Author Archives: Tara Ziegmont

9 Brave Ways for Kids to Diffuse Conflicts

9 Brave Ways for Kids to Diffuse Conflicts

About seventy-five times a day, my kids devolve into fights, bickering, and taunting— over Barbies, over books, over kittens, and even sometimes over who looked at whom wrong. It happens. I think all kids have conflicts with other kids, especially with siblings. The first key to handling children’s squabbling is to not ignore it. As

A Prayer for the Homeschool Mom

Homeschooling is one of the most rewarding parts of my day. It’s also one of the hardest. Finding the discipline to sit down and prepare the work, battling with a strong willed child who has special learning needs, and making time for my preschooler require daily focus. And that’s to say nothing of the cooking,

Sharing the Joy of God’s Creation with Your Kids

We spend a lot of time outside in the summer. We smear on some sunscreen, spritz on herbal bug spray, and head into the great outdoors. There’s so much to experience. In the busy-ness of our culture, it’s easy to forget the pleasures that being outside can bring. I encourage you to spend a morning

5 Ways to Celebrate Reading During Children’s Book Week

Did you know that Children’s Book Week happens every May? I know you’re already reading to your kids, but why not use this special week to do something out of the ordinary? Why not celebrate the books instead of just reading them? Here Are Some Great Ways to Celebrate Reading Do something from the story. Let’s start with

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Creating a Calming Bedtime Routine

I read lots of books on parenting when I was pregnant. One of the recommendations I discovered over and over again was to create a bedtime routine so that the baby would learn that going to sleep was the thing that always happened after A, B, C, and D. We latched on to that idea

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13 Ways Kids Can Do Good

My very best friend is paranoid that her children will grow up to be spoiled, entitled adults. I think all parents worry about this to some degree (especially in America), but being spoiled and entitled is not a foregone conclusion. I think I may have mentioned modeling good behavior in every blog post I’ve ever written,

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