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10 Ways to Ease Kids’ Fears

For better or for worse, I have been transparent about my 8-year-old’s anxiety disorder. She takes daily medication, and that medication allows her to see past her paralyzing anxieties and realize a brave, joyful life with our family. That medication is a gift from God. (If you want to know more about what it’s like to live with a childhood anxiety disorder, go check out this post.) Most kids don’t have what Grace has. Most kids have normal kid fears. Let’s talk about those for a moment. Afraid of the dark, scared of spiders, worried about thunder – these are … Read more

How to Make a Tutu: A Tutorial

how to make a tutu without sewing

This tutu tutorial is the #1 post ever on Feels Like Home. I originally posted it in 2009, and it has been viewed and shared all over the world as parents make tutus for their little princesses, fairies, and ballerinas. I hope you enjoy it again today. For her second birthday, I made Grace a no-sew tutu. It is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. You know we’re anti-princess around here, but I thought a tutu would be a perfect dress up piece. Tutus are all about imagination and whimsy. Tutus can work for ballerinas or fairies or … Read more

10 Fun Uses for Baking Soda

baking soda

After writing two posts on how to use baking soda to clean things, I was getting a little bored with pragmatic information. This post contains nothing productive, but lots of really fun and interesting ways to use baking soda. Kids will love these, but so will adults! The science Every one of these activities present an awesome opportunity to talk to your kids (big or little) about science. When baking soda comes in contact with an acid (like vinegar or lemon juice), a chemical reaction occurs. The end result* of the reaction is the creation of water and carbon dioxide … Read more

How to Celebrate Memorial Day with Kids

When I was in sixth grade, I had a Billy Rae Cyrus cassette (cassette!) that I listened to constantly. The only song from it that I still remember is called Some Gave All. In the midst of my tween angst, I was moved by its lyrics. Some Gave All I knew a man called him Sandy Kane Few folks even knew his name But a hero was he Left a boy, came back a man Still many just don’t understand About the reasons we are free I can’t forget the look in his eyes Or the tears he cries As he … Read more

Living Fully – Why I’m Not Bringing Our Holidays Down a Notch

Bring the Holidays Down a Notch

Yesterday, I refused to take Grace to Girl Scouts because it was snowing and the roads weren’t plowed or treated. She was disappointed. Last week, I broke the news to Grace that we are not going to participate in the homeschool co-op next year. She was disappointed. Last month, Grace’s friends at church went to Disney World (for two weeks!). They came back and told her all about the rides and the food and the characters. Grace asked if we could go to Disney World. I told her that maybe, some day we could, but it’s very expensive and will … Read more

Coloring the Advent

Last year, I printed some coloring pages for Gracie. Each one was like a miniature Advent calendar, divided into 24 sections, and she loved them. If you have a preschooler or an older kid who really loves to color, you should consider coloring pages for Advent. You can download the ones we used, or you could make up your own, as long as it has 24 sections. Here are our two favorites, linked to the pages where I found them so that you can download your own. 5 Days of Christmas Traditions To celebrate the first week of Advent, I’ll … Read more