Rebecca Matheson is our dear friend and a mom of three. Although she insists that, “The only thing we’re consistent at is being inconsistent,” she and her husband, Troy, have created a loving family with kids who know how to work–with maybe a little gentle encouragement along the way. Today Rebecca shares the secret to their success with chores. Welcome, Rebecca!
This weekend was the fifth annual Kids Race Against Cancer. My oldest daughter, Haley, founded the race five years ago, at the ripe old age of eight, to fulfill a service requirement for a church youth program. I had just run my first 5K, and she knew that the funds raised for that race went to charity. So, when her booklet suggested to “plan and complete your own activity to serve others,” she immediately announced, “I’m gonna plan a race for kids to raise money for cancer research!”
Tonight begins the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. I’m not Jewish (although Brian and I both have Jewish ancestry), but it’s very important to me to understand other religions and their holidays and traditions, at least a little bit. Hopefully, that understanding translates to emotional and spiritual connections that help me teach my children to be a little more understanding and empathetic from day to day.
“Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and it is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Jews fast from food and water for 25 hours, beginning a few minutes before sunset the night before (that’s tonight) and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur (tomorrow). As it is considered a complete Sabbath, they attend synagogue and refrain from work. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish traditions will observe Yom Kippur through fasting and intensive prayer, spending most of Yom Kippur at the synagogue.
Years ago, my friend Elizabeth gave me this recipe (based on a similar but less tasty Martha Stewart version). It quickly became a family favorite! I stock up on canned pumpkin and chocolate chips every fall, so we’re always able to enjoy these treats. Bonus: they’re incredibly easy to make, so kids can help!
To celebrate the first day of autumn, we just had to do this fall leaf project. I love this project, because it’s cheap, easy to do, and would be equally fun for an adult craft night or for a kid’s art project. All you need is a few sheets of newspaper and some craft paint, in whatever colors you’d like to use to reflect your seasonal décor—I’ve done this project with my boys for both the spring and fall.
For this fall project, I went crazy with lots of colors. We simply spread out a single layer of newspapers on the table and let them go crazy with different brush strokes, gradually filling up the entire space with paint. The bigger the brush, the faster you fill. Make sure you let one color dry completely before starting another if you don’t want them to be blended–or if you’re like me, mix and blend and see what happens. Read More »
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As a mother of four, I am often asked for children’s book recommendations. Our family just saw the Kennedy Center’s touring production of Elephant and Piggie’s “ We are in a Play!,” so I’ve got picture books on my mind. I’ll cover chapter books in another post. I couldn’t possibly name all the books we love, but here are a few of our favorites! The photo above shows some other faves as well.
3-6 years: Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. These books are my go-to for early readers. They’re hilarious with just a handful of words, which really builds the kids’ confidence as they sound out everything.