Category: Parenting

How To Raise Kids Who Cook And Who Won’t Destroy Your Kitchen In The Process

One of the joys of having bigger kids is the many way they can (theoretically) help around the house. Our house still gets messy, but now, I’m not the only one picking up the books and Legos. Same in the kitchen. There are lots of hungry mouths in this house (Byron counts as about three Read More

The Struggle to Raise Generous, Financially Savvy Kids

The ushers came around and Tony handed Fulton our envelope. Teddy insisted it was his turn to put money in the  offering basket, so Tony handed him a dollar to stop the complaints. Both happily put the money in the basket as it passed. But this Sunday for some reason, something clicked. As our older three Read More

Dr. Kelly’s Office Hours

This week, Dr. Kelly is back answering the urgent questions of readers who wanted help weeks ago. Hopefully their problems resolved themselves, but if not, let’s see what this bottle of Pinot Noir / life experience can help me come up with.   1. Why do children always ask “Why?” no less then 1,983 times Read More

What To Do When You’re Outnumbered By Tiny Humans

While it seems like a lifetime ago, it wasn’t that far back that I had a three kids, three and under. Then four kids five and under. And six years ago, when Teddy was born, Addie had just turned 8. Things are so different now with no babies in the house it’s almost hard to Read More

How Can We Keep Our Faith When Bad Things Happen To Our Children?

My final post regarding special needs parenting is inspired from a status another SMA parent posted on Facebook a few months ago. This father was very open about his struggles to maintain his faith. He was mentally keeping track of two columns, and the column for tossing aside what little Christian faith he had left, contained the Read More

The Sadness We Bring To A Diagnosis Should Not Become Our Child’s

I remember the first time Fulton asked me if he would be able to walk when he was an adult. I was getting him ready for bed, when BAM I was hit between the eyes with his innocent question. I remember answering him in a matter of fact way,  “No, you’ll always need a wheelchair.”, Read More

What To Do When Your Child Won’t Stop Staring At A Person In A Wheelchair

It happened every time I took my family out in public; stares, open mouths, finger pointing, awkward conversations and personal questions. And then my fourth, and soon fifth, children added their wheelchairs to the large family traveling circus and things got even worse. I’m hardly an expert in how to properly act around handicap people, Read More

What Our TV Free House Looks Like Right Now

This month we mark eight years in our current house, and never in that time have we owned a TV. It wasn’t a sudden decision, we’d been weaning ourselves and the kids back in our previous living quarters and moving seemed like the perfect time to make a fresh start. I know there’s all sorts Read More

All Your BURNING Parenting Questions Answered

Actually, if something is burning, go get an antibiotic, or a fire extinguisher. Thanks to everyone who read, shared and commented on this week’s posts. Since I’m now a self-proclaimed parenting expert (Dr. Kelly at your service!), I took to Facebook to see what other problems I could solve for my friends and readers. 1. Read More

Part 2: Consistency and Consequences

Find Part One, which explains our Domestic Rule HERE.  Once the rules were in place, I consistently enforced them (and still do, though with much less effort now). If I catch a child breaking a rule, I remind them of the rule or make them repeat it to me and then boom, punishment. I don’t Read More

Part 1: Rules and the Role of Obedience

Every so often I find myself involved in a parenting discussion where my humble opinion is actually requested. When these rare occasions arise, and unfortunately more often when they do not, I typically don’t mind sharing our family’s system for rules and consequences and how we generally deter our children from acting like savages. Now Read More

Seven Things To Do When A Friend Follows a New Path

This post was originally going to be titled “Seven Things To Do When a Friend Decides to Stop Homeschooling” and was based on my recent experience watching several long time homeschooling friends decide to enroll some or all of their children in school. But that seemed a bit narrow and also, in discussing the topic Read More

Focus On Your Head and Heart This Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Lent is upon us, and we’re reminded of our need to fast, pray and give alms. Meanwhile, the secular world is all a flutter over Valentine’s Day, which arrives this Sunday. While the commercials are pushing diamonds, chocolate and flowers, why not invest in a gift that will benefit your marriage, and family, more than Read More

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