Reading Aloud Connects You to Your Kids

Watch this video as I explain why I’m passionate about reading aloud, where I wasn’t before.  As my family grows to have less time in the day, I’ve found reading aloud is the one MUST for us.  I know it sounds impossible, but hit “play” to see why it may just become a staple for you too. It’s way more than checking the block.

Reading aloud is much more than checking the block.


Kids Working?

This weekend I made a commission board.  Hobby Lobby helped significantly, of course, but it felt wonderful to give my children the freedom to choose work.

Many of our chores are just chores we do, but the tasks I chose for them are more optional.  Cleaning a car, for example.

Hobby Lobby Commission Board

Thanks to Hobby Lobby, my kids have a commission board!

I feel like this helps us in two ways.  First, it means the money is always THERE: they don’t have to wait for momma to have time to fumble through her purse.  I’ll replenish the BOARD as I have time, not pay them as I have time.  And second, they are instilled with the idea that working gets you paid.  It doesn’t get you the promise of being paid, it gets you paid.

The effect it had was almost immediate.  They picked up a task and did it!  They couldn’t believe they got paid right away.  Their immediate satisfaction was worth the 2 hour long trip to figure out what to use at Hobby Lobby.  Ha!  Anyone else get lost in that store?

Happy educating!

P.S. Materials used:
Hobby Lobby chalkboard labels (cut to size) on
Hobby Lobby ready-made wall panel (clips and lower hooks already attached!).
Hobby Lobby craft buckets ($1.29 each) to hold the change.