Learning Outside the Box

Post by an Engaged Home contributing writer. Edited and approved by Nathana.  Learning is a way of life. We do a disservice to our children when we relegate learning and education solely to traditional school. Whether you homeschool or not, there are ample, valuable learning opportunities you can engage in with your children.   Think Beyond Academic Achievement There’s no question that being ‘book smart’ has value. However, children should develop plenty of other skills and traits. Though most schools try, it is not their job to focus on building character in our children. We can encourage traits like empathy … Read more…

10 Uses for Your Garage

Post by a contributing Engaged Home writer. I love the creativity in this list. It makes me want to reclean our garage and get creative. 🙂 Garages come in all shapes and sizes. Some are attached to the home. Others are a little separate building next to your house. They sound pretty boring, right? Wrong! Your garage could be one of the most essential parts of your home. Just think of the potential . . .  The Obvious: Safe-Keeping for Your Car If you live where it gets really hot or cold, housing your car in the garage can make … Read more…

Don’t Let a Busy Life Be Your Excuse

Busyness–a badge of courage in our society risks becoming a sin of pride. It goes beyond a strong work ethic and service to a place of “doing it all” with calendars filled to the max. Many families are too familiar with drive-thrus and eating on the go. Many a family van turns into a taxi. Kids are in so many activities they hardly remember what it feels like to be bored or to play creatively. We are proud of all the things we, our kids, and our families are doing. However, it comes at a cost: less family time, at … Read more…

Because He First Loved Us

Disclosure: I am an Amazon Affiliate and make a very small profit off any purchases you make through our links. You have no obligation to buy, and it does not affect cost at all! We only share about products that we love and use personally. Every little bit helps us out–thank you! After the boys were born we found our natural rhythms temporarily thrown into chaos. The past few months, I’ve focused on rebuilding and redefining our routines. (Which we often break!) We also just returned from a week visiting family, so daily rhythms and expectations must be reestablished yet again. … Read more…

Taking a New Path: The Boys’ Birth Story

This is a real birth story. I wanted to keep it appropriate, but true to our experience. I know I would have appreciated reading something like this before our  c-section, so I wanted to be as vulnerable as appropriate. Be prepared for a few pictures with blood. Also, keep in mind that no two birth stories are the same. Everyone’s experiences are different. Disclosure: I am an Amazon Affiliate and make a very small profit off any purchases you make through our links. You have no obligation to buy, and it does not affect cost at all! We only share … Read more…