January has brought an influx of storage container displays in stores, and organizational posts on Pinterest. It must be time to get organized for the new year! Decluttering, organizing, simplifying--these words and what they entail excite me to no end. Even if you're not a nerd like me and don't enjoy the act of decluttering (not just re-arranging your stuff, but actually purging it from your life), surely you can appreciate the results. Unfortunately, we as parents may be on board with dejunking our stuff,...

My favorite "payable" of all time has got to be a job we've titled "dinner helper." (Check out this blog post, or our book if the word "payable" is throwing you for a loop.) I've mentioned before that we consider some life skills to be payables--including (but not limited to) anything that goes down in the kitchen! "Dinner helper" is the eventual catch-all chore for many, if not all of the skills that fall under the "Feed Myself" category on our "I Can" lists. When my kids...

It's up!  The paperback of Time Well Spent: Raising Confident, Independent, Financially Responsible Children (I know, I know--same title as my blog--I'm super creative) is finally ready to go! The e-book version will be released on Thursday, September 1st for those of you who subscribed a while back for 20% off our ebook--I promise I didn't forget you. When our family started this hair-brained book-writing adventure one year ago, I honestly didn't know if this day would ever come. But it has. And in the...

So, I'm late. Summer has already commenced and with it--the summer bucket lists of all the elaborate and simple adventures your family is going to cram into the weeks before school starts again. Lucky for me, however, there's still time (and possibly still room on your summer bucket lists) to post about a resource we made that I think you're going to love us for. At least I hope you will. So what is it? Well, we've created a bunch of lists that are chuck full...

Let's talk about chores, shall we? The whole family chore thing can be a headache. No, a migraine. The kind that leaves you crumpled on the couch with a puke bucket. Organizing a functional family chore groove is a lot of work--for you. And unfortunately kids aren't willing to inflict chores upon themselves, so the energy to keep a system going depends on you too. Feel the weight yet? I know I do. So as the chore weight-bearer in my family, I'm an advocate of doing whatever it takes...

You're back! Yay. Because this part usually peaks people's curiousity. And, can be divisive, so that's exciting, right? Haha. Are you ready to know what else I lump in with 'household chores' and shell out money for? The learning of life skills. Yes, in my house, it pays to be independent. At least at first. Some examples of these skills across the board: trimming your own toenails/fingernails, using matches safely, making a phone call, scheduling your own appointment, tying your shoes, writing a grocery list,...

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