• Homestead

    The Forgotten Desk

      How come kids never use the desk we bought for them?  I know I’m not alone in this.  It seems to be that most kids want a desk for their room, and most moms agree and buy one – BUT, other than being used as a dirty hamper, used dishes collector, and pretty much a catch-all for junk, the desk is not used as a desk.  My kids always love to do their homework in the kitchen.  I can see how this habit forms for many young ones, because when they are little we help them form their letters correctly while cooking dinner or eating a snack in the…

  • Spirit

    Daily Chess

    Moms, you know how over the years the board games just stop coming out of the bookshelf?  I think back to when my kids were little, and we played games ALL the time.  Sometimes, one too many rounds of Candyland :).  But, now I miss it.  Family game night has faded out as my kids grew up and got replaced by laptops and emails and movies.  I miss it, and I miss the bonding that occurs when I’m sitting around a game with my kids.  So I decided to do something about it.  I dusted off our chess set and set it up on the kitchen table.  And when my…