Monday

Helping Our Children Develop Kindness



Kindness is not something that children seem to be born with. Some are naturally kinder than others, but most find it a struggle when dealing with siblings or classmates. It's a character trait that I myself have had to work on over the years and it's something that I find myself constantly working on with my children. 

One way I chose to help them was by developing a nature based character unit that focused on kindness. Our Scripture focus was Proverbs 16:24 which says, "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”  and our nature focus was on bees. 

I loved incorporating crafts, recipes, science and suggested readings to go along with our devotional. I felt that doing this kept bringing us back to the topic and would help reiterate the character trait we were trying to develop. 

In our home, when a child is struggling to be sweet with what comes out of their mouth, they’re not allowed to put anything sweet into their mouth for the rest of the day. Each time there’s an opportunity that day for them to have a treat, they will not be able to eat it. Hopefully this will remind them how important it is that we choose kind words when we are talking to others. I try to remind our children (and myself) that it’s not only important what we say but how we say it. I give my children the example of canoeing. If someone goes for a canoe ride, they need to alternate paddling on both sides of the canoe. Otherwise they won’t go much of anywhere except in a big circle! They must paddle on both sides in order to have a successful canoe trip. Our words are much the same way. We can say the right words but speak them in the wrong way. With God’s help we want to say the right words in the right way and when we do, our relationship with others will be much better.

How do you help develop kindness in your children?





Are you looking to improve your health in 2019?  Then I'd love to have you join me in my private Facebook group called Bridging the Gap. Also, be sure to check out my "Bee Kind" and "Diligence" nature based character development units and my ebooks as well: A Wife's Guide to Studying ProverbsTopical Devotions for Pregnancy and Early Potty Teaching. Or, if you're looking for a way to get 30 raw fruits and vegetables in your diet every day, contact me here




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Wednesday

Custom Graduation Invites with Basic Invite + a Coupon Code!


It's that time of year when parents of Seniors start thinking about designing and mailing out Graduation Announcements. It's always hard to believe how fast our kids grow up and when you reach this milestone you find yourself busier than ever trying to pull together everything to make this event memorable. Thankfully, Basic Invite makes the Announcement process easier on you so you can focus more on enjoying the special moments. 

If you're not yet familiar with Basic Invite, here are a few key points to brighten your day. 

Monday

Rooted Childhood: A Way to Create and Connect with Your Children Through the Seasons



What is Rooted Childhood?

Rooted Childhood is a carefully thought out monthly collection that is seasonally inspired. It includes various handcrafts, recipes, stories, and book suggestions. Our family has taken advantage of a subscription to Rooted Childhood for several months now and I always look forward to the ideas and inspiration I receive in each collection. What I love best about these collections is that all of the ground work is laid for me to help develop a seasonally rich atmosphere in our home.

Meghann, the creator and founder of Rooted Childhood, has carefully curated the crafts included in each monthly edition to be seasonally supportive. I find them to be on varying levels (none of which are too hard and that's coming from a non-crafty person).  She includes beautiful pictures, step by step instructions (including video tutorials) and tries to keep the costs down by not using anything too unusual. It's easier for me to turn to a monthly collection like this rather than Pinterest for several reasons. For starters, I know that the crafts and recipes are all tried and true. I also appreciate that everything that is pulled together is with a theme in mind. This saves me a lot of time and trial and error. 


My children have loved the various projects that we've worked on and several will be keepsakes for years to come. For me personally, I've loved that the recipes are easy, healthy and delicious. (My all time favorite so far is the Date Caramel Apple Dip. It was AMAZING--and I don't even like dates!) I think I'll be taking advantage of that recipe quite a bit in the last month of pregnancy as I prepare for labor. 😉





Who is Rooted Childhood For?

Rooted Childhood is geared towards a wide range of ages. Personally, I've used it with my five children, ages 2-13 in varying degrees. Obviously, the two year old is more along for the food as is my 13 year old boy. 😉 My middles have enjoyed the books suggestions, crafts and food and I would say my 11 year old daughter has loved all of it but especially the crafts the most. Truly, Rooted Childhood has been such a great addition to our homeschool! Honestly, though, whether you homeschool or not, I think you will find the collection endearing. I love that it helps me to spend quality time with my kids and usually without too much effort. They thrive on these types of activities and time together so I feel that it has been such a great fit for us. I personally don't feel led to complete every single handcraft or read every story that's included so I just pick and choose the ones that best fit our style and budget. 





How to Stay Connected

Meghann has created a closed Facebook group for Rooted Childhood subscribers which is an excellent resource to ask questions, get help or see how others are implementing the collection into their family rhythm. 




Want to Give it a Try?

If you care to try before you buy, then be sure to download the FREE Sunrise Collection here. It will provide you off with some beautiful inspiration that is flavored in the same way as the monthly seasonal collections. Meghann has put a tremendous amount of effort into each month's collection and it all stems from years of activities that she has done with her own children. Each collection is beautiful, professional and inspirational and has brought my family simple joy and peace as we explore each month's activities. Be sure to use my affiliated coupon code PURPOSEFULHOMEMAKING10 to get 10% off your own collection of Rooted Childhood. Get yours here


Are you looking to improve your health in 2019?  Then I'd love to have you join me in my private Facebook group called Bridging the Gap. Also, be sure to check out my "Bee Kind" and "Diligence" nature based character development units and my ebooks as well: A Wife's Guide to Studying ProverbsTopical Devotions for Pregnancy and Early Potty Teaching. Or, if you're looking for a way to get 30 raw fruits and vegetables in your diet every day, contact me here



Thanks so much for visiting Purposeful Homemaking. Stay connected so you don't miss a thing:


This post may involve product that was received in exchange for a review or contain affiliate links for which I will earn compensation should you choose to make a purchase. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Thank you for your support of Purposeful Homemaking.

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