Building Relationships

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Mother's Retreat

This past weekend was our annual mother’s retreat. This year we had 9 ladies up for the weekend, and we stayed in a small cabin in Karney Lakes, Idaho. The view from the cabin was fabulous, but the weather was a bit chilly and we did have some rain. However, we were good company for

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When I was a young girl, Anne Shirley and Diana Barry created quite a conundrum for me. I longed for the kind of friendship I saw play out in the pages of L. M. Montgomery’s classic stories. The loyalty and long friendship that Diana and Anne displayed was something my girlish heart yearned for. Full

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Once upon a time, early in my marriage, my husband told me that he didn’t think I was very creative. I was appalled that my husband would say such a thing about me. Since that time I have gleefully pointed out when I’ve been creative to my husband. He’s a really good sport about it

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Our Real Life Fiction Adventure

This summer was filled with several short road trips. We packed in as much fun and learning as possible. It was a whirlwind and a blast. One of our favorite trips was a real life fiction adventure! This was also one of our last trips of the summer, so it was the perfect time to

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Family dinners are important, right? They are a time to gather together as a family and check in with each other. The thing is, sometimes the last thing I want to do is sit down and break bread with my children. When the day has been overwhelming I just want a little peace and alone

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Every morning our family recites our family mission statement. We created our mission statement about five years ago. My husband and I spent some time talking about how we wanted our family to progress and develop in the next 20 years and we came up with a vision of what we hoped that looked like

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When you are having problems with a person, always strengthen the relationship first. Are you struggling with someone you mentor? Are you disagreeing with a boss or peer? Do you find yourself in a no-win situation with a specific person? Before anything else, strengthen the relationship first. Our natural inclination when we are struggling with

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When you start family work, you may discover that your children actually prefer the old way. When we began I discovered that some of my children didn’t actually know how to work and they liked it that way. Listening to my nagging was somehow preferable to working. They had become adept at ignoring the nagging.

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Family Work: Nuts and Bolts

Family work will be unique to each family and evolve as the children grow older and become more capable. Our family has been using this approach for approximately three to four years, so we have already seen changes take place because the children are older than when we started. This post is an attempt to

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Family Work: No More Chore Systems

Family Work We have very few assigned chores in our house these days, and the house is getting cleaner. I spent years creating charts and systems for chores. I tried laminated cards and a flipbook and sticker charts. I offered incentives and consequences. It was exhausting, and no plan ever lasted longer than six month