On Making the Kids Sharing a Bedroom and Why You Should Do It, Too

What do you think about kids sharing a bedroom? Hideous torture? Unfair and wrong? Great idea? I’m so excited to be on Momtastic for the very first time with an article about the reasons I’m making my boys share a bedroom and making the girls share a room, and I’m firmly rooted in my beliefs on this… at least at their current ages. I’ve already seen my kids develop skills that I didn’t have at their ages because I never shared a bedroom until college. Read about the reasons I have for insisting that my kids share a bedroom with a sibling. Come over to the Herd Management Facebook Page and let me know what you think! We’re always up for a lively discussion over there.

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Kids and Gun Safety on Marie Claire

Marie Claire just published a piece about Kids and Gun Safety I was initially hesitant to write, fearing social media fallout from those who disagree with my position. I’m very glad that I wrote it though, because very few articles are published in mainstream magazines that align with my beliefs on gun ownership and usage. The title that the editors assigned my piece, “Why I’m Glad My Kids Shoot Guns… For Their Sake and Everyone Else’s”, smacks of clickbait and sensationalism, but I understand the necessity of using clikable headlines for traffic. As part of a series that Marie Claire is running, called Women and Guns, my piece discussing the benefits of kids learning gun safety and handling sits in contrast to the more plentiful anti-gun ownership essays, and I’m fine with that. We are all entitled to our opinions but can remain respectful in discussing them, and I feel like I have done that here. Give Kids and Gun Safety a read and let me know your thoughts over at the Herd Management Facebook page. If you hunt how are you introducing your children to guns? If you’re anti-gun ownership, what methods are you using to prepare your kids…

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Sanity-Saving RoadTrip Games

Roadtrip games are a valuable tool anytime you’re transporting kids from place to place. It’s almost time for Spring Break, which means family vacations, which means kids will be trapped in the car for hours while you drive from Point A to Point B. This is also the time of year when Spring Sports like baseball and softball keep many families like ours in the road with endless practices and games. My kids are pretty well-behaved (sometimes) but there’s only so much drama-free, pleasant riding time that they can muster, and a distraction becomes necessary. WAY necessary. I don’t always have DVD players and books at the ready, so it’s a great idea to know of a few “prop-free” games to put into play when things get hostile in the car. Here’s a great list of games that we love and have had good luck turning a hellish car-situation into a tolerable one: Sanity-Saving RoadTrip Games Did I miss any good ones that you love? Let me know on the Herd Management Facebook page! You might save my life when my games have lost their luster.

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