Give Your Kids The Best Things In Life By Telling Them No

Give Your Kids The Best Things In Life By Telling Them No

Inside:  Why you should get over your discomforts and learn to tell your kids no.

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Our 9 year old has decided that he wants–no, needs to own a fidget.  Do you know about fidgets?  They’re the latest craze with kids.  It’s a pretty cool idea, actually.  It’s a small toy that kids can spin and… well, basically fidget with to keep their hands occupied.  Perfect for occupying busy boys.  (Here’s an example.)

My Mom had bought small fidgets for my older two boys, and she offered to get one for him, too.  But he wanted a slightly different model for himself.  Trouble is, he had spent all of his money on a giant Lego set months ago and hadn’t refilled his piggy bank since then.

Part of me wanted to plop down the money for the toy and let him have it.  After all, it’s only a few dollars.  Even in our #yearofno it wouldn’t be much to spend.  And who can turn down a cute face asking for such a small thing?

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How to Develop Self Control: 5 Tips to Get What You Want Most

How to Develop Self Control: 5 Tips to Get What You Want Most

Inside:  You’re so tired of caving to every little temptation. But you don’t know how to develop self control! These 5 tips will change your thinking in no time.

I was sitting in church on Palm Sunday, when the deacon began talking about the Gospel.  On Palm Sunday, the masses were laying out palms for Jesus to walk across.  But by Thursday, they were calling for His death.

It struck me that the human struggle to stay focused on our life purpose is not new.  It’s innate human behavior that we all have to work hard to rise above.

Christians, for instance, have to fight their entire lives to avoid “feels good now” temptations in order to get what they want the most in the after life.  But there are many smaller journeys in life that are a good reflection of that.  Maybe we have been given the gift of practice rounds as we go.  What if we’re missing it?

Think about the last diet you tried.  You decided to start a journey of healthier eating, with your end goal being a number on the scale or the shirt tag.  It probably started great, until you were tempted by your favorite treat.  Or there was a celebration that you needed to take part in (and that always involves delicious food!).

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Daring Random Acts of Kindness for Kids (Free Printable!)

Daring Random Acts of Kindness for Kids (Free Printable!)

I’d had enough.  It was another one of those days where you wake to the sound of bickering, and it doesn’t stop until everyone is asleep.  With a school break on the horizon, I knew I had to do something.  We had to change the mood of the house before all of us went crazy.  We needed more kindness in our home.

There are many ways to encourage kids to share more random acts of kindness in their day.  But I wanted to make it into a game rather than something resembling a punishment.  After all, forced acts of kindness don’t seem likely to catch on.

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Don’t Cry Because They’re Growing Up: Why Tweens are Amazing

Don’t Cry Because They’re Growing Up: Why Tweens are Amazing

Yoplait has a brand new product called Yoplait ® Go Big™, and it’s designed with your teen or tween in mind.  Go Big knows how amazing teens and tweens are, so they’ve challenged me to write a letter to my tween about all of his awesome qualities.

How could I turn that down?  Just like many mothers, I’ve noticed that my tween is definitely getting bigger.  He doesn’t need me the same way he did when he was younger.

But you know what?  It’s ok!  And here’s why.

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School Fundraisers: How to Get the Funds You Need (Plus a Giveaway!)

School Fundraisers: How to Get the Funds You Need (Plus a Giveaway!)

This giveaway is sponsored by Pear.  This post also contains affiliate links which help to support Medium Sized Family.  All opinions are my own.

Are you looking for simple school fundraisers?

School is back in session.  Parents are organizing PTAs, PTOs, and other groups to help support their child’s education.  Part of that support comes in the form of school fundraisers.

If you’re looking for a different kind of school fundraiser, it’s time to look into Pear.  Pear matches groups needing sponsorship with companies excited to give their support.

That support can come in the form of apparel (shirts or uniforms), or cold hard cash.

If that sounds like it would benefit your school group, read on. And don’t miss out on the giveaway at the bottom of this post!  Winner is announced below!

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How to Be a Stay Home Mom

How to Be a Stay Home Mom

Wondering how to be a stay home mom?  Here are my best tips.

I proudly watched as my Hubby crossed the stage wearing his cap and gown.  It was tough work to put him through college while we both worked full-time jobs and raised our son, but it paid off!

A week after the celebration, I gave birth to our second boy.  I dreamed of being able to stay home with him.  But we just weren’t in a position to make it happen yet.  I had to be content with a long summer off with my boys instead.

By the time I was pregnant with our third child, we knew that it was time to get serious about making my stay at home mom dream a reality.  I just wasn’t good at juggling work and home life.  And that paycheck I was earning was barely covering the costs of my work.

I was due in June, so we had an entire school year to make our preparations.  Today, I’m going to share with you how we made this dream come true.

 

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