The Dragon of the Month Club- Review

As my children get older, I’m finding it more and more difficult to find quality literature that will appeal to them. Young children are generally very open to a vast array of books, as long as they are being read to. As time goes on, however, they tend to become more and more particular about what they read.

Don’t get me wrong. This is a good thing. It means that they are finding their own preferences, and thus are much more likely to actually pay attention when reading. The hard part for us parents is locating books that fit our growing kids’ criteria.

The Dragon of the Month Club, by Iain Reading, is a valuable option for parents to consider. This isn’t your ordinary fantasy genre book about a dragon. It’s far, far more.  Continue reading “The Dragon of the Month Club- Review”

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12 Things NOT to Say About My Big Family

…even if you’re “just joking”.

I love having a big family. And by big, I don’t mean three or four kids. I love being the mom of a super-size family. My eleven children are such a source of sheer joy for me, and I’d never trade our life for anything.

Unfortunately, the choice that my husband and I made to have this number of children seems to give people the notion that they can say whatever they want to us about this decision. Some people say the nicest things, and I certainly am grateful for those moments because I’m finding that more and more people can’t seem to find the filter on their mouths.  Continue reading “12 Things NOT to Say About My Big Family”

Is It Time to Abolish Truancy Laws for Good?

Yesterday morning as I read of yet another threat against a school in a neighboring district after a middle school student in our own was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school last week, the issue of truancy laws came to the forefront of my mind.

Should schools have the authority to enforce school attendance when they can no longer guarantee the safety of their students?

I can’t help but find it a bit hypocritical that school districts with frequent incidents of violence can still threaten parents with fines and/or incarceration if their kids miss too much school. It just makes no sense to me. Shouldn’t the parents have the authority to make this decision, especially in light of the rise in school violence recently?  Continue reading “Is It Time to Abolish Truancy Laws for Good?”

Hate Buying Batteries? Try These 25 Gift Ideas Instead!

Batteries are the bane of my existence. As a mom of 10 kids (and 1 adult son), there are two things that really irk me about battery-operated toys:

  1. They’re expensive to keep replacing and a nuisance to remember to replace them, and…
  2. They take away crucial elements of imaginative play.

I don’t know about how things work in your household, but in ours, battery-operated toys are played with when the children first get them. Afterwards, we keep forgetting to replace the batteries once they’ve worn out (or simply can’t afford 100 new batteries every 3 months), and once-expensive toys end up getting broken or thrown away.

It’s a waste of money.  Continue reading “Hate Buying Batteries? Try These 25 Gift Ideas Instead!”

Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional- Review

Christmas is right around the corner. As a mom of seven girls, I can attest to the fact that once they reach a certain age, they can be a bit- ahem- difficult to buy gifts for. Toys are too babyish, but makeup is too grown up.

What’s a mom to do?  Continue reading “Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional- Review”

5 Days of Christmas Lists- 25 Christmas Goodies to Make with Your Kids

Wow. I can’t believe the last day of the 5 Days of Christmas Hopscotch has already arrived. It’s been a fun week, hasn’t it?

To recap, this week I’ve suggested 25:

Christmas books

Christmas activities

Christmas specials, and…

Christmas crafts

If that hasn’t given you some Christmas inspiration, I don’t know what will!

But it’s not over yet…today I’m going to give you…  Continue reading “5 Days of Christmas Lists- 25 Christmas Goodies to Make with Your Kids”