“Give Me [Tree Bark], Or Give Me Death”: Liberty Yesterday And Today
No speech has ever stirred the American people so much as Patrick Henry's “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech. No matter if I see a professional orator perform it with eloquence, or a young child reciting that speech, it touches my heart with goodness and purpose.
"Nicholeen, can my child have too much friend time? I have noticed that he begs for it all the time, but doesn't really want to play with his brothers and sisters that much. What should I do?"
As many of you know, in my Audio seminar and book, Parenting A House United, I talk about how children usually tell you exactly what they don't need by asking for it all the time.
Just like if my child keeps begging me for junk food, I know he needs health
By: Nicholeen Peck & Heidi Schultz (of www.franticallysimple.com )
Dont' let this title fool you. Heidi found out principles which work for all size families! She just happens to only have one child.
“Mrs. Peck, I am afraid I can't believe in God.”
“What do you mean? How do you know?”
“I just don't do things I should do and I do some things girls my age shouldn't do...”
“What are you doing that you shouldn't do?” I asked
“I just...spend my free time with two guys I don't know...we just use facebook.
Is it easier to tell children yes or no when they ask a question?
The answer to this question could depend on what kind of person you are.
Are the kind of parent who really likes to be in control of the goings on in the family and don't like to be bothered with plans changing, outfits changing, or extra work for a new idea? If you are this kind of person you probably find it is easier to tell the children no when they ask to go play at a friends, finger paint, make cookies, or go swimming.
“How do you maintain optimism in a depressing world? How do you teach your children to do the same?”
A Not-So-Pretend Story
[Another day of oatmeal for breakfast. I know it's healthy, but some variety in our diet would be nice. When will the bills stop coming in? Medical bills, living expenses, debts we can't pay. Don't think about the money.
“Mom, can we go to the children's museum? Mom, will you buy me a treat?”
10 Favorites for Family Night
Family activity nights are big deals at our house! Not that we spend a lot of money or anything, but we do keep them a big priority. We know that having regular family activities keeps our family relationships fresh. The night gives us something to talk about and look forward to.
Here are is a list of our top ten activities which don't really cost anything:
1- “Knock Your Socks Off”
...yes but how do you get them to work? My oldest (5yrs) always has to get get a drink or suddenly is tired or has a tummy ache when ever she hears the word “work” or “clean up.” It’s too “boring” she says.
I am not about to make work “fun” for her because it isn’t always fun thought the rewards of work are.
But how do you teach that to a 5 year old?