Little Passports Review: Everything You Need to Decide

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Inside: Get an honest Little Passports review from a homeschooling mom of four so you can know whether it will be a good fit for your family!

Our first Little Passports subscription box showed up in the mail two months ago, and the kids were jumping up and down with excitement.

What kid doesn’t love to get not just letters, but ENTIRE BOXES in the mail addressed to them?!

They tore open the box, eager to dive into the activities inside. They examined the shiny blue Little Passports suitcase, flipped through the pages of their new “passport”, and sat down together to start on the written activities inside.

They worked steadily through each activity, happily occupied for a good half hour.

What more can a homeschooling mom ask for?

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Valentine’s Day: Handmade Cards for Kids

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Inside: Skip the identical, boxed card sets this Valentine’s Day! Handmade cards are the perfect way to help kids make Valentine’s Day more meaningful.

I walked into Target yesterday a few days after Christmas, and guess what? Yep, the Valentine’s Day stuff already decked the aisles!

Earlier and earlier they roll these things out. Pretty soon the Christmas stuff will be up before Halloween. We’ve all thought it, and I’m just waiting for the first retailer who dares to cross that invisible October 31 boundary.

But I digress.

As I glanced through the Valentine’s Day card offerings, my eyes fell on box after box of pre-made, cheesy, identical Valentine’s cards. If I sent my children to school, I’d probably be shopping for those. They provide the speed and convenience that busy parents crave.

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A VBAC Delivery: Should You Attempt It and What You Need to Consider (from a mom who’s had 3)

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Inside: If you have had a c-section and want to have more kids, you’re probably asking, “Should I attempt a VBAC delivery?” Get one perspective on VBACs from mom of four kids who has had not just one successful VBAC delivery, but three.

We have four beautiful children. But when our first child’s delivery ended up as an emergency c-section, I asked the same question you may also be asking: “Should I attempt a VBAC delivery?” 

As I sit here typing away with my two-year-old asleep in my arms, I think, “Had it not been for my VBAC delivery more than six years ago, you might never have been born.”

I remember the day I decided with certainty to attempt a VBAC delivery, like it was yesterday.

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How to Help Your Child Change the World (even when it seems impossible)

“Mommy, this sounds kind of crazy…but what if I write to President Trump and ask him to change his mind?”

This wasn’t my idea. It was all hers, my eight-year-old’s, that is.

She’s trying to change the world, to make a difference, but in something that is so huge and political and complicated that I wasn’t really sure how to help her at first.

How do I encourage her and support her when I don’t even call my Congressman about issues I semi-care about?

Because as an adult, I am convinced my call won’t make a difference.

At eight years old, she’s old enough to know that trying to change the mind of someone like the President of the United States (and the Secretary of Homeland Security besides) is a “crazy idea.”

But she’s still young enough, idealistic enough, unjaded enough, to believe that writing a letter to a powerful person just might make a difference.

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16 More Unexpectedly Awesome Books for Young Boys

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Inside: Have a difficult time choosing books for young boys? Grab these books at your local library – our boys loved them and asked to read them over and over again!

It’s time for another installment of “Books for Young Boys”! We’ve finally waded through enough books, sifting through the mediocre ones to bring you some truly awesome books perfect for young boys (and probably girls, too!).

The more library books I choose books for my boys, the more I’m surprised by how you truly cannot judge a book by its cover.

Some book covers make a book seem like an instant hit…only to find that its contents, while well-illustrated, are just so-so. Other covers are lackluster, but inside? A truly memorable story. 

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5 Quick Tips for When Parents Disagree About What to Get Kids for Christmas

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Inside: Agreeing on what to get the kids for Christmas can be tough, especially if you and your spouse have different opinions on what makes a good gift. Use these 5 quick tips to work through it!

My husband and I have very different ideas about what to get the kids for Christmas this year. While we are both pretty frugal, I’m a minimalist, and he is decidedly not a minimalist.

The only thing we’ve agreed on so far are new bikes for all.

Deciding what to get the kids for Christmas kind of reminds me of how choosing names for our boys went down. I’ll throw out idea after idea: he vetoes every single one (without contributing ideas of his own – he just doesn’t like mine).

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How to Have a Simple Christmas with Kids

Inside: Are you longing for a slow, simple Christmas with your kids? Get 6 tips to simplify your Christmas traditions, so you can actually enjoy the Christmas season (instead of collapse at the end)!

I remember vividly the day I sat in a circle with a big group of moms discussing the importance of creating traditions for your kids, starting when they are little. As the holiday with the most traditions, Christmas was the central topic of discussion, a discussion that led far, far away from the slow, simple Christmas I craved.

I remember it so well because of the crushing pressure I felt.

What everyone in the room seemed to be saying was, “More, more, more! Without a million Christmas traditions, your kids will be ruined for life!”

When your kids are small and you are barely treading water as a mom, the last thing you need is additional expectations and pressure, especially during Christmas.

And it’s not just you that needs slow and simple: your kids need simple, too.

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100 Things to Do in the Fall with Your Kids (to make SURE they love it!)

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Inside: The ultimate list of things to do in the fall with kids. Bake, read, play, learn, create, decorate and more!

I’m from New England. At least, that’s where I spent the majority of my adult life. When I first set foot on my college campus fourteen years ago, I had no idea that part of living in Boston would mean falling head over heels in love with fall!

It’s almost like a religion.

In New England, people love fall almost as much as Christmas (o.k., maybe as much?). September 1st rolls around, and the scarves, boots, and vests come out – regardless of the temperature. We count down the days until the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks, and if you haven’t gone apple picking you haven’t lived!

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Timeless Christmas Gifts for Kids Under 8 Years Old

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Inside: Wondering what to get kids for Christmas? These are quality gift ideas from a minimalist mom of 4 who knows what presents will actually last.

Christmas is coming! Unfortunately, Target and Walmart and all the rest remind us of this fact earlier and earlier every year. I don’t know about you, but when I see LEGO advent calendars in the toy aisle on October 1st, I want to stop and throw up right there.

It makes we want to forgo thinking about what to get kids for Christmas until at least Thanksgiving in protest!

But that probably isn’t the wise thing to do…holiday shopping in December is pure insanity.

Whether we like it or not, Christmas is shoved in our faces everywhere we go, and that means it’s time to suck it up and join the ranks of people who have gift ideas on the brain.

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Spanish Lessons for Kids from the Comfort of Home

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Inside: How to give your child a second language with online Spanish lessons (no travel required)!

I love the idea of my kids learning another language. Except it’s been just that – a nice idea.

Oh, we’ve tried several free online language learning programs. They provide basic exposure, and my kids do retain some of what they’ve learned.

But nothing can compare to having a fluent and/or native speaker to talk with. Native and fluent speakers confirm when your accent is off, when you’re mispronouncing a word, when you’re using a phrase incorrectly (even though it might technically be correct).

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