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Planting Flowers In The Snow? ~ It’s Uncle Rick!

Wednesday-Its-Unlce-Rick-flowerssnowHey, little buddies!

Proverbs 15:2 says, “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Did you know that it’s not only what you say, but how you say it, that can make all the difference in how people listen to you?

For instance, what if your little sister came to you and said she had just planted some flowers in the garden. But it’s January and 20 degrees outside! She asks if you think they will grow. What do you say?

You could say, “No, you dumb little kid! They’ll freeze to death in this weather!”

But that wouldn’t be a good answer at all. You would only hurt her feelings and discourage her from trying new things in the future. She will also be much slower to come to you and ask for your advice in the future. She won’t want to be called a dumb little kid again. Nobody likes that.

But you could say, “You know, I don’t think this is the time of year that people usually plant flowers, but let’s watch them each day and see how they do.” She will very quickly learn that January is the wrong time for planting flowers, so there’s a lesson learned. Better, she will learn it without big brother or sister making her feel stupid.

Answer wisely.

Speak wisely to others and you will make knowledge acceptable. People will like talking to you and they will listen to your advice if you speak with wisdom and kindness. You will not only pass on knowledge but you will make it acceptable to them.



Follow Their Dreams, Until… ~ Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-(project)When you see an interest crop up in one of your children, find the resources needed for them to pursue it.

Make it a part of their “curriculum” and let them pursue what sparks their interest. Maybe they’ll be immensely interested in something for a while and then lose interest and go on to something else as some of my kids did. That’s okay. Their interests will be broadened that way.

Never feel like you have to stick to the traditional school subjects.

Life is so much more varied than the average school curriculum.




What to do When Kids Don’t Get Along

arguingGod has created the family to be the training ground for children. Since we are all born with a sin nature, righteous behavior doesn’t come naturally. Therefore, it is our primary job as parents to train our kids to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and mind. That awesome job requires intentional time put into training them to look to Scripture as the practical guidebook for their lives that supplies them with principles to follow and answers to every dilemma they will face. Read More…

Protecting My Daily Teaching Time

Tuesday-Teaching-Tips6-2014I have had to protect my daily teaching time with the kids.

I always put in a load of laundry before school starts and we do a general clutter pick-up in the living room/kitchen area, then I’m free to be there with the kids as they are doing their schoolwork. I’ve tried other ways, but it just didn’t work and maybe it shouldn’t work. Jesus had his disciples to be with them.

School-time works better when you are WITH your kids, alert to their learning needs and engaged to help them concentrate and see what works best for each one.

Do you need more advice on parenting that’s Biblically solid, warmhearted and practical?

Parenting-from-the-HeartMay we suggest Parenting from the Heart, this book is the child-training philosophy of a seasoned mom of 14. It is chock full of practical parenting advice and ideas from a Mom whose children range in age from 30 to 6 years.

Helping In The Kitchen – Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-CookingEach week I chose a different child to plan a meal, help shop for meal and then help to cook the meal. It was a great way to teach them nutrition, wise shopping practices and the actual skills of cooking. It was something they really looked forward to. 



Homemade-with-LoveNeed more ideas for recipes with the kids? May we suggest taking a look at Marilyn’s book, Homemade With Love. Read More…

Getting Creative Outside! – Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer

Thursdays-Preschool-Play-DohWith the colder days behind us (hopefully) are you looking for ideas and activities for the kids to be able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine days?

My preschoolers loved to play with playdough outside (less mess) on pretty spring days. We have lots of molds and plastic knives and they would play for hours making playdough animals and pastries. We had a little kids table and chairs that we’d set out under the maple tree.


How about making your own Playdough? Here are some ideas from Creative Kids at Home.

3 Easy Recipes for Making Homemade Play Dough

Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make play dough wit this activity. The dough can be stored in air tight containers, or left to air dry to save a finished creation.

Recipe 1

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups salt
  • 6 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 3 cups water

Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

Recipe 2

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup water

Have your child mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water. The adult should put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it into a smooth dough. Don’t over cook this dough or it will crumble.

Recipe 3

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water. Note: This dough doesn’t last as long as the cooked recipes.

Ideas Divide into sections, then knead in food coloring (liquid or paste). Kids love making the white play dough change colors. Use unsweetened Kool-Aid for color and scent. Add glitter for sparkly play dough.

Note for Parents:
Every parent must use their own judgment in choosing which activities are safe for their own children. While Creative Kids at Home makes every effort to provide activity ideas that are safe and fun for children it is your responsibility to choose the activities that are safe in your own home.