Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

9 Tips For Helping Your Kids With Homework -From a Former Teacher

Did you know I taught school for seven years before I had my kids?

I taught seventh grade history and eight grade health…and I loved it!

Switch gears to having my own kids, I have found that doing homework with your own kids, is similar to teaching in the classroom.

Here are some tips that may help you out at home.

  • Be near them but don’t hover. Kids need their freedom to do work on their own. I always stay in the same room, and help my child understand the concept, however, when my child gets to work on their homework I don’t stand over them the entire time –so that my child feels that they are able to accomplish on their own.

  • Praise, Praise, and Praise. Even if your child does something wrong on their homework assignment, correct them, but correct tactfully and find something to praise them with. Such as “we need to re-do this, but your handwriting looks great there.” It’s amazing how much confidence or lack of confidence comes from school work and when we stay positive with the childs learning abilities, it not only motivates the child to work harder, but it reminds them that even if they make a mistake they are capable, intelligent people.
  • Be willing to give your child breaks while working on homework. We all know it’s idea to sit down and get an assignment completed. However, for some kids, having breaks while doing homework keeps a positive environment. Yes it takes a bit more patience for the parents, but if the child benefits from breaks, give them some time to complete the assignment.

-Make a point to stay near the child that’s doing homework, and yet work on something yourself. Again, it’s hard not to hover .. and it’s good to keep them on track … but if they can see that you are THERE and PRESENT if they need help that’s great. Even more, if they see that you are cooking or writing in your journal close by… this might create an opportunity for your child to work to solve homework problems in their own .. which is a great thing. As the parent, stay productive yourself while the child is working on homework close by you.

Put away the phones : Parents and the child doing homework should have their phones’ sound turned off and the phones should be away from the parent and child so as to not cause major distractions.

Serve up some snacks. Sometimes it’s a bit more enjoyable to get through homework with some snacks to munch on. These snacks shouldn’t be sugary and unhealthy treats.. but more so, some food that’s healthy and tasty to the child.

My son enjoys snacking on popcorn or crackers during homework time.

-Be consistent with setting a homework routine. Kids crave routines and truly work extremely better when there is an expected routine in place. Find a designated time and area of the house to do homework and be as consistent as possible.

-Have your child teach you. As a former teacher myself, I found that I learned more from teaching than I ever did in college. Why? Because when you teach a topic or subject you truly have to know and understand the topic and be an expert in that area. Having your child teach you—the parent, a concept they have learned can be a positive way to enhance the child’s confidence. Also, having the child teach the parent can help the child understand topics and subjects at a much deeper level.

-Make homework fun! Now I’m not saying you have to blast music, but as the parent, have a smile on your phase, make sure your tone of voice is positive and cheerful. Most of all, if we as parents are encouraging and positive .. your child can enjoy their time doing homework, versus dreading homework time. Attitude is everything when it comes to homework.

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Top 6 Mom Hacks I Use Daily

The video above goes into detail about the mom hacks that help me daily.

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1-Use Essential oil drops to keep the toilet smelling fresh and clean.

2- Store your makeup brushes in a mason jar.

3- Place baby wipes throughout the house to use to clean up a variety of items.

4- Keep a monthly calendar/schedule in your kitchen to stay organized.

5-Clean your face masks by first placing them in a lingerie bag and then placing the lingerie bag in the washer.

6- Write your “to-do” list on your bathroom mirror with a dry-erase marker. When you complete all your tasks, clean the mirror.

What mom hacks do you use daily?

I would love to hear!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Relationships

What I do know about Parenting

Let’s be honest, there is A LOT that I don’t know about parenting.

Even when three young kids, somedays I roam the parenting life oblivious to what I should be doing.

However, I always remind myself that the things I DO KNOW about parenting, help me get through all that I don’t know.

My sweet little family. ❤️

So let’s start with what I don’t know about parenting.

What I don’t know about parenting is how to get all of my kids to sleep through the night, in their beds, period. We have tried the books and the help and we still end up with one…sometimes two kids in our bed.

Our kids are young…5 years, 3 years, and 1 year old.

We had a big earthquake here back in March and I can honestly say my three year old daughter has never slept the same since then.

So I admit, I don’t know how to get my kids to sleep well through the night.

I also don’t know how to deal with the different emotions and personalities that each child has.

All three of my kids are very different from each other, and they respond to discipline, love, and all things differently.

It’s a learning curve, maybe one day I will figure it out, but not right now.

Reading time with dad❤️

What I don’t know about parenting is how to get my kids to eat every meal without a fight, or without having to fix a separate side meal for some of my kids.

I have picky eaters, and I don’t know how to make them like certain foods.

Is it possible to make kids like certain foods?

I don’t know that.

What I don’t know about parenting is how to make sure I am meeting all of my children’s emotional needs.

There is no sign or signal that let’s us know if we are helping our children emotionally to the capacity that they each need. Is it possible to know that?

What I don’t know about parenting is how to be a kind, patient mom when trying to get kids packed into the van to get to school on time.

I am sure some parents have this figured out, but I don’t. I can bribe kids…that way I am not raising my voice as much, but I’m not sure that quite counts?

What I don’t know about parenting is …a continual thing.

However ….

What I DO KNOW about parenting is that the love a parent has for a child is indescribable.

And if we as parents can transfer that LOVE into every interaction we have with our kids….

Then we have EVERY part of parenting figured out.

Our cute kids playing together with smiles ❤️

We won’t have all the answers … raising children takes me to my knees a lot, asking Heavenly Father what I can do to be a better parent.

And what I feel from Heavenly Father is LOVE— and that is always the answer.

Love your kids through everything.

Love them through the tantrums and the heartache.

Love your kids through successes and honors…

If we love our kids through every decision and every move they make … they will FEEL that love in their hearts.

I felt it from mine.

That love will carry your children through all the pain and all the happiness.

So when it’s hard to know just how to discipline or work through a disagreement with your child.. stop and think of how your actions show love?

Love will change the world, one child at a time.

It starts with how we parent. When we parent with LOVE as the goal everyday… our children will benefit through indescribable ways.

That’s the only thing I know about parenting …that loving our kids through thick and thin is the key.

And guess what?

As long as that’s all we know… To love our children unconditionally … it all works out in the end.

Good luck parents!

You got this:)

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle

Motherhood Unfiltered Part 1.

This is a series of post that I will continue to add to because, well, it’s a HUGE part of who I am and there are so many thoughts that can go into this topic.

Motherhood unfiltered.

We live in a society of filters.

We live where something that looks amazing and beautiful … isn’t valid because it’s been manipulated in a way —in which it looses its raw identity.

Motherhood has been filtered and I want to talk about the unfiltered.

Motherhood is hard and beautiful all rolled into one.

There are moments of beauty and peace, and moments of anxiety and turmoil.

Motherhood is not easy, it is hands down the HARDEST thing I myself have ever done, and yet it is the best thing I’ve ever done as well.

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Within a thirty minute time period, my emotions travel from happy, to sad, to excited, and mad, to laughing, to crying and on and on.

The mental exhaustion is the test of motherhood. And yet, with that comes some of the most precious moments that will ever occur in life.

Those precious moments of “I love you,” or “mommy you’re my favorite,” watching your children light up when you come home from a night out..those are the precious moments that are truly priceless.

So yes motherhood is amazing and hard —and don’t be fooled by the pictures on social media that everyone has it “figured out” better than you.

Just remember motherhood is an incredible journey …it will always have ups and downs but in end .. it will be worth the wonderful ride.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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13 Tips on Traveling With a Baby…

Traveling with a baby can be challenging because there are so many items to consider bringing.

After packing for my own three kids over the years, I came up with a list of helpful advice for parents that are traveling with a baby.

#1- Always pack an extra set of clothes and jammies because more than likely …you’ll need it.

Our sweet baby girl, 11 months old.

#2-Don’t forget the meds! The motrin, Tylenol and even vitamin d drops. Ironically— my kids tend to get sick when traveling and having these items on hand are key.

#3- Utilize ziplock bags! I use ziplock bags for medicine, diaper ointment, baby snacks … it saves things from leaking and it’s easier to find items in a ziplock bag.

#4-When packing diapers and wipes be on the safe side and plan for 10 diapers each day, and a pack of wipes every two days. This is generous, but it keeps you safe.

#5- Pack a stroller that is easiest to haul and collapses easily. Even an umbrella stroller is ideal if your child is old enough to hold their head up.

#6- Pack plenty of baby snacks and food, you can always take the extras back home.

#7- Pack at least 2 binkis and 2 bottles so that there is always a back up.

#8- Buy travel size of the following: baby lotion, baby shampoo and body wash.

#9- Bring at least 2-3 blankets.

#10- no matter the weather pack a jacket.

#11- Baby toys-Baby’s can be quite easy to entertain but grab at least 1-2 baby toys to have on hand.

#12-Bring oragel or teething ointment, you never know when their teeth may start cutting.

#13- If the baby is used to a sound machine — bring it! Losing sleep while traveling is not fun.

I hope these tips have been helpful!

As always, I would love to hear your tips as tricks when traveling with a baby.!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle

Favorite Fall Traditions

I have to admit, I will hop on the bandwagon of fall being my favorite season!

The colors of Fall are beautiful.

I love the leaves changing, sweater season, football season, and even better.. fun family holidays and traditions.

Here are some of our favorite fall traditions that we enjoy every year and we hope you will too!

#1- Family Soup Night: often times we coordinate this around Halloween.

This soup looks heart and tasty!

Everyone brings their favorite soup and we taste all the variety of soups there .. and it ends up being a fun recipe exchanging event.

Plus- this time of year is perfect for soup!

#2- A nice drive to see the changing leaves. We are close to the mountains and enjoy taking a peaceful mountain drive.

#3- Pick out pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. If you have little ones in the family— picking out favorite pumpkins is so exciting for young kids.

You can even create a challenge like “who can find the smallest one,” “roundest one,” “biggest one,” etc.

#4- Decorate Halloween or Fall sugar cookies!

#5- Paint or carve pumpkins

What are some of your favorite fall traditions?

I would love to here!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

10 Facts that Most People Don’t know about Me…

1- I like most genres of music, and can remember lyrics to songs better than I can remember my social security number or my address.

2- I get Separation Anxiety when I’m away from my kids for too long. I have not left all three kids for an overnight trip and don’t know when I will.

3- When I was about 14 months old I contracted pneumonia and was placed in an oxygen tent… doctors were worried I would not survive.

4- I don’t like buying socks. I’d rather spend money on cute shirts or pants etc.

5- I’m scared to swim in the ocean.

6- My favorite candy bar is Reese’s, but I do not like Reese’s pieces.

7- I’m a Germaphobe… I wash my hands a lot.

8- I got my first cavity at 27 years old.

9- Textures bother me— when someone runs their hands across the carpet it wigs me out for some reason ?!

10. My favorite home cooked meal is roast beef and potatoes and gravy.

Me with my family at home… our favorite place to be!

Sometimes it’s fun to learn about people this way. I’ve had my blog now for about 18 months and it’s been a lot of fun!

Thanks to all my followers .. I couldn’t keep going without you!

I would love to hear some random facts about you as well, just comment below.

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous

Day 10: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Here’s a fun gift idea, especially if you have some cute little kids who enjoying writing and coloring.

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(Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!)

This booklet called “Many Reasons I Love You” is sure to bring a smile to dad or grandpa’s face on Father’s Day.

Sometimes these custom, hand-made gifts are the very best. 

And this booklet ships for only $8.47 which is a wonderful price!

 

To purchase this, click here.

 

More coming tomorrow!

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle

Quarantine Help:5 Kids Items for under $30 from Amazon.

Who knew you would be homeschooling kids this long right?! Thank goodness for modern day technology so that school can be completed online. And yet, there of course is still time for kids to get in that much needed “play and creativity” time.

Here are five fun items I found on Amazon that can be helpful for your kids to get through the day.

All items are $30 or less and should add a lot of joy and fun to your household while in quarantine.

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*(Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!)

 

1. Chalktastic liquid chalk markers  can be used for: 

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-menu boards

-glass windows

And the list goes on!

Guaranteed to keep your kids busy for a while!

And this product is sold for only $18.97

 

To purchase click here

 

 

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This fun painting, writing, doodle board can be fun for kids of all ages!

Plus, it’s a great way for kids to channel their artistic side, and make drawing and writing fun!

 

The price for this item is only $21.99!

To purchase, click here. 

 

 

3, Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat, 24 Keys Piano Mat, 8 Selectable Musical Instruments + Play -Record -Playback -Demo-mode

How fun would this be for kids?!

And what a great way to incorporate music while jumping around.

I could even see some older kids secretly liking this as well.

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Click here to purchase

 

 

 

 

4. Gosports Bulleye Bounce and & Tri Toss Cornhole Toss GameScreen Shot 2020-04-07 at 3.00.49 PM

If your kids are wanting a fun outdoor activity, this cornhole game can be the answer!

And at $29.99 (free shipping), you can’t beat the price! 

Even better, once quarantine is over it’s a fun game to set up for birthday parties or family get-togethers and such. 

For this fun game, click here.

 

 

5. Shrinky Dinks: TUPARKA 60 Pcs Heat Shrink Plastic Sheet Kit,Heat Shrinky Sheets Creative Pack,Including 10Pcs Blank Shrink Film Paper and 5 Pcs Shrinky Art Paper with Pattern,Hole Punch,Keychains,Pencils for Kids

Oh how I loved playing with shrinky dinks when I was a kid. This can be a fun way for your kids to utilize their artistic skills and abilties. Perhaps they can make gifts for people in the family, or just enjoy them for themsleves. Screen Shot 2020-04-07 at 3.19.03 PM

 

This product is easy and simple to use, and fun for kids of all ages! 

The price for this product is only $22.99

To purchase click here. 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn! What other fun items have you purchased off of Amazon for your kids?

I hope you enjoyed the selection and even more, the price.

Stay healthy and safe!

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo,

 

 

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle

Coronavirus and kids at home? Here are some great items at a wonderful price to keep your kids entertained!

If you are like me, you are in need of some new ways to entertain your kids during this “social distancing” time. I got searching around and found that Jane.com has great entertainment items for kids, some are great for learning, others for fun…and even better they come at a great price!

Hang in there…we will get through this Covid 19 pandemic in time!

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Customized Coloring Books:

When it comes to coloring, this customized coloring book is great! What a fun way for your child to color for hours. Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 11.11.06 PM

Even better, the price is great! It ships for $9.99

Click here to purchase

 

 

 

 

 

49 Piece Magnetic Toy Tiles

These toy tiles are a great way for kids to build and use their creativity.

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This item ships for $21.98

 

 

To purchase these magnetic tiles, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant Table Top Coloring Pages

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My kids love to color, and these giant coloring pages are fun!

 

There are a variety of choices to choose from. I picture this as an on-going activity you can keep out on a table to have your kids work on everyday.

 

Ships for $12.48

To purchase this item, click here

 

 

Electric Airlifted Hoverball

Ships for only $10.99

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My kids have this and they love it! We have been surprised how long it has lasted without a battery change. This hoverball is a great way to get some energy out!

 

To purchase click here 

 

 

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These flashcards can help you with teaching your young kids at home. And they come at a great price!

 

Ships for only $8.74

To purchase click here

 

 

 

 

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This sling shot is not only fun for kids, but the felt balls are key to keeping this sling shot safer and fun.

Ships for only $8.98

 

To purchase this, click here

 

 

 

Secret Message Pen Set (4 in the set)

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This pen set could be a fun and creative way for your kids to write.

This secret message pen set is fun and exciting for ALL kids to enjoy!

 

Ships for only $4.99

To purchase, click here

 

 

 

For Mom:

Because I think we can all relate to this shirt am I right?!

 

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Ships for $17.98

 

To purchase, click here

 

 

 

Hopefully something stood out to you! I have shopped at Jane.com for many years and I love the variety of unique items they carry.

 

And just know, you can do this…we can all get through this Covid 19 together. I hope to keep coming up with more ideas, but hopefully for now , this list of entertainment items can help!

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo

 

Christy Lee