I have been blessed to be a step-mother/mother to the GREATEST 9 kids on earth for almost 9 years (and also a darling son-in-law). We literally are a “his-hers-and-ours” family. Our family’s journey has been very difficult in some ways, but my husband and I have been determined to build a strong and happy family in spite of our situation. From the beginning it was very clear that I had to give it my best efforts if I was going to be able to help everyone heal. We have not been perfect at this. Much of creating a blended family is trial and error, but I am a firm believer that we can create our own happiness in just about any situation. The things I’m sharing are things I have learned along the way. I’ve talked to a lot of our kids as well and asked them what has helped. They had a lot to say, and it was fun to hear their perspective. When you read the following tips, remember that much of this is THEIR perspective.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I wanted to share a fun, quick St. Patrick’s Day service project that you can easily do TODAY! I’m always looking for fun ideas that help strengthen our family. This activity is simple, fun and will help promote kindness in your home.
Write each child’s name on a shamrock. Hand them out, making sure no one gets their own name. Give them these simple instructions:
1. Look at the name of the person on your shamrock.
2. Watch them throughout the day and look for something they do that is good.
3. When you see them do something good, write it down on the shamrock.
4. Take the shamrock to mom and get a bag of gold (chocolate coins or any other gold wrapped candy).
5. Deliver the gold and the shamrock to your assigned person.
I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited that the holidays are here! There’s one thing that I always think of when I think of the holidays, and that is FAMILY! So, I thought I’d share a simple Family Night idea on being GRATEFUL our families! Because after all, our families are what’s most important! Right?!
We’ve recently moved and I’ve noticed how the stress and chaos of it all has started to affect our family. We’ve had more contention, less patience and you know the rest of the story. We all have those periods of time in our families.
One night recently, we sat down as a family and I asked the simple question, “What makes a strong family?”. One by one we talked about that question and made some decisions of things we could do to strengthen our family. That sparked an idea for a Family Night, so that’s what I’m going to share with you this month.
Hello! It’s Veronica and I’m so happy to be back! For many, including us, school just started again. (WHERE DOES THE SUMMER GO?!) But, many of you still have a few more weeks of summer left. I thought I would share one of our favorite back to school traditions with you. This back to school Family […]
I have always loved writing in my journal and love going back and reading the things that I wrote as a little girl. I thought it would be fun to put together a summer journaling project that my kids could work on. I’m also a believer in creating our own personal histories. My kids are awesome, funny and creative, and I want them to be able to look back and see what they were like as kids. You don’t need to buy anything. You don’t need to keep track of a journal. You just have to print a page out when you’re ready for them to work on it and file it away when they’re done. Tah-dahhhh!! Easy!
Although I’m now the mother of 9, what many people don’t know is that I struggled with infertility for many years. I physically had my first child when I was 38 years old. Needless to say, I experienced many hard and painful Mother’s Days.
I’ve been thinking about Mother’s Day lately. I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with ideas to do for my mom. If you look on Pinterest, there are so many fun ideas that you can do with your little kids for Mother’s Day. But, to be honest, those aren’t the ideas I’m needing help with. I need help with ideas for MY OWN mom. If you were to ask her what she would like, she will never tell you anything. But, this year I’ve come up with a fun Mother’s Day gift idea and I’m so excited to share it with you!
One of the hardest parts of General Conference for teens is paying attention. Somehow, when a teenager sits in a comfy position, listening to beautiful music and comforting voices, they tend to sleep. Go figure. 🙂 This packet is not your typical General Conference packet. It’s intended to keep them focused, with some fun rewards at the end.
Many parents don’t enjoy their older kids as much as they could. Why? Because older kids can be SO HARD! But I also think it’s because they just can’t figure out how to connect with them. When you find those things that you can do, I promise you will thoroughly enjoy those older kids of yours! Well…maybe not all the time. 🙂
I thought I’d share some simple tips with you. Please be mindful that some may apply to your kids, and others might not. Each child is different, and each parent is different. But, don’t give up. They want to be connected with you. They want to feel loved by you and WANT you to understand them.
Happy 2016 my friends!! Just like many of you, I was so ready for a new year to begin! There’s something exciting about the chance to start fresh. As 2015 came to a close, I spent time thinking back over the year and really wanted to set some new goals. Then one day shortly after […]
Happy October my friends! It’s Veronica and I’m back with a fun and super easy Halloween Family Night! What is Family Night you ask? 🙂 We choose one day a week to spend time with our family. There is typically a lesson, activitiy or game and ALWAYS a treat. It’s the best way I know to reconnect as a family and to teach my kids valuable lessons in a fun and creative way. If you’ve never tried it, you should give it a go! You’ll love it!