Dear Responsible Momma,

  How does a high responsibility Mom take care of 5 boys who have little interest in responsibility?     #1: She goes crazy. She spends her every step trying to command them in “duties”—wash your hands, take off your shoes, put away your toys, make your bed, brush your teeth, stay on task! Thus,… Read more »

Lazy Parenting

We’ve all heard it.   “Do as I say, not as I do.”   What does “Do as I say not as I do” imply? It implies.. quite bluntly… you are a lazy parent. Telling your child to “do as you say and not as you do” is a cop-out of all cop outs. You… Read more »

  • the failed routine

      Maybe we’re the only family that does this… if we are, then well, we’re like this… HA! We see an “issue” that needs addressed, a new bed-time routine, a new supper “helper” chart, a new reward method, or some other routine-ed task. We make the chart, talk with the kids, do it well for a… Read more »

  • Two Things

    Two things for you today! 1) Apology: no way around this. There haven’t been posts in a long while – too long, you most undoubtedly have MUCH more important things to do than wait for blog posts! Regardless, we are sorry!! Routine can be hard.  Some thoughts on that HERE. If you’re reading this you probably… Read more »

  • guitar picks and cough drops

    This morning I was getting ready to leave for the office when my two-year old son came into my bedroom and grabbed a rogue cough drop off my dresser. I thought he was going to unwrap it and eat it – to which I told him he had to put it back. But nope. He… Read more »

  • Give Away Winner : #75

    I just informed the winner of the give-away last month! 123 folks were in the drawing, some were entered multiple times (because you shared and liked content on our Facebook Page) – looking forward to giving away more free stuff! Please check your “Other” messages in Facebook and if we don’t get a response in a… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 005

    Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.      [ One ]  Creativity! How boring life would be without creativity. I’m thankful for music, imaginations of little boys, blanket forts that turn into caves and spaceships, poetry, art, etc…   [ Two ]  My wife’s prayers! Truly an amazing blessing.   [ Three ] Friends that… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 004

      [ One ] Video Chat : this seems to be “normal” in our culture at this point. But I remember needing to drive 9 hours as a child to see family & friends. While on the road this week I’ve been thankful for video chat to see my four boys and their faces and… Read more »

  • polished logistics | unmerited grace

    I appreciate smooth, polished logistics. I also value raw unmerited grace.  It might seem unnatural but I see them in a powerful relationship.   Who doesn’t appreciate grace extended in their direction – we all need it.  And if you think about it even the most unmannerly person is, in one form, asking grace be… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 003

    There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  [ One ] I am a daughter of the King, who rules a kingdom that cannot be shaken.  Jason and I have been reminded of God’s shaking power recently and it truly is something I am thankful for.   “Therefore,… Read more »

  • wisdom and mosquitos

    The age-old question – “Why did God make mosquitos?” – doesn’t enthrall me much anymore. It use to. But my questions have drifted to deeper mysteries like: “Why are small children so obsessed with the toilet paper roll?” or “Why aren’t kids created to enjoy the crust on their bread?” or “How come two, three,… Read more »

  • bed time routine

    Parent: OK kids, bed time in 5 minutes. Kids: *continue doing what they are doing, and don’t acknowledge the directive* Parent: “2 minutes” Kids: *continue doing what they are doing* *3 minutes pass* Parent: “OK, go brush your teeth time for bed.” The five minute rule in our house rarely is ever EXACTLY five minutes…. Read more »