Jul 282014

Listening to God’s Will as a Parent by Rebecca Reid {Parenting and Faith} | Alldonemonkey.com

Spiritual education is a keystone of how I am raising my sons, and I am always inspired to hear how other parents are working to raise their children along a spiritual path. In the series Parenting and Faith I feature posts from bloggers discussing how their religion or philosophy influences their parenting. I am so pleased to share today’s post on listening to God’s Will as a parent, from Rebecca Reid of Line upon Line Learning.

When Leanna asked how our faith influences our parenting, I could not help but recognize that my own understanding of my role as a mother came as a direct result of my faith.

I am not naturally a patient person. When my son entered the difficult toddler age, I found myself at my wits end most days. My husband frequently traveled, and my son stopped napping, so I felt there was never a respite from motherhood!

I could not wait for him to go off to school so I would not be frustrated all day long.

But my perspective changed when he was four. This was when I was guided in a completely different direction as a mother. I let myself listen to God’s will.

When we realized that Raisin would miss the cutoff for Kindergarten and yet he already showed reading readiness, I found myself thinking frequently, I should homeschool him.

Despite my husband’s agreement with this idea, time and again, I discounted it. How on earth could I do that?! I am not a patient person. I am not good at keeping him around me all the time: how could I keep calm with him always underfoot!

In the Doctrine and Covenants (one of the standard works of scripture for those of my faith), the Lord clarified how He would help us know what to do:

I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart. (section 8:2)

I took a little encouraging over the course of many months. I studied out the reasons in my mind. But mostly I let the Spirit settle on my heart. I turned my selfishness into a desire to do what God wanted me to do.

Finally, I knew, in both my mind and heart, that this was my calling: for whatever reason, my son needed me to be his teacher. I needed to keep him home and teach him.

We’ve finished two full years and are planning the third. Some of my worries have come true. I do not get many days child-free. I am still not a patient person. And homeschooling is a lot of work! It would be easier to send my son to second grade this year than to plan and carry out homeschooling for him for 180 days with a toddler underfoot.

Homeschooling support groups, co-ops, and gym classes have eased the pressure and given me confidence. Most importantly, I have the promise from God that because I’ve done what He asked me to do, it will be okay, even when I don’t understand it.

In Isaiah 55:8, the Lord asks Isaiah to listen to his words. He explains:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

In subsequent verses the Lord adds the following promises:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (emphasis added)

I do not always understand why I was called to homeschool and others of my faith and situation have not been. I will be the first to tell you that not everyone needs to homeschool. Certainly, not everyone wants to! (Trust me, I was one of them!)

And yet, by keeping my son home with me, I have felt the joy and peace as promised in Isaiah.

My kids and I are close. Raisin is learning more than he would be in a school situation. We get extra time to discuss religious and moral issues and read scriptures together. My kids get additional playtime together compared to what they would get if Raisin were in public schools.

Most importantly, I have learned to be more patient. I have learned how my son learns. I have learned to balance my responsibilities. I have become more involved as a mother.

My faith has grown.

I understand now, more than ever before, that my role as a mother is the most important one I will ever have. Although homeschooling was not originally in my plans, God’s ways have proven to be better than I could have imagined.


Rebecca ReidRebecca Reid is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to two (ages 6 and 2). She blogs about their education journey and shares educational printables, games, and ideas at Line upon Line Learning.





Parenting and Faith on Alldonemonkey.com

In the series Parenting and Faith bloggers share how faith influences their parenting. You can find all the posts in this series on the main page as well as the Parenting and Faith Pinterest board.

Jul 272014

My First Fast: A Baha'i Perspective | #InterfaithRamadan

Lost in the noise of media hype and extremists of every stripe is the undeniable fact that there are many commonalities among the religions of the world.  In recognition of this truth, my friend Sarah from Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy has created a wonderful Interfaith Ramadan series, as a way to bring together people of faith, despite our differences.

I am proud to be a part of such an amazing endeavor with this essay on when I first participated in the Bahá’í Fast as a teenager.  Be prepared for some teenage melodrama mixed in with a touch of enlightenment:

My First Fast: A Bahá’í Perspective | Interfaith Ramadan

Jul 252014

Back to School: Top Ten Ways to Support Teachers | Alldonemonkey.com

Thank you to Great Clips for sponsoring this post; however, all opinions (and love for teachers!) are my own.

Did you know that, on average, teachers spend $1,000 of their own money on supplies for their classroom?

That’s right, chronically underpaid teachers must spend their own money just to make sure their students have the resources they need to learn. Theresa, a former teacher, writes that each year she had to spend “hundreds of dollars, especially to get my classroom set up in the first two years.”

How can we as parents and community members help change this situation?

Back to School: Top Ten Ways to Support Teachers

1. Start a Supplies Drive

It’s as simple as setting up a donation box at your church or community center.  Easy to do, and everyone loves to support their teachers!  Remember that gift cards also make a great gift.

2. Take Advantage of Sales

This time of year there are great sales on school supplies, so pick up a few extra sets of whatever your child needs.  Every bit counts!

3. Do a Community Fundraiser

My local mother’s group does a big fundraiser every year for their Halloween party, and one year the designated charity was a local school.  They contacted the teachers and asked for wishlists then had the happy task of delivering personalized supply baskets to each classroom.

4. Get Creative with Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Many parents have the tradition of giving back-to-school or teacher appreciation gifts.  Why not donate supplies, a gift that will be appreciated by any teacher!  I love these creative School Supply Cakes!  And look at these wonderful Teacher School Supply Boxes from Educators’ Spin On It!

5. Help Create a Virtual “Wishlist”

Stephanie of InCultureParent shares a creative solution at her daughters’ school: “As a parent, I am always happy to support any request my kids’ teachers send home for needed supplies. The fact that teachers have to use their own money to make up for insufficient school budgets on top of insufficient salaries (teaching our future generation should be one of the highest paid professions in my opinion!) is just unacceptable. At the end of last year my daughter’s first grade teacher requested donations in a different way than before, which I thought was a great model. She used an online site and made her wish list there, which consisted of an ipad for her classroom to use for math games. My family was happy to help out a lot to purchase one. I loved this idea as the link could easily be shared with out of state grandparents and others who may want to support public schools!”  Brilliant!  Teachers get just what they need, and everyone – even extended family and friends – gets to participate.

6. Spread the Word

In her wonderful piece on supporting teachers, Jennifer of The Good Long Road writes of the importance of helping to publicize existing donation drives.  Let others know about campaigns to support our schools and how they can donate!

7. Volunteer in the Classroom

Jennifer also makes the point that time is also in short supply at local schools.  Budget cuts means most schools are understaffed, so consider helping out in the classroom or with activities like field trips.  Spending time at your school will not only lend an extra set of hands, it will also help you stay in tune with teachers’ goals and needs.

8. Be a Mentor

Overworked teachers at understaffed schools often don’t have the time to give as much individual attention to students as they would like.  Consider volunteering as a mentor to students who might be struggling or who need a little extra guidance.  When I was in high school, the local school district had a program that connected volunteers with students who were the first from their families to apply for college.  That extra help and encouragement meant the world to them and helped them realize their potential.

9. Keep Up the Support Year-Round

Don’t forget that teachers need our support all year long!  Keep in touch with your local school throughout the year to see if there are any particular needs.  It can be a real help to do a donate drive in the early spring, when teachers may have exhausted many of the supplies from the start of the year.

10. Support the #GreatList Campaign – and You May Win School Supplies, Too!

This fall Great Clips has teamed up with Adopt A Classroom to help deserving teachers while also addressing the back to school needs of families.  Visit the #GreatList page to see how Great Clips has already fulfilled two teachers’ lists!

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How can you help?  Visit #GreatList page to download a free app that will also save you time!  The Online Check-In app lets you add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon. It’s not an appointment – what it does is let you add your name to the list before arriving at the salon to help save you time.  By downloading this simple timesaver, you can help teachers and students!  With every download, Great Clips will contribute to Adopt A Classroom (up to $20,000) to help continue to support teachers and students throughout the US and Canada.

Not only that, until 9/5/14, if you upload your own back-to-school supplies list you could win, too!  Every day, one randomly chosen winner will get their school supplies bought and shipped to their front door for free (up to $100 value). Visit the #GreatList page to enter today!

If you haven’t ever visited Great Clips before, now is a great time to try!  Many Great Clips salons are offering back-to-school pricing for haircuts, plus if you enter the #GreatList contest, you will receive a $2-off Great Clips coupon!  (One coupon per customer).

So this back-to-school season, help support teachers in all of their hard work – and save yourself some time and money, too ;)

How do you support your local teachers?

Jul 242014

Strudel: Hungarian Treat {Around the World in 12 Dishes} | Alldonemonkey.com

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It’s time again for my monthly post for “Around the World in 12 Dishes,” the series in which each month participating bloggers travel the world with their kids by cooking a dish from another country and perhaps reading a book, doing a craft, or learning fun facts about it.

Strudel: Hungarian Treat {Around the World in 12 Dishes} | Alldonemonkey.com

This month we travel to Hungary, with a dish that reflects a point often lost to those of us across the pond: The histories and cultures of European countries are closely intertwined, and the boundaries we have today are ever fluid and changing, especially when you look back at the region’s long history of empires and conquests.

Strudel: Hungarian Treat {Around the World in 12 Dishes} | Alldonemonkey.com

Strudel is the perfect lens into this long, tangled history.  Most strudel is made with phyllo dough, also used in, you guessed it, Turkish and Greek cooking.  It is believed that we have the Ottomans to thank for introducing phyllo dough (and thus strudel) into Europe.  Many European countries were previously under Ottoman rule, and even those that weren’t were heavily influenced by this sprawling empire.  Vienna, where strudel is thought to have originated, was the last elusive European prize, nearly conquered by the Ottomans in what would have been their furthest incursion into the continent.

While they did not succeed in their military conquest, their culture influence was long felt.  One remnant of this is strudel, now Austria’s national dish.  With the new phyllo dough in hand, and influenced by Turkish cooking, Viennese cooks invented the strudel, whose name is German for whirlpool, a fairly accurate description of what the cross-section of a strudel looks like.

Strudel: Hungarian Treat {Around the World in 12 Dishes} | Alldonemonkey.com

But wait!  I hear you saying.  Aren’t we supposed to be learning about Hungary?  Why are you so focused on Austria?

Some of you may remember from history class a little something called the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Oh yeah!  So even though Hungary and Austria are now separate countries, the culture connections have a very long history.

Strudel: Hungarian Treat {Around the World in 12 Dishes} | Alldonemonkey.comFor the first two I used butter; for the bottom one I used coconut oil.  Although they looked different before going into the oven, we couldn’t see or taste a difference once they were cooked.

And so we circle back to the strudel.  While the Austrian version may be better known, strudel is also a popular traditional dish in Hungary.  We found a recipe in this wonderful children’s book, A Song For Lena.  At the center of the story is strudel, a dish Lena loves to watch her grandmother make.

One day Lena asks her grandmother why she always sings the same haunting melody whenever she makes strudel, and so the grandmother shares a story of her childhood in the old country, Hungary.  Times were hard, and strudel was the poor family’s only treat after a long, difficult harvest on their apple orchard.  It also become a gift they shared with an old beggar who came to their home; the beggar, in return, shared his beautiful music.  This exchange became the basis for a long friendship between the family and the beggar, until one fall he did not return, and only the song remained.

Strudel: Hungarian Treat {Around the World in 12 Dishes} | Alldonemonkey.com

This is such a sweet book, all about family, traditions, and helping others.  I love the lesson of how everyone has something to share, no matter how miserable their state may appear.

At the back of the book is a recipe for strudel.  I cannot attest to how authentic is it; I suspect that it has been simplified quite a bit since it is intended for children to make.  For example, in the book Lena’s grandmother makes the dough herself, while the recipe uses store bought phyllo dough – not that I mind!

Strudel: Hungarian Treat {Around the World in 12 Dishes} | Alldonemonkey.com

Either way, we really enjoyed making – and eating! – this delicious strudel, and learning a bit more about Hungary and its long history.


Around the World in 12 DishesCheck out the other participating blogs to see what they have been cooking up:

Adventures In Mommydom, Afterschool for Smarty Pants, All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share, Maroc Mama, Creative World of Varya, Glittering Muffins, Kid World Citizen, Mermaids’ Makings, The Educators’ Spin On It and The Mommy Talks.

If you try a dish from Hungary, we’d love to hear about it! And don’t forget to download this month’s placemat and passport! You can also link up your dish or craft here to share your post on all the participating blogs:

Jul 212014
Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #18 - Alldonemonkey.com
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Here are my picks from our last blog hop:

the piri-piri lexicon - Portuguese chorizo bread

I love this Portuguese chorizo bread from the piri-piri lexicon, part of the MKB World Cup for Kids project.  (And you have to check out the cute baby picture!)

DTWTMSE - Road Trip Busy Boxes

What road trip wouldn’t be better with these creative busy boxes from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes?

Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

Jul 212014

Places to Visit with Kids in California: Fairy Tale Town, Sacramento {Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014} | Alldonemonkey.com

This post is part of the Second Annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop.  This year we are focusing on great places to visit in California with kids!  Be sure to link up your family-friendly California posts below, and visit my post on Native California from last year’s blog hop!

Fairy Tale Town has been a favorite destination for families in Sacramento for generations.  Opened in 1959, it was one of a wave of storybook parks that opened around the United States during the 1950s and 60s, thanks in large part to the success of Disneyland.  Yet Fairy Tale Town is one of the few still in operation today.

Places to Visit with Kids in California: Fairy Tale Town, Sacramento {Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014} | Alldonemonkey.comClimbing up the beanstalk

It is truly a magical place, where fairy tales and nursery rhymes come to life.  Kids can slide down the beanstalk, climb up to Owl’s house in the 1000 Acre Wood, swing on the jungle gym in Sherwood Forest, and stop to pet the animals at Farmer Brown’s Barn.

Places to Visit with Kids in California: Fairy Tale Town, Sacramento {Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014} | Alldonemonkey.comEven the bathroom breaks are fun!

There are 25 playsets in Fairy Tale Town, each based on a different childhood tale.  In addition there are farm animals, two performing arts stages, and several gardens.

Places to Visit with Kids in California: Fairy Tale Town, Sacramento {Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014} | Alldonemonkey.com

Since many of the features were built in the 1950s, there is a lot of concrete, but everything is very well maintained and safe for young visitors.  In fact, there are only a few features (several of the high slides) that are not appropriate for very little ones. While older kids will find much to enjoy here, you will also see lots of toddlers moseying around the park.

On a recent visit, my preschooler and my toddler both enjoyed themselves immensely.  The little one loved playing in the bright, colorful play areas just his size.  My older son enjoyed it on a different level now that he is familiar with the stories on which the play areas are based.  We spent an entire morning here and could have easily stayed longer.

Places to Visit with Kids in California: Fairy Tale Town, Sacramento {Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014} | Alldonemonkey.com

In addition to all the fun attractions available on an everyday basis, there are also performances, special events, and summer camps.  There is a cafe (the Dish and Spoon) plus plenty of picnic tables if you prefer to bring your own food.

If you visit during the summer, I suggest visiting in the morning to avoid the heat.  Thankfully, though, even in the afternoons there is plenty of shade from the many trees in the park.

Places to Visit with Kids in California: Fairy Tale Town, Sacramento {Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014} | Alldonemonkey.com

I highly recommend Fairy Tale Town as part of your California Staycation!  It is a whimsical, magical place that you and your kiddos will enjoy.  Afterwards you can head next door to beautiful William Land Park or just across the street to visit the Sacramento Zoo!  (Combined tickets are available for Fairy Tale Town and the zoo).

Are you taking a staycation this summer?


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Places to Visit with Kids in California:

Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014

Summer is a great time to explore with your kids – and you don’t have to travel far to do it! California has so much to offer to families. Take a great staycation this summer by visiting your local treasures! In our second annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop, we are focusing on our favorite places to visit with kids in California. Enjoy! And be sure to add your own family-friendly California posts in our linky at the bottom. You can also check out even more California posts on our collaborative Kid Friendly California Pinterest board!

Participating Blogs:

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And now it’s time to see what everyone has been up to:

Jul 172014

ArteKids: Bilingual Books about Art for Kids | Alldonemonkey.com

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary copies of these books for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.

If you are a multi-tasking parent like me, you will love ArteKids books!

Teach basic concepts like numbers and shapes?  Check.

Teach English and Spanish?  Check.

Expose to great works of art?  Check.

Introduce to Latin American culture, ancient and modern?  Check.

Have FUN?  Check!

ArteKids: Bilingual Books about Art for Kids | Alldonemonkey.com

Baby Monkey loves ArteKids books and requests one to read every night at bedtime.  I think children are naturally drawn to great works of art, especially the colorful pieces included in these books.  They are not the typical, somewhat stuffy pieces you might expect, but rather they are fun, colorful pieces from the San Antonio Museum of Art.  Definitely not the usual suspects!  What kid wouldn’t want to learn about shapes from an ancient Aztec statue or a colorful toy animal from Oaxaca?

ArteKids: Bilingual Books about Art for Kids | Alldonemonkey.com

For adults and older kids, you can learn more about all of the artists in a guide at the back of each book.

These bilingual books are an instant classic – a wonderful way to introduce children to both the world of language and the world of art!

Jul 142014

This play idea is brought to you by Knoala – Raise Happier Kids.  Knoala is a free app that offers activities for parents to enjoy with infants to preschoolers.

Preschooler Science: Check the Scale {Sponsored by Knoala} | Alldonemonkey.com

Monkey loves science and is always full of questions about, well, everything!  He wants to know how everything works, from light switches to eyeballs to Venus fly traps.  I want to feed his curiosity, but between trying to run a household and watch after two small children, I often don’t have the time to for elaborate experiments.  That’s why I love this simple preschooler science activity – easy to set up but a great learning tool for preschoolers!

Preschooler Science: Check the Scale {Sponsored by Knoala} | Alldonemonkey.com

For this easy science activity, all you need is a bathroom scale and a healthy dose of preschooler curiosity.  Using ordinary objects around the house, they get to create a hypothesis (“Which weighs more?”), test it by using the scale, and put the results into practice by arranging the objects from lightest to heaviest.  Genius!  Besides learning about the concept of weight and how scales work, this activity also encourages young children to begin to answer their own questions, rather than just depending on a grownup to tell them how things work.  After all, isn’t that the real end goal for us as parents?

Get the FULL play prompt instructions here:

knoala-activityI love that the Knoala app is designed for busy parents who still want to engage their children and give them a developmental boost.  The activities are simple yet profound.  They don’t require an elaborate set up or extensive planning, yet they are targeted towards important developmental stages.  Knoala makes it easy to be a super hero for your kids!

P.S. If you liked this activity prompt, be sure to check out the app for yourself!

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Jul 112014

Character Building Class: Teaching Kids to Choose Love - Alldonemonkey on Creative World of Varya

I am so happy today to be sharing over at Creative World of Varya.  Varya is one of my dearest friends and bloggy buddies, and she is now enjoying some extra snuggle time with her new baby boy.  So I am sharing one of the lessons from our weekly character building class for preschoolers: teaching kids to choose love.  Stop by to check it out!

Teaching Kids to Choose Love

Jul 102014

The Soccer Fence: A Story of Breaking Down Barriers in South Africa - Alldonemonkey.com

Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy of The Soccer Fence for this book review; however, all opinions are my own.

As the World Cup draws to a close, it is worth remembering that the game has reverberations off the field as well as on.  Kids around the world grow up playing football (soccer) on well-kept pitches, in dusty alleys, and on muddy fields.  They cheer on their heroes, celebrating every kick and goal.

So what does it mean to someone born into apartheid in South Africa to later watch a newly integrated team win the African Cup of Nations?

Phil Bildner’s The Soccer Fence brilliantly captures the juxtaposition of two worlds in apartheid South Africa through the eyes of his main character, Hector, a boy who grows up playing soccer in an alley in a black township.  Each time he goes with his mother to her housekeeping job in a white neighborhood, Hector yearns to play on the grassy pitch with the little boys he sees there, but they always ignore him.

Years later, after the breakdown of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Hector watches as the national soccer team – now made up of both black and white players – wins the African Cup of Nations.  He is not the only one deeply moved by the victory, and the example of the integrated team has ripple effects into his own life.

This beautifully illustrated book can be read on several levels.  At the most basic, it is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the idea of fair play and inclusion, but it can also be a great way to begin to discuss the history of apartheid in terms they can understand.

I highly recommended The Soccer FenceIt is primarily for school age children, though my preschooler also enjoyed it.

World Cup for Kids - Multicultural Kid BlogsFor more resources for kids about soccer, check out the World Cup for Kids project, plus follow our World Cup for Kids board on Pinterest, and join the conversation on Facebook and Google Plus!