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Parenting and Education

We talk about all subjects that fall under parenting and education for our children. As we navigate from toddler to tween and all thats in between we divulge in what we feel, how we approach certain subjects and making sure our children are intelligent, contributing members to society!

Teaching Smart Financial Decision Making | Establishing The Family Bank

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The kids have all sorts of money making entrepreneurial ideas and are always seeing something that they’d like to purchase. It’s time to teach them smart financial decision making skill sets that will not only set their minds up for success, but their ability to have as many adventures as they are financially capable of with good banking techniques. I’m sure if we all blindfolded ourselves in a room, asked basic questions regarding bad financial decision-making, hands would go up. Why? Were they only lessons that could be experienced or could they have been diverted with the guidance of any role model in our younger years? Since we try to teach our children not to make our same mistakes in all aspects of life, why is it financial mistakes never seem to get untrained for the next generation? Or for that matter, GOOD financial decisions to raise our children with?…

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We Finally Have Pubescent Preteen

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Ladies, I bet you can remember getting your period for the first time or when your little boobies started to grow and everything they accidentally hit HURT so bad! What about growing hair in all the places or shaving for the first time? I remember shaving for the first time like it was yesterday.  I was maybe 8 or 9.  I went to the bathroom after dinner and my dad left his razor out. I don’t know why but I had this urge to try it… the only problem I was pretty much hairless. I still don’t have much body hair these days actually… But when you are the wild child you just look at your eyebrow and think I could shave off a little and be fine. I ended up shaving off about ½ of an already lightly existing brow. My dad laughed so hard at me that he…

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Basic Skills for Kids in the Kitchen

In Half Baked Barely Measure, Parenting and Education, Uncategorized

I LOVE to cook, and I love good food. I try very hard to not sacrifice the quality of our meals for the quantity or price since we are a large family with growing kids. I want our kids to have a wide palate, understand meal planning, nutrition and be capable of independently preparing a meal. While Johnny and I have always encouraged “food” independence (like getting their own cereal, choosing their snacks for lunch, or baking sugar cookies etc) before bus life, I didn’t really “try” to take the time to teach them how to cook. It was just easier for me to make the one and done meal. As our tiny dwelling journey continues, our tiny home kitchen has really served us amazingly. It’s like a play kitchen, all of the appliances are smaller and my desk is on the other side… so I can sit and work…

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Home School

How to Gauge Where Your Student is Academically

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As I began to research “How to start homeschooling” I was SURROUNDED with information. I found out about different styles of teaching, TOO many different curriculums and that everyone does this very differently. I reached out to Zoie and asked her, ‘ How do I gauge where they are at academically?’. I wanted to be sure that I was current with what they knew so we could come up with a plan to educate them based on their needs and our family goals. Zoie, founder of Hoffman Tutoring Group wrote this guest blog so we could share how we began our ‘Home-Skoolied’ journey!   When I signed up for my undergrad teaching program many years ago, no one told me that a huge part of being a teacher is data collection. I guess I should’ve taken the statistics course on my schedule as a small sign. Though sometimes our country can…

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No Need For Validation.

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A situation was brought to life for my wife and I recently regarding validation in our society. The scene was as follows: my daughter asks my wife and I, “Have I eaten this apple far enough to throw it out?” Simple right? What a very basic question yet for some reason made my mind wonder why my daughter would ask this. So I responded with, “Chloe, why do you need us to approve you to throw out an apple core?” She replied, “I don’t know. Just asking and so you can see how far I ate it.” My wife and I shrugged and said ‘ok’ in unison and she went to throw it out. But for some reason I was still at odds with it. At this point a asked my wife, “Does she actually need something or is she looking for validation that she did something correct and to…

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Why we chose to homeschool.

In Parenting and Education

This is an excerpt of the guest post I did on November 5th for Hoffman Tutoring Group. Both Zoie and I had questions regarding homeschooling. I wanted to know how I could gauge where the kids stood academically, and she wanted to know why I was choosing to homeschool! To read the full post head over to Hoffman Tutoring Group!   For us the idea of homeschooling came with the choice to completely change our lifestyle. Admittedly, I was that parent that was semi-removed from my kid’s education. I assumed that they had it handled at the schools and I did little reinforcements when they came home. Its ok, I am ok with it, most of the time I was doing everything I could to just survive. With my husband working or deployed, it was mostly my responsibility… for the kids, house, my business and trying to take care of myself.  I’d…

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