … Continue reading

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By Wisdom a House is Built (Coloring Page)

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Today marks the end of our two-week summer road trip. It’s been lots of fun (and I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks about some of the stuff we did while we were gone) — but as always, it will be nice to be back home. So I thought … Continue reading

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The Best Manhattan Tours for Movie Buffs

Madame Tussaud's

Our family spent a few days in New York City this month. While we were there, we took a couple of very different but very memorable tours of Manhattan. Both were a blast, so I wanted to share them with you, together with one other attraction that is sure to … Continue reading

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Finding Family Fun in Boston

Finding Family Fun in Boston

During a recent road trip to the Northeast, my husband learned that one of his favorite bands, BOSTON, would soon be playing in Boston, so we shuffled our travel itinerary so we could be in town for the big event. If you look closely, you can see an ad for … Continue reading

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DC in Less that a Day

How to see DC in Less than a Day

One could spend a whole month in Washington, DC, and still not see it all. Unfortunately, for the majority of our family visits to our nation’s capital city, we’ve just been “passing through” on our way to somewhere else. But we’ve learned to pack a LOT of sightseeing into a … Continue reading

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He Gently Leads (Coloring Page)

Flume Gorge

I’m sorry today’s coloring page is so late, but our family is currently on vacation in the Northeast — hence, all the travel posts I’ll be publishing this week. 🙂 We spent the morning hiking through Flume Gorge in New Hampshire’s beautiful Franconia Notch State Park. The terrain is gorgeous … Continue reading

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Not Your Parents’ Paint-by-Number

Paint by Number Museum

I remember attempting a few paint-by-number kits as a child. They were all huge — 16 x 20 or bigger — with infinitesimally small areas to be filled in with smelly oil paints that were easily smudged and took approximately three weeks to dry between layers. By the time my … Continue reading

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Iron Sharpens Iron (Coloring Page)

Dozens of free Scripture-based coloring pages from flandersfamily.info

Here’s a fitting coloring page for National Friendship Day, taken from Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Friends come in all shapes and sizes. They may be coworkers or classmates, military buddies or moms of preschoolers, next door neighbors or nieces and nephews. Regardless … Continue reading

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Go for the Gold in Family Fun this Summer!

Go for the Gold in Family Fun this Summer

A few years ago, I had some genetic testing done that uncovered something you might not suspect just by looking at me: I have one copy of the “Olympic Sprinter Gene.” So as the games of the 31st Olympiad begin this week, I feel a stronger bond with those athletes … Continue reading

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Exploring Texas: Natural Bridge Caverns

Exploring Texas: Natural Bridge Caverns

One of our sons finished basic training for Army officers at Fort Sam Houston last month, and several of us drove down to watch him graduate. While we were in San Antonio, we visited Natural Bridge Caverns and took their “Discovery Tour.” These caverns are the largest in Texas. They … Continue reading

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Reading God’s Word (Free Coloring Page)

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This week’s coloring page highlights the wonderful gift God has given us in His Holy Word. I believe God’s Word is inspired, infallible, inerrant, and will not return to Him void, but will accomplish the divine purpose for which He sent it out. (Isaiah 55:11) Part of that purpose is … Continue reading

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Draw Patterns (Timberdoodle Review)

Draw Patterns - a fun way for preschoolers to learn pattern recognition

My little Abby has had a great time this summer helping me review products from Timberdoodle. A few weeks back, we tried out How to Draw Almost Everything. Although the tutorials in that book led to noticeable improvements in her artwork, they were probably better suited to her older siblings. … Continue reading

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Q&A: How to Discourage Lying

Teaching Your Kids to Tell the Truth

Question: How do you handle it when a toddler admits to a lie? I want to teach my 2.5 year old son that lying is bad, which in our family usually means discipline. But I don’t want my discipline for the lie to make him afraid to admit to lies … Continue reading

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