Three Years In

Today I’m celebrating my third blogiversary with my four fine sons ❤ Each one is a man of impressive integrity, pursuing his life’s passion. Is there any greater joy for a parent? Thank you for rejoicing with me! This past year has spanned one college graduation, one son entering grad school, another son moving across the continent, and the youngest […] Read more ...

Your Child’s Musical Life: The Why and How of Music Lessons

Your Child's Musical Life, by Parenting in the Sweet Spot

This is Part 3 of my series called “Your Child’s Musical Life”, sharing about the when / why / what / etc. of educating your child about music. Go here for Part 1 about Getting an Early Start, and Part 2 about Tween Years and Onward. Why is music such a great activity for my child? These are just some […] Read more ...

Your Child’s Musical Life: Tween Years and Onward

Middle school orchestra programs provide an entry point for many young musicians

This is the second article in my series “Your Child’s Musical Life” that began with the topic of “Getting an Early Start” (pregnancy through age 9). – Ruth What are the best opportunities for my older child to pursue music?   In Upper Elementary & Middle School: By around age 9 or 10, kids have a pretty good idea of […] Read more ...

Your Child’s Musical Life: Getting an Early Start

Discovering music at an early age

When our firstborn was still a little guy, he earned the nickname “Jazz Baby” because he, like most kids, responded to music with bouncing to the beat, grinning ear to ear, and singing along. When he and our other sons were buckled into high chairs or car seats, they would kick their feet to the beat – so cute! All […] Read more ...

50 Creative Things to Do on a Rainy Day

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Yesterday the weather where I live was cold and wet, in what I hope was the last gasp of winter. The drab view through my rain-streaked windows got me thinking about what we would have done on a day like that when my four wiggly little boys needed a day of play indoors. Rainy days are perfect opportunities to pack […] Read more ...

Get Messy and Love It!

Messy time in the kitchen

  Some moms, I have heard, are neat freaks. Their homes and their children, it is rumored, are kept sparkling clean, orderly, on time, with bows tied and shoes on the correct feet. I admit I have never quite been that kind of mom. Maybe that’s because I like to get messy. When you get messy on purpose, you’re exploring. […] Read more ...

See How We Grow: From Conception to Birth

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  For most of human history, the child in the womb led a mysterious life, growing unseen and untouched until birth. Amazing advances in technology have now made it possible to see how that tiny unborn person grows, from the moment of conception through birth nine months later. It’s in every baby book these days: the series of photos taken […] Read more ...

“I Can Teach My Child To Read”

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  If you have a preschooler, kindergartener, or first grader in your home, here is a great way to spend 99 cents. Jenae Jacobson is the mother of two boys. She also has degrees in education, and taught first grade for three years before deciding to stay home to teach her own children. She blogs about her experiences at ICanTeachMyChild.com, […] Read more ...

Unlock Your Child’s “Love Language Mystery”

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  Here’s a great Valentine’s Day activity to do with your preschool or elementary age children: Discover their “love language” with a nifty online quiz! The author of “The 5 Love Languages of Children”, Gary Chapman, believes that people speak and hear the language of love in five ways: Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Physical Touch, and […] Read more ...