52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: A Penny for Your Thoughts, a Nickle for a Hug, and a Dime if You Tell Me That You Love Me

52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids:: A Penny for Your Thoughts, a Nickle for a Hug, and a Dime if You Tell Me That You Love Me

“A penny for your thoughts; a nickel for a hug; and a dime if you tell me that you love me.”

We have talked at length on this blog about communicating with our kids. And how communication is a strong form of “teaching when…”

The ditty above is a little chant that we used to say to our kids to remind them that we want to talk to them, that they are valuable to us, that we love them “ten million times infinity and beyond.” From this saying, a valuable “object lesson” developed and tied my son’s and my heartstrings in a special way nearly twenty years ago.

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[Podcast] 30 Tips from 30 Years of Homeschooling

Podcast: 30 Tips from 30 Years of Homeschooling

Ray and Donna Reish, of Character Ink Press and Raising Kids With Character Parenting Seminar, bring you their Top 30 Tips From 30 Years of Homeschooling. They delve into areas of prioritizing, character training, heart training, housework, little kids, school, and time management. Speaking from their hearts, they love to help parents in general, and homeschoolers specifically, be successful in their parenting.

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52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: Terrific Tuesday or Wonderful Wednesday

52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: Terrific Tuesday or Wonderful Wednesday

With the addition of another child every other year or so, we knew it was important to spend time with the older children. (We were taught by our early mentors to put as much time and energy into our first two kids as we possibly could, knowing that the “trickle down effect” of teaching would come into play.)

 

Note: This is another reason we have felt so strongly about not letting an eight month old, eighteen month old, or twenty-eight month old determine the entire family’s schedule [i.e. have a “toddler run home”]—it never felt right to let a toddler’s “wants” override a teen’s needs. Anyway, because of the advice we received to invest significantly in our older kids for the “trickle down effect” (which majorly works, I might add), we always looked for ways to spend more time with Joshua (now 29) and Kayla (now 26). One of the ways I did this was to implement “Terrific Tuesday” or “Wonderful Wednesday.”

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52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: Kitchen Talks

52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: Kitchen Talks

Not long ago my twenty-one year old son was helping me clean and cut fruits and veggies. This is a rare sight nowadays. The boys are either in college all the time or working very full time jobs (well, actually, they both do both at the same time!). I miss those times of cooking and cleaning in the kitchen with my kids.

However, I didn’t expect the boys to miss it! Josiah, the twenty-one year old pediatric nurse I just referred to, said, “You know what I miss? I miss those times that we used to gather around the table with tons of potatoes, carrots, apples, and other fruits and vegetables and peel, cut, clean, and prep them while you read aloud to us for hours!”

So do I, baby, so do I!

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52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: The Non-Squeaky Wheel Child

52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: The Non-Squeaky Wheel Child

Our children are all different—even among each other. They have different strengths, talents, and skills—and they have different weaknesses.

And they have certain times and ages in which they are not very high need. And, of course, certain times and ages in which they are extremely high need.

Those are all expected. We wouldn’t want them to be all the same. And we wouldn’t want them to all be high need at the same time either!

What about that child who is not really high need very often? What about that one who cooperates most of the time (which means there aren’t a lot of one-on-one “training sessions”)?

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[Podcast Rerun] Room Time With Toddlers & Preschoolers

Podcast: How to Utilize Room Time With Toddlers & Preschoolers

Welcome to another episode of Wondering Wednesday! We have been recording our Kelowna, BC convention sessions for you for upcoming Wondering Wednesday sessions, but we are swamped with preparations, so we will have those for you in coming weeks!

In the meantime, spring is the perfect time to start collecting activities, toys, and books for room time with your littles, so this week’s WW is a re-run of the podcast about Room Time.
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Summer School Classes and Private Tutoring Sessions!

Summer School Classes and Private Tutoring Sessions

Character Ink Cottage Classes is offering summer school classes and private tutoring!

What: Small Group Classes and Private Instruction for reading, writing, and grammar

When: Thursdays; two five-week sessions; commit to one or both (at least four out of five weeks)
First Sessions June 2, June 9, June 23, June 30, and July 7
Second Session: July 14, July 21, July 2, August 4, August 11

Where: Reish home near Homestead High School (Aboite area)

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“Everybody’s Asleep” Talk Time

52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: Everybody's Asleep Talk Time

If you have more than three children, you have probably heard it over and over (and thought of it a lot too): I need to make each child feel special.

We would agree with this concept. What we disagree with is how difficult we sometimes make it.

Sure, there are times for Daughter-Daddy Dances. (Kara was the proudest girl there because her daddy knew how to dance and had taken her to the ballroom for private lessons before the big day!)

There are times for “dinner and a movie” with Mom. There are times for day trips shopping or caving or hunting or crafting or, or, or.

But why wait for those “big days”? Why create this “it has to be big to make my child feel special” idea in your mind.

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[Video] Handling Heart Behaviors

Video: How to Use Handling Heart Behaviors Poster Pack

 

Dear Wondering Wednesday Friends,

I think I have finally figured out how to get my videos all uploaded (as long as each one is under fifteen minutes long). So…welcome to another Wondering Wednesday video!

I have audios as well as blog posts (as well as entire sessions of Raising Kids With Character seminar and homeschooling workshops) on The Four D’s of Behavior and Handling Heart Behaviors, but I think a video suits this topic well with the poster packs and worksheets we offer (by the same name).

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