Parenting Resolve

Be Your Child’s ‘Best Bet’ – Part 1

My teacher, Dr. Gordon Neufeld, speaks alot about the imperative for parents to be their children’s “best bet.” In a series of posts over the next few days, I’d like to explore this concept. What Does it Mean to be our Children’s “Best Bet?” Being our children’s best bet means that in times of trouble,…

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The Humble Meal Plan

I get it — making a meal plan doesn’t sound exciting. I doesn’t hold the same aesthetic promise as other “Get Organized” ideas, such as Kondo-ing your socks or putting all your pantry items into weck jars (I mean, really, how pretty is that?). BUT, BUT! this humble, almost retro task (doesn’t it just evoke…

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Destination Deep Play

In my classes, we spend quite a bit of time discussing scheduling. In Chapter 5 of Simplicity Parenting, Kim Payne uses a metaphor I find incredibly useful to help us understand the different activities that fill our children’s days. The metaphor is based on the idea of crop rotation: in order to keep soil healthy,…

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Summer Rhythm

In my Simplicity Parenting classes, we talk a lot about rhythm; what it is, what it feels like to experience (I create consistent and dependable rhythms that repeat each class) and how to bring more of it into family life. If you are not familiar with the concept of rhythm, which is different from scheduling…

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The World is Good

“The world is good” is a popular phrase in my house. My husband and I often say this to our children amidst the goodnights and I love you’s before bed; I say it to myself when figuring out how I want to phrase things for my boys, and my husband and I use it as…

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