We parents would do anything for our kids, am I right? We want to give our children the best chance at being fulfilled, happy, faithful and kind.
But sometimes, what they need costs a lot of money.
If you have a child with special needs, you are likely seeking out and providing him with as many resources as you can get your hands on. Whether its various therapies, special equipment, respite, doctors appointments, unique diets, or all of the above, it can get expensive quickly.
Providing a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder with the therapies and support system he needs in addition to equipping your home with tools to help him feel comfortable in his own space can be financially challenging. Here are some tips for helping support your SPD child without breaking the bank.Read More»
This fall, my precious little girl will be starting kindergarten — a thought that inevitably leaves me with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Even though I will miss my constant companion with her spontaneous hugs and endless chatter of fairies, I know that she is ready and excited for the adventure that awaits her.
We made the decision to do preschool at home for our oldest. I don’t think deciding whether or not to send your child to preschool is a “one size fits all” decision (I don’t say this flippantly — though we decided to do home preschool for Yaya, our youngest will likely need to attend preschool to receive services and preparation we can’t provide for him at home). We felt that it was the best decision for our daughter, and ultimately, our family. I feel so blessed that we were able to have these years to grow together as a family and teaching her at home was so special and rewarding for me.
Are you doing preschool at home for your child? Here’s the good news — creating an enriching and stimulating learning environment at home is super easy and SO fun. While there are tons of preschool curricula out there, we took a more organic approach and I followed Yaya’s lead, focusing on activities and projects that nurtured her interests. (My friends tell me this is called “unschooling”. I call it “I have a toddler at home so let’s be realistic.”)Read More»
It’s time for another Family Fun Friday! Today I’m sharing with you some awesome learning activities that focus on letters and language — you’re going love these games and ideas from fellow bloggers.Read More»
Last month, I started writing about a summer series I’m doing called Serving with Kids in the Garden. In an effort to teach my 5-year-old about eating sustainably while we also learn about the ways our work in the garden can bless others, we’re focusing on creating yummy treats with our produce to share with friends and neighbors.
Kale is an easy thing to grow in Montana, and with successive planting, we’re usually able to harvest three or four crops during the summer. There’s only so much kale and bean soup we can eat during harvest time, and even after chopping and freezing some to add to smoothies, we have PLENTY of leftovers. Last year, I discovered that making pesto sauce with kale is amazing and fresh tasting, and the jars freeze well and last us until spring. We love using our pesto to marinate chicken or, for an easy dinner, stirring it with whole wheat penne and sprinkling with goat cheese. Teaching Yaya to make pesto and having her deliver it to the neighbors was a simple and fun way to use up our kale surplus!Read More»
During one of our first weeks in Montana, after moving here from Wisconsin four years ago, I was on a solo hike up a very, very steep mountainside. I was purple in the face, dripping sweat, and fairly certain that I was going to die. As I stopped to pant halfway up the trail, a spidery young boy — perhaps 7 or 8 years old — climbed quickly past me. He hadn’t even broken a sweat and was hardly out of breath, and I found myself watching him with mixed feelings of awe and jealousy.
Our daughter was 15 months old then and spent most of the summer in a Kelty while we got our “sea legs”. This past weekend, she hiked 6.6 miles through steep, rocky hills and snowy meadows to a beautiful mountain top lake.Read More»