Play – The Moving Force of Development

I am so excited to share Claire’s post with you today. Claire Adams is a professional development expert and believer in the power of a positive attitude. She is also quite sweet and patient. As many of you have noticed and kindly inquired, The Engaged Home has been quiet lately. As with our daughter, we’ve found the 4-8 month stage one of the most difficult for us as parents. So many major transitions seem to happen. Only now we have two babies and a two-year-old. Between teething, colds, and a severe lack of sleep, we bunkered down as a family … Read more…

Finding the Right Balance of Indepedence and Boundaries with Children

This post is contributed by Sarah, a contributing writer. Edited and approved by Nathana. From the moment our kids are born, they are precious. They mean the world to us and when we bring them home from the hospital, we handle them like a fragile family heirloom. In some ways, I guess, that’s exactly what they are! But that simple need to protect, that desire to make them secure, never leaves us. Speak to anyone with grown-up kids, and it’s still the same. Even the 80-year-old great-grandma will fuss over and look after her own children into their fifties and beyond. … Read more…

Tips for Mastering the Family Road Trip

With summer now upon us, I am excited to share a guest post by Marie Nieves about ways to have an enjoyable family road trip! As you set off this summer for your own road trips, family time, and adventure, my prayer is that you may be blessed with safety and lifelong memories. – Nathana Most youngsters are prone to showing defiance when removed from their common environment (their room, the company of their peers, etc.). Road trips can be troublesome due to the long ride in the car. As the pumped air circulates through the car with the smell of stale Cheetos, … Read more…

Tips for Creating a Functional Homeschool Space

This is a guest post by Ella Andrews.  Creating your very own homeschool space is not exactly an easy task, since you will need a location to not only hold school, but store your supplies. That being said, you will have a chance to make a lot of great choices both for storage and tutoring purposes, so make use of the following tips to make it work: Make your space more functional and comfortable, ensuring there is enough space to walk between the desks or other furniture. Basements and garages can be good areas to deal with this, especially if you work on them with … Read more…

Introducing Charlene, My Solidarity Sister

One of my favorite parts of blogging is the online community that is formed by both readers and fellow bloggers. It has blessed me far more than I ever imagined! I just wish I had more time to read and follow blogs, because there are so many fantastic men and women sharing advice, insight, humor, and quite simply put, life.  This past month I had the awesome opportunity to find a “solidarity sister” through the blogosphere. A blogging friend, Susannah from Simple Moments Stick, began this unique opportunity to connect with other bloggers, make a friend, and grow your blog. Susannah … Read more…

The Importance of Superheroes for Children and Teens

  I am excited to share Tracey’s post today! The Clay household enjoys Batman. So much so that I made Rebekah a Batman outfit. 🙂  By Tracey Clayton Superheroes track the bad guys relentlessly through the sky and defend the innocent against injustice, all without ever revealing their true face. Whether they are called Superman, Batman or Spider-Man, our kids love them. But why are superheroes so fascinating to the youngsters? How do they help them grow? Why Do Children Need Superheroes? The superhero is an ideal, an aspiration, a goal, and that is an excellent moving force for children as well as … Read more…

11 Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Confession: I felt healthier while pregnant than I normally do. This was because I wanted to give Rebekah the very best nutrition possible and take care of my body so it would be in good shape for labor and nursing. I did a lot of research into what to eat and what to avoid while pregnant. I had sweet and smart friends who freely shared their wisdom. And my husband was awesome about cooking healthy foods for us. So when Julie Roy contacted me about sharing her information on healthy pregnancy foods, I was excited to pass on this excellent information. … Read more…

4 Money-saving Tips for Household Cleaning

Nowadays there are a lot of commercial cleaning products that promise to remove all the nasty stains in an effective way. You have a wide range of choices when it comes to detergents and substances that will help you provide an ideal cleaning of all your surfaces. You have probably noticed that such cleaners often tend to be more expensive than you would expect. Many people invest a lot of money in getting the latest cleaning equipment because they want to make their home spotless and more welcoming. But you can accomplish this without buying every new product on the … Read more…

5 Tips for Exercise and Healthy Living for Busy Moms

Hi ladies! I get asked a lot about how to get your workouts in when you’re a busy mom or working professional. It seems impossible sometimes  to get to the gym when you’ve got a job, a family, or if you’re a brand new mom. And that is where I come in! I know that adding exercise into your life is difficult sometimes. I can imagine with busy families it feels like there is no time for YOU. But all you need is about 10 minutes. 10 minutes is enough time to get in some bodyweight exercise and healthy living … Read more…

Guest Post: Speaking the Love Languages of Others

Love languages. It does sort of sound a bit new age-y, or even like a different name for the Romance Languages like Italian and Spanish. But no, it does not have to do with foreign languages, although sometimes it can seem foreign. In the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, he explains what the five live languages are and how they work. In case you haven’t come across them before here’s a brief overview. (Read the book I promise you will love it and you’ll probably start assessing your friends! There are also versions covering teens, children and … Read more…

Intentionally Transitioning

Isn’t it crazy how many stages we move through in life? Not just from babyhood to childhood to adulthood, but all the tiny transitions within the larger ones? If we tallied up all of the phases, seasons and changes we go through in one lifetime….well, we probably couldn’t count them all. As this pregnancy progresses, I’m getting more and more aware of just how many transitions I’ve gone through in such a small piece of time. Within the last two years the titles of student, girlfriend, barista, writer, friend, fiance, mommy, wife, nanny, stay at home mom, daughter, teacher (and … Read more…

Today I Choose Joy by Bethany Miller

 There are few things that can drastically reshape your philosophy on life than working thirty hours a week in a grocery store. How do I know, you ask? Because I worked in a local store for eight months, and the lessons I learned while bagging potatoes and scanning bags of apples have stuck with me even three years later. The vast of majority of my customers were senior citizens, and I remember the phrase they all used. Every single one of them seemed to know this string of words by heart, and gladly applied it to every situation possible. I … Read more…

5 Ways to Support Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Holly Doherty

1) Don’t praise them just for showing up. I know this statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom, in a world where every kid in the soccer league gets a trophy just for being on a team, and some leagues don’t even keep score lest they hurt a child’s supposedly fragile self-esteem. But life doesn’t give you a trophy just for showing up. Teach your kids to work hard, to take pride in their work, and to do their best. To praise them just for showing up breeds entitlement and an empty, false sense of self-worth. 2) Praise their … Read more…