Today on Simple Homeschool: At the Heart of Homeschooling

I know that Simple Kids readers are not necessarily homeschoolers, but I was very touched by Jena Borah’s words about maintaining a heart for your child.  I felt her thoughts on love, giving, and confidence as a parent might be relevant to some of you, too.

I was very idealistic. My kids were going to enjoy their childhood, nurture their love of learning, and be free from school stress. They would grow up to be emotionally healthy adults with every chance to succeed.

Then we hit the first roadblock: ME. Having little children at home 24/7 was exhausting. Realizing their educational future rested on my shoulders was terrifying. Accepting the full responsibility of their emotional development was crushing. At least parents who send their kids to school have someone to blame if things go wrong.

You can read the rest of Jena’s article at Simple Homeschool.

Today on Simple Organic: 8 Natural Solutions for the Common Discomforts of Infancy

Diaper Rash, earaches, teething …. Infancy can be a bumpy ride. Simple Kids readers will be glad to know that Megan is writing at Simple Organic today about 8 Natural Solutions for the Common Discomforts of Infancy:

Between the glossy ads in parenting magazines and the aisles of choices at the supermarket and pharmacy, it can be overwhelming to try to choose the right thing to comfort the hurts of our little ones. And more often than not, it’s the middle of the night when we discover we need a solution – quickly!  Not the most convenient time for a trip to the store.

Head over to Simple Organic to read the rest.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Giveaway Winner and Link Showcase

Happy Valentine’s Day! I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome to Simple Kids this week. Your comments, emails, and kind words are so appreciated. Also, I want to say thank you to everyone who entered all five giveaways on all of the Simple Living Media blogs.

Simple Kids Give Away Winner

Without further ado, I’m so pleased to announce that the winner from Simple Kids is ….

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Valentine’s Book Review: Porcupining

Around our house, we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in any elaborate manner. Perhaps a special dinner and a few chocolate hearts.   Even so, it’s fun to have a cheerful holiday in the midst of what is, in our part of the world, a dreary month.

The book I want to share with you comes as a recommendation from my local children’s librarian, and is a new favorite of mine.  I just know that you’ll fall in love with this sweet little gem of a book as well.

Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story is written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Janie Bynum and is the story of Cushion the Porcupine.  Cushion lives in a petting zoo, but because he’s so prickly there isn’t any petting for him.  All of the other animals have families to keep them company, but Cushion lives alone.

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More Than Words: Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

The Greeks have four words for love: eros, philia, agape, and storge – the name for the love and strong commitment between family members. I like the idea of having a special word for family love. As a parent, the affection I feel for my kids is limitless. I want them to grow up knowing that they are deeply loved. Each moment brings a new chance to say “I love you” - not just with words, but with deeds and actions.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For some, it can be a daunting holiday filled with the pressure of grand gestures and elaborate showing of affection. However, there are simple ways that you can show your kids you love them any day of the year.

Here are a few ideas to get you started …

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