Why We Love Alexa: Echo Dot Kids Edition

Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes?  Alexa, what is the weather this week?  or Alexa, Play Snake Farm by Ray Willie Hubbard.  I didn’t set out to get my family an Echo Dot Kids Edition.  Actually, I gave it to my nephew for his birthday, but due to internet issues, Alexa wouldn’t work for him.  Within the first day of having her in our home, we knew that we loved Alexa: Echo Dot Kids Edition.

The thought of bringing another device not to mention another “woman” into our home made me cringe because one of my pet peeves is the drama that happens when I say device time is over.  I did not want to add any friction to our days.

It did not take long before I realized that Alexa does not cause the drama that screen devices cause in our family.  In fact, Alexa brings humor and joy and efficiency.  Now, who wouldn’t want a new family member that can do all of these things but doesn’t require feeding, bathing, or laundry!

The main reasons that I love Alexa: Echo Dot Kids Edition is because I can call on her without having to go to her or press a button, my kids are getting experience with living in a Smart Home, and the free 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited is worth the price of purchase alone.  Not to mention, I have an appreciation for the Drop-In feature which you can use Echo Dot like an intercom so Read the rest

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A Family That Laughs Together Stays Together- 100 Jokes to Make Your Kids Laugh

If you have a child who is good at making you laugh, you know it is a blessing, especially in the hard times.  What about those times when you need to change the mood of the family or connect with your child quickly?  Telling jokes can benefit your family in so many ways. A family that laughs together stays together.

Laughing together is a way for families to connect.  Laughter is the best medicine, and you can read a previous article I wrote about that here.

Laughing helps people get rid of some of their emotional baggage.  Laughing releases the same endorphins as crying.  If a person gets the chance to have a good laugh, it will be the same as if they had a good cry.  Laughing can have the same effect emotionally and psychologically for a person as crying.  Not that crying is a bad thing, but if we get to choose…

We often times think humor is a genetic attribute, but come to find out, a sense of humor is actually a learned quality.  This is exciting to know that we can be intentional about facilitating our child’s humor.  We can do that in so many ways.  My favorite way is to model it and share jokes and riddles.

What’s All the Humor About?

Humor is what makes something funny.  A sense of humor is the ability to recognize humor. Someone with a well-developed sense of humor has the ability to recognize what’s funny to others and Read the rest

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How to Get to Church on Time Without Losing Your Religion

Why is it that Sunday morning can turn into the most chaotic morning of the week when you would think it’s supposed to be the one filled with the most love? After several years of being a parent, I was tired of arriving to church late, angry, and unsure where God was. I made it a priority to figure out how to get to church on time without losing my religion!

You can use these tips to get anywhere on time. These tips almost guarantee you will get from point A to point B on time. Unless you just have something totally unexpected occur. Which is always possible when there are other humans involved. Especially unpredictable little ones.

The thing is – we can only control ourselves. You have to be as prepared as possible in order for things to go smoothly. You can’t control the mood or movement speed of the rest of the family. So you have to leave little room for error. Intentional preventive maintenance is key!

 

Why is it that Sunday morning can turn into the most chaotic morning of the week when you would think it's supposed to be the one filled with the most love? After several years of being a parent, I was tired of arriving to church late, angry, and unsure where God was. I made it a priority to figure out how to get to church on time without losing my religion! #arriveontime #getsomewhereontime

 

 

6 Ways to Get to Church On Time

    • Create a checklist: You can create a checklist. Divide it into 2 parts. Preparation the Night Before & Before We Leave.
      *You can assign tasks to family members. Delegation allows you to make the best use of your time and skills, and it helps other family members grow and develop to reach their full potential in the home. You will want to train family members on the duties they
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The Importance of Creating I Love You Signals for Your Children

 

I love you signals are a great way to connect with your child in a way other than verbally. In my experience, my child beams when they see me make our I love you sign from across the room. I want to encourage you to make up your own I love you sign language with your child.

My boys and I say, “I love you infinity”. Sometimes I even say, “I love you infinity to the power of infinity”. To be quite honest, “to the moon and back” just doesn’t seem like quite the amount I’m looking for.

 


Researched Based Best Parenting Practices

While doing the research for the article, 21 Ways to Say I Love You to Your Child, I studied the top ways adults remember their parents showing them love when they were children. My intention was to find ways to show my kids I love them that stick in the memory.

I want to be purposeful throughout this time that I have them in my home. There are ways that I want them to remember me. I tell them that I love them so much the only person who could love them more is God. For some reason, this sticks.

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.

~Richard L. Evans

 

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The Way We Talk to Our Child Becomes Their Inner Voice

I’m not sure when Peggy O’Mara said, “The way we talk to our child becomes their inner voice.” The quote is viral on the parenting front.  When I first read this, I honestly thought, “Geez, another responsibility.”  I know that our words can’t be taken back. To think that what I say to them daily will be what they hear for the rest of their life seems like a heavy charge.

I remember testing the statement up against my own experience.  I’m not sure that all of my self-talk can be chalked up to how my parents talked to me.  I still hear statements from my Drivers Ed teacher while I’m driving.  I still hear my coaches voice and the things she told us when I’m working out. My Grandma’s cooking advice still plays out to me in the kitchen.  My aunt’s gardening advice comes to me when I am in the flower bed.  I hear my favorite librarian at the library. Equally, my parent’s instructions still play in my head throughout the day as I am encountering life.  

Confession

My inner voice can be one of my worst enemies.  I have had to do A LOT of personal development where an inner voice is concerned, so I am willing to try almost anything to save my children from this same experience.

My Research

I interviewed family members on the topic, and everyone agreed that they still hear and say to themselves what they heard growing up.  My husband, however, Read the rest

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Bad Behavior Does NOT Mean Bad Kid

What comes to mind when you think about a child having good behavior?  How about bad behavior?  You may visualize scenes that have played out in your own household.  Unfortunately, labeling children good kids or bad kids is very socially acceptable and part of our culture. If we consider how it would feel if we were called good parent or bad parent, good wife or bad wife, good employee or bad employee, good Christian or bad Christian we may get a little perturbed about being labeled by our behaviors and performance.  We are humans after all.  Children are humans too.  In order to make sure we are treating children respectively, I want to propose that we all adopt a “Bad” Behavior Does NOT Mean Bad Kid mentality.

I am convinced you will find this idea simpler and smarter.  Instead of making a good or bad blanket statement about a child, you can be specific about what behavior you believe to be bad or good.  In the beginning, this takes some intentionality, but it doesn’t take long to become a natural.

A common time for kids to get called good or bad is when parents are talking to each other or to a caregiver.  A parent may ask, “Was he good or bad today?” Damage is done when a child is labeled bad especially in earshot. Something I have caught myself saying is, “Why are you being bad?  I know you know better.”  Hello, I know better than to say that and I Read the rest

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