June 23, 2015
June 20, 2015
"In a study examining father involvement with 134 children of adolescent mothers over the first 10 years of life, researchers found that father-child contact was associated with better socio-emotional and academic functioning. The results indicated that children with more involved fathers experienced fewer behavioral problems and scored higher on reading achievement. This study showed the significance of the role of fathers in the lives of at-risk children, even in case of nonresident fathers." (source: http://www.fatherhood.org)
I have seen this. With my children. With my own eyes.
February 16, 2015
I try to stay ahead of my kids to keep their mornings and other “out the door” times simple. This means packing lunches the day before, laying out clothes for the next day and meal planning. Bulk cooking has been a life saver for me, giving me the ability to spend time connecting with my kids during the afternoons instead of spending time in front of the stove.
There are some amazing online resources for bulk cooking – many even offer a full shopping list and plan of action. Basically, you set aside a full day to cook up a month’s work of meals. For our family, this is a lot of crock pot recipes and casserole recipes that I can have in place before the craziness of the afternoon hits. This way, dinner is on the table and weeknight clean-up is a snap. If you aren’t into doing the cooking yourself, there are some different companies that offer the convenience of doing the work for you. You will, of course, pay a premium in price, but that reward of a more simplistic evening is well worth it!
For me, simplicity comes from planning. It may sound like more work in the beginning, but it winds up allowing for much more quality time in the end.