Category Archives: Family

Kids Are Dangerous And Moms Shouldn’t Vacuum

Warning to all parents, or future parents.

Kids are dangerous.

I don’t mean dangerous as in kids seek out dangerous opportunities (they do, but that’s not the point), I mean kids are the danger to mothers all over the world.  Oh sure, they can pose a threat to themselves, but truth be told, they pose an enormous threat to their parents.

I always knew kids get hurt, it’s part of life, right?  But before having children of my own, I had no idea the danger they are to parents.  If you’re a parent, and this is a new-found discovery…consider yourself warned.

It wasn’t until my third child was mobile until I realized Continue reading Kids Are Dangerous And Moms Shouldn’t Vacuum

Parenting Tip-O-The Day: Remembering Instructions

This is a parenting tip-o-the day series!  One tip sprinkled throughout the year which can be applied right away.  Subscribe to Anchored In His Grace so that you don’t miss more from this series!

Please tell me my children aren’t the only ones with a hearing problem.  In particularly hearing my instructions.  We’ve talked before about a nice little trick to grab your child’s attention, but sometimes they just walk way and plain forget the instructions you just gave them.

This itty bitty tip is so simple, I’m tempted to say that you probably already use this; however, I’ve been surprised in the past to find many wonderful parents don’t even think about this tiny tip.

One single tip to help your child remember instructions! - Anchored In His Grace #parenting #kids

What’s this jewel of a tip that makes my life easier throughout the day?

It’s this simple Continue reading Parenting Tip-O-The Day: Remembering Instructions

Juggling the Sports Season for Large Families

In our neck of the woods Spring sports is in full force, and let me tell you….placing multiple children on sports teams is most definitely a juggle!

Most often, large family anything is typically going to be some type of juggling act.  Anytime we approach the sports season, my husband and I discuss a few things first:

Who will be signing up for sports?

What are their interests?

What are their strengths/weaknesses?

What other activities is our family committed to this season?

These questions help us Continue reading Juggling the Sports Season for Large Families

Large Family Confessions: Things That Make {Me} Go Hmmm

If there’s one thing every large family has in common, it’s the fact that we get oodles of comments.  Oodles of strange comments.  And oodles of the same comments.

But I’m not going to share today about my quirky responses to those comments, instead I’m going to fess up.  There are just some questions, statements, and assumptions that I’d really rather not respond to because the truth of the matter is…my response is not going to be as earth shattering as you think it’ll be.

Large famly confessions; we're not quite what you think - Anchored In His Grace #largefamily #family Continue reading Large Family Confessions: Things That Make {Me} Go Hmmm

Let’s Get Real Home Tour

Friends, it’s time to get real with our homes!  Time to share with each other the realities of our everyday life….in pictures!

I have the fabulous challenge to take you on a mini-home tour of my own home, yet keeping these pictures authentic to my everyday life.  Whether these pictures are clean, messy, or just plain chaotic they will each demonstrate our daily life as a homeschool family of 7.

Real pictures of the real life of my home.

Real world homes for real world lives! - Anchored In His Grace

Continue reading Let’s Get Real Home Tour

Simple Organization for Busy Bags

About three or four years ago, I was introduced to busy bags, and since then we’ve never looked back.  Busy bags are a large part of my preschoolers lives, and over the years I’ve steadily collected these activities for my children.

Some I’ve created myself, some I’ve found on Pinterest, and others I’ve come across in conversations with friends.  {Here are my favorite busy bags!}  A few years ago I realized our busy bag situation needed some confinement.

Quick, simple, and easy! Organize those busy bags practically without loosing your mind! - Anchored In His Grace #busybags

Continue reading Simple Organization for Busy Bags

Parenting Tip-O-The Day: Goals!

This is part of a parenting tip-o-the day series.  Throughout the year I’ll bring you a tip you can apply in your parenting right away!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s tip; comment below and tell me what you think!  Be sure to subscribe to Anchored In His Grace so that you never miss another parenting tip-o-the day!

Parenting is tough.  Ok, well you already knew that.  But I’ll tell ya, if there’s one thing that drives me to parenting madness it’s teaching the same concept over, and over again.  It’s disciplining for the same behavior over, and over again.  It’s the training, and re-training…over and over again.

All this going back over the same concept, the same discipline issue, the same teaching, again and again sends me to wonder if I’m even doing this parenting thing right.

Am I doing any good?

Is what I’m doing working?

Do we have to have this conversation again today?

Friends, we’ve talked before Continue reading Parenting Tip-O-The Day: Goals!

Kissing Mommy Guilt Good-Bye

Ten years ago I was a new mom with a four-month old baby in my arms.  Like most new mothers I was overwhelmed with the sentiment that I had no idea what I was doing.  Knowing full well that I lacked the basic knowledge to care for a new baby, let alone be a good parent, I poured over magazine articles and books.

As I read I didn’t realize it but I created lists upon lists about what a good mommy does.  I kept mental notes on quality time with my baby, food choices, activities to provide, diapering choices, play date options, scheduling, flexibility, going out, staying in, and on and on the lists grew.

Toss in a few more babies within the next three years and one thing was for sure. Continue reading Kissing Mommy Guilt Good-Bye

Parenting Tip-O-The Day: Getting Their Attention

This is part of a parenting tip-o-the day series.  Throughout the year I’ll bring you a tip you can apply in your parenting right away.  I’d love to know your thoughts on today’s tip; comment below and tell me what you think!  Be sure to subscribe to Anchored In His Grace, so that you never miss another parenting tip-o-the day.

Today’s parenting tip-o-the day has everything to do with getting our children’s attention.  It’s a tip we all know is effective, and we’ve even used it from time to time.  However, it takes a bit of work, and lets face it, it’s easy to fall back into old habits.

Today’s tip is just a friendly reminder, Continue reading Parenting Tip-O-The Day: Getting Their Attention

Easy Busy Bags for Little Ones

Over the years I’ve collected quite a few busy bags for my little ones.  Busy bags have been a great way for my preschoolers, and toddlers, to have a quiet activity they can do on their own.

Many busy bags offer an educational element, but they all offer fine motor practice.  Not to mention the independent skills young children are learning when they retrieve their busy bag, and then are expected to put it away when they’re completed.

Busy bags are simple activities in which all supplies fit into a zipped, gallon size plastic bag.  I must have at least 30 busy bags tucked away, but there are some that my children gravitate towards weekly.

These are Continue reading Easy Busy Bags for Little Ones