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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Raising smart successful children is tough...

We've been through a lot in the last 5 months. We've moved to a new city, the kids are attending a new school, and my husband a new job. AHHH!!!  It's been hectic to say the least.

Now that we are kind of settled I've just been trying to teach my children valuable lessons when I can. Lately I've felt the kids being too dependent on devices and not really wanting to help out around the house. I've felt very frustrated and just tired of yelling and repeating myself over and over and over again!!

My mom gave us a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Jr. kit she got from work. She thought it was a financial game. It's something I wanted to do with the kids but since we were moving and going through everything the last 3 years I never really got around to it. We've moved 3 times in the past 3 YEARS!! We would see the box sitting around and the kids would say "I want to play that" and I'm like "yeah we'll get to that".

Cut to maybe a year later and I finally figured out what it was. I found out it isn't really a game but a system to help teach your kids about work, spending, saving and giving.

I do well with instructions and how to's. I can follow guidelines pretty well. In fact I prefer to have help because I don't consider myself the best of teachers. As you will see if you watch the 18 minute video down below.  (I know it's long, but these are things I want my kids to retain)

So a couple things.

I'm really excited to teach my kids about saving for what they want instead of us just buying everything they want. I want them to feel good about working hard for money and then saving for something they want and buying it themselves.  I also want them to learn how to work and be the type of employee that goes above and beyond because that's what they've been taught.

So I bought 2 more of these systems for each of my children and we sat down and started this during family home evening one night. If you want to watch how we introduced it watch down below.

I have an 8 year old a 6 year old and a 2 year old. If I can give you any advice it would be that each child learns at their own pace. My 8 year old I've noticed has really been learning quickly after one pay day he's learned that if he wants the Skylander IMaginator video game he's gonna have to work hard. He's been determined everyday to do chores.

My 6 year old on the other hand wants a guinea pig, but isn't willing to work as hard to make the commission to earn it. I am not going to push her but hope one day it sinks in as we are diligent in keeping up with this system. It requires a bit of work on our parts in remembering to get cash every friday, but I think it's worth it and I feel so much better about giving them money when I know they've worked hard to get it.

This system is for 3-12 year olds, and I know my youngest is 2 but I am not expecting her to do much right now. In fact I'm not expecting much from any of them, I'm giving them the system and while I will try to motivate them, the success is ultimately up to them. If they don't do chores, they don't earn commissions it's as simple as that. I don't hound them, I don't remind them, they do it or they don't.

I like that there are activity books with this system that we worked on together, we still have 3 lessons to go but I think as they do their chores each week having those lessons helps them understand a little better as they are doing it.

It's great. Anyway I will probably blog about how the system goes in a few weeks or vlog the event when my oldest makes enough to buy that video game. (he's already decided if he makes $10 a week he can buy the game he wants in 6 weeks)

If you're interested in this system and have questions feel free to leave a comment and I will respond.

I also have seen people do basically the same thing on Pinterest but make up their own charts and stuff and I think that works great too.

The guide book that comes with the system explaining everything and also buying the book Smart Money, Smart Kids, by Dave Ramsey helps.

I'm not getting paid to write this post, but I just think I needed someone to help me because I never learned these lessons as a kid.  Yeah my parents made me work and do chores, and yeah I had jobs, but no one taught me how to be smart with my money. Something I wish I was better at myself.

And in an ever increasing dependent on credit world we live in, I want my kids to be savvy and smart with money.




Parenting is hard, I'm constantly thinking of ways and things to teach my kids, and again I'm not very good at it.  I take it one day at a time. Some days you win, some days you lose, and some days you lose your mind. Haha.

We're all just doing the best we can right?!






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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Science Fun Explosion







We tried to make Elephant Toothpaste!

The kids had such a blast and it was a fun family activity to do together.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

a little Mother's Day art

Happy Mother's Day weekend!!

I told my kids Mother's Day is the one day a year we are appreciated. But, seriously sometimes it can feel like that.

I wanted to create something graphically for mothers this weekend.


When I think of motherhood I think of babies naturally. That moment when you meet your tiny baby and the only thing there is to do is love and kiss on them (and feed them and change them ect) This stage goes by all too quickly. 



 
 
This next piece I asked my husband to sketch me a mom and her daughter, I wanted just their backs and originally I had thought of like a beach scene, with long flowing dresses, but once I saw his sketch I thought it just looked like a mom and her daughter at the Kentucky derby.  It turned out kind of perfect because my mother loves horses and the derby.  My parents always love going and so I knew I wanted to incorporate a photograph. I even like it in b&w. 

To all you mothers out there, happy Mother's Day! 
 





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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Honoring Mother's for Primary Singing time

Happy Mother's Day Week!

I am so excited for our primary children to sing their mother's day medley found here. It is really beautiful!

Hopefully the older kids will sing so loud and the younger kids will remember some of the words. (Fingers crossed)

So, for mother's day sharing time in primary I decided we will get to know our children's mothers a little better. I have asked the mom's to provide me with a fun fact, a unique talent, or anything interesting about them (preferably one their child doesn't know so we can all be stumped) and their favorite primary song. I will put the mom's names on the board.

I made these Nesting dolls with my cricut. You can find the cricut simply charmed cartridge here. It has lots of great holiday cuts.



I will print out the fun fact and their favorite primary song and tape it to the back of these dolls and I will hide them around the room. I will have the children find them one by one and we will try and figure out which mom it is. We will put it beside the name on the board. I will have to put magnets on the back also. And we will sing their favorite primary songs.

My plan is to be able to reuse these nesting dolls, which is why I laminated them.  So I have to put the facts on there with tape or something easy to take off.

Just a little fun idea for this mothers day.

I think we will sing Praise to the Man Verse 1 and 3 for opening song and I will have the words printed so the kids who can read will learn the words. This way we can sing it once and still have a fun mother's day activity.  Or maybe verse 1 for opening song and verse 3 for closing.

I usually run late and I hardly get to do a closing song.  Not enough time! Such is the life of a primary chorister, am I right?!
Thanks for stopping by.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Primary Singing Time : Quick Song Ideas

I made a few stuffed toys for my primary kids to pull out songs for days when we need a wiggle song, days where we need a reverent song, and later on in the year for our primary program.


When I was thinking of what to do, I mostly had in my mind, "What items do I have on hand?" So, that's why these are random.  A Wiggle Worm Minecraft looking cube, A reverent Robot, and a Frog.

 I made this with felt brown squares and a green anti fleece fabric, I also had this fabric I cut out the flowers and sewed it to the top. Each of these stuffies has stuffing inside as well as a pocket to hold the wiggle worm songs.
A velcro opening that easily opens and closes so the kids can pick a song.

This would also be fun for a hot potato game while singing.

I found these worms on my circuit cartridge. It's called the Lovely Floral Cartridge  It saved me a lot of time from having to create my own on the computer. I just cut them out with my scrapbook paper and put the song on the back. Laminating it to last a while. 

I had a lot of green fleece so I decided to make a frog. It was fairly simple cutting out the body and parts. I didn't use a pattern or anything.

I created these flies myself. I laminated them with the song on the back. If you want to do something similar and would like my fly files feel free to comment and I can send them to you.  They go right in the mouth. These have all of the songs for our primary program on the back along with some blank for the kids to choose their favorite song.  I will use this towards the end of the year when we will randomly choose songs to sing.

Finally the Reverent Robot. I chose a robot because again, I had a circuit cartridge for robots. This is the one I have HERE . It was tedious making all the little Robots and putting a reverent song on the back. I thought it would be perfect for last minute reverent songs if the kids needed to be reverent. 

I found a tutorial for this robot here. I made it a lot bigger however. Probably 5 or 6" squares. Because my Robots on the circuit were about 4" big. I wanted them to fit inside this robot. 

 The Reverent songs go right in the back of the belly with a velcro piece to close and open easily.
 Here are the robots laminated so hopefully I can use for a long time.
How I put the songs on the back.


These stuffies have also come in handy for last minute song choices for Family Home evening or before Scripture study. Or if I just want my kids to be reverent or calm down and sing a wiggle song. I'm surprised at how often I incorporate some primary things into home things. It's why I wanted to make something I could keep. 

I am so thankful for my circuit. The possibilities are endless with the things you can cut out. 
Fathers day ties for Fathers day. All kinds of holiday things, etc.

Hopefully I've inspired your creativity today! Thanks for stoping by.
Have a great day.