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I know, I promised the winner to my Opinion Saturday question on Wednesday, but somehow the day roared by like a freight train, and here I am half way thru Thursday. Anyway, ALL the comments were great, and very helpful. Thanks so much! I’m giving the Golden Keyboard this week to LeeAnn of Frazzmom. I liked that her comment included both helpful tips, and the reminder that it is OK to say no when you are overwhelmed. We all need permission to do that sometimes!

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I’ve got another book question for you, people! Though I am a homeschooling mom, my book is directed at all moms who are interested in having a larger than average family. I’d like my education chapter to contain hints relevant to both homeschoolers and public schooling families.

Here’s what I need. If you have several kids in school (even if your family isn’t especially huge) I’d like to hear how you manage to stay involved in your children’s education. How do you juggle your baby’s nap time with volunteering in class? Can you work out ways to go on field trips with several different grades each year? How do you keep up with multiple kids’ assignments? Make sure science projects are done? Sell candy bars for three grades worth of kids at once?

I’m interested in ANY hints that make it easier to juggle multiple children in a traditional school setting. I’ll give my Golden Keyboard Award on Wednesday to the answer that is most detailed and helpful. I may also be contacting a few other people to ask for permission to use your words in my book.

Thanks to everyone who helps me out with this– I really appreciate it!

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I’m still sorting through the many interesting comments I got in response to my large family post. Thanks to everyone who shared your experience– I may be contacting some of you for permission to use your stories in my writing project. But Veronica Mitchell’s comment stuck in my mind the longest, and so she wins my Golden Keyboard this week.

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Last Saturday’s request for recipes produced several yummy-sounding ones. I’m giving the Golden Keyboard this week to Beth for her recipe for Crockpot Chicken Tacos. Thanks, Beth!

This week I’d love to hear about portable electronic devices in your family. Do your kids have Gameboys or other hand-held games? Why or why not? If yes, do you limit the time spent on them? What about CD players/ personal mp3 players with headphones? How old do kids have to be before they have their own tunes? Do you let kids use them whenever they want, or do you limit them to certain times of day? DO you monitor what they listen to?

You have all week to share your family philosophy on personal electronic equipment. Explain your rules and why they work for your family. The person with the most well-expressed opinion wins the Golden Keyboard next Saturday! So come on, hit me with your best thought.

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Opinion Saturday

Your party ideas were great! Thanks so much! The winner of the VIP Award this week goes to Noodle of Thoughts from My Noodle. I loved her idea of asking guests to come prepared to participate in a talent show. You can read more about it here. Thanks, Noodle!

I have a food question for you today: if you were being sent to a desert island for a months’ vacation, and had to choose just a few meals to bring with you, which one meal would absolutely for sure be on your list of gotta-have dishes? If you’d share the recipe (perhaps on your own blog?) that would be even more fun! You have all week to share your favorite dish, and the most interesting dish will win my Very Interesting Person (Food?) Award next Saturday.

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OK, people– with ten kids it is birthday party central around here. We have kids’ parties every month of the year except for August and October. I’d love to hear some great ideas for affordable birthday parties. Pony rides and jump houses are great. But I’d rather hear about successful and creative parties that don’t cost a mint. You have all week to share your best birthday bash ideas with me. And yes, that $100 budget includes the parent’s gift to the birthday kid. The most creative idea gets the Very Interesting Person (Party?) Award. I’ll announce the winner next week!

And speaking of winners, I only got a few comments on my homework question. That particular dilemma stumps a lot of us, it seems. But the idea that I liked best of the ones submitted came from Melissa. I loved her point about recognizing each child’s personality type and working with it. Melissa, you get the Golden Keyboard this week.

Now, how about those party ideas??

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Opinion Saturday

Last week’s Opinion Saturday question sparked a bunch of great comments. I think I tend to be so busy with my own kids that adding someone else’s kid into the mix feels like it will take more energy than I have. But I appreciated the gentle reminders that we as a family can be a light in the world and an encouragement to children in need. The comment that I liked most, because of the concrete suggestions it offered, was from love, laughter & laundry. Thanks– you’re the Golden Keyboard winner this week.

Now, on to a new question: how do you encourage the reluctant learner to get through his homework (or homeschooling) in a timely manner?

I’ll be looking forward to your answers. I think I’ll just leave this question open all week, and announce the Golden Keyboard winner next Saturday. So come on, hit me with your best thought!

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OK, this week I want your opinion on a dilemma that I know many parents face. Your kid has a friend who does not know the meaning of the word moderatation. He comes over every day. He calls every day. Maybe he is your kid’s best friend. Maybe he’s your best friend’s kid. Maybe he’s just a bored neighbor kid who is taking advantage of proximity. But he’s cutting into your family time. He’s taking over your life. You’re starting to feel like you talk to this kid more than you talk to your own child.

What do you do? Should you tell him to back off? And if so, is there an effective way to do it without hurting feelings or totally ending the relationship?

You have until Tuesday evening to respond. The best idea gets the Golden Keyboard Award. So come on– hit me with your best thought!

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I am working through a list of your great suggestions for Opinion Saturday questions and am featuring one question a week for the next few weeks.

This week’s question is from a dad. Jesse asks:

My question comes from a paternal view. My pirate is such a “mommy’s boy” (only wants her when she is around). How do you help nurture his independence, his relationship with you, and relieve the pressure off your wife?

You have until next Saturday to share your best tips for ways to encourage a young child’s relationship with dad. Come on, hit me with your best thought!

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I am working through a list of your great suggestions for Opinion Saturday questions and am featuring one question a week for the next few weeks.

This week’s question is from Beautifulheritage. She asks:

What is the best way to ensure that your children grow up as friends and not just siblings?

You have until next Saturday to share your best tips for nurturing sibling relationships. Come on, hit me with your best thought!

(And in case you’re wondering, the above picture was taken of our girls by a traveling family last week! I can’t wait to see them in person!)

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