karonadrummond

Because We Love Children

What Sibling Rivalry?

“I’ll get it.”

“No, you answered the phone last time. It’s my turn!”

“The dog needs to go out.”

“I’m busy. You let her out.”

“No, you!”

(together) “MOM…..!!”

Sound familiar? It was an every day situation at our house. It was about to drive me crazy!

Then a very nice lady at church, named Janice, gave me a parenting tool that changed my life. She told me that I could share it with you.It’s called “My Day/Your Day”. Here’s how it works:

Let’s say you have 2 kids. Kid 1 gets the odd numbered days of the month. Kid 2 gets the even numbered days. If you have more than 2 kids, divide up the month as evenly as possible so that everyone knows whose day it is. Mark it on the calendar if that helps.

The benefits to each child when it is his’her day: Kid of the Day gets to answer the door, answer the phone, first choice of which part of the bathroom to clean, gets to pick the bedtime story, etc. Make it fit your life.

The responsibilities of Kid of the Day: Let the dog out, take out the trash and recycling, relay the phone messages or write them down, etc. Again, adjust it to your household.

This has freed up quite a bit of brain space for me. I hope it does for you as well.

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Wholesome Mashed Potatoes

Wholesome Mashed Potatoes.

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Wholesome Mashed Potatoes

It’s been a packed week here. How about you? But we did make time for some comfort food. Mashed potatoes!

Here’s an easy way to make mashed potatoes better for you:

Cut and boil 5 lbs. potatoes. Call the kids. With them helping: Add a healthy buttery spread . Use Morton Lite Salt with 50% less sodium. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher.  Get out your blender.Put one 16 oz. container of fat free cottage cheese in the blender. Blend it on high until creamy. Stir all the creamed cottage cheese into the mashed potatoes. Get out your mixer. Let your kids take turns whipping those taters into a blissful fluff.

Enjoy! And don’t feel guilty. You have reduced the usual fat and sodium content of regular mashed potatoes. You have made them creamy without the cream Instead of fat, the cottage cheese added protein.

Blended cottage cheese also works great in dips for chips and veggies. Have fun experimenting!

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Thanks for the Day

Today a dear friend of mine is saying goodbye to a dear friend of hers. For the last time on this earth. Cancer is taking this
precious wife and mother way before anyone was ready. I barely know her, and yet she has been on my mind and in my thoughts and in my prayers constantly.

This lady has received many blessings in this tragedy. She has had a few weeks to record her memories and hopes for her children. She has been able to say goodbye to family and friends. She has picked out her hymns and written her memorial service. Members of her church have engulfed the whole family in love and support.

Our mutual friend is amazing. I am so honored to call her my friend. She has been at her friend’s house night and day. She and her husband have been there in the darkest hours. As her friend became bedridden, this wonderful lady has been there to bathe and change her friend. She helped set the family finances in order. She taught the teenage daughter how to go shopping.

My heart is breaking for all these people today. I am praying for a peaceful passing and for comfort for all the family and friends.

As I look at my crazy/busy life, I give thanks for the day. I don’t know how long I will be allowed to be on this earth. But I will make time today for what really matters to me: my faith in God, my family, and my friends. I hope you will do the same.

Blessings,
Karona DRummond

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To Be…”Um” Free

Okay, we um all have words we like fall back on when we, uh, talk or read. For us, it is the pesky little “um”.

I’m not sure when “um” became a member of our household. But lately, it seems, that annoying  little “um” has become ubiquitous.
(I’ve always wanted to use the word ubiquitous. Maybe we’ll make it our homeschool word of the day. 🙂 )

I knew “um” was wearing out his welcome when he began to creep into my child’s reading. “Um” was in every other sentence.
And my child didn’t even know “he” was there.

What’s a mom to do? We’re pulling out the “um” buster duster!

When that unwanted “um” creeps into my dear child’s reading, we will gently dust it and send it on it’s way.

Soon, we will have “um-free” reading! 🙂 We need to celebrate. Out comes our laughter button: (These are available from Hallmark.)

When my dear child reads a paragraph and keeps that rascally “um” out, we celebrate with a push of the laughter button.
if we make it through the whole passage “um”-free, we can do the happy dance and maybe even go drum out a happy beat.

Are there unwanted “ums” (or other bad habits) in you child’s reading? I hope this  post might be a spring-board for you to show those
“ums” the door with a smile on your face. Maybe instead of a feather duster, you use the soft end of a funny pencil. Maybe instead of a laughter button, you use Staple’s “Easy” button. Or a bell, or harmonica… The idea is to have fun with it and get those unwanted words out of your child’s reading.

Here’s to an “um”-free day with plenty of smiles! 🙂

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