Our Favorite Fun Gifts For Kids and Teens

Everyone loves to get presents, especially an exciting toy or two. Unfortunately, very often after the excitement of getting the toy, many of the toys wind up in storage and not played with shortly after being opened.  In our house it’s either a closet or the toy gets passed on to someone else. This is a short list of our favorite fun gifts for kids and teens.

The toys in the list below have gone on for miles and miles around here.  We played with them continuously, together, as a family. Adults, teenagers and little kids alike.  Many we had to replace because they fell apart from being played with so much.  If you know me in person, your family has probably gotten some of these from us as gifts at one point or another.  Whether you are making a holiday list or just looking for a present for any occasion, this list is handy. Continue reading “Our Favorite Fun Gifts For Kids and Teens”

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before I Began Homeschooling

I have homeschooled my kids for close to 14 years now.  When I was just starting out and had my older one as a toddler, it was easy.  We were contained in our happy little bubble.  He was so happy to just spend his days with mommy, learning to read, coloring, and playing with blocks.  Then came that age, at about five, he began getting restless, clearly needing more.  We set out on the path of more socialization and more schoolwork.  Naturally, I tended to meet parents of other toddlers much more then families with teens, so a lot of the points below escaped my attention.  We learned by trying, but I do think that it would be easier for me, for us, if someone had told me these things right of the bat.  I do wish someone that has done it before me told me these things. All of the points below come from our personal experience, and everyone’s experience is different of course!

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before I Began Homeschooling:

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