Parenting Tip Thursday (No. 9)


Hey guys! I’ve finally made a return to my parenting tip posts. School was getting overwhelming at the end and a reoccurring post was stressing me out. :) So I am back to get these puppies finished. I have learned so much from this series that I want to continue sharing it with everyone reading!
Today is going to be about Correction and Accountability.
You need to speak with authority, nut not as a dictator. Remind your children that you are here for them to succeed. Gird them up so they can be their best!
There are four main words that we need to use to communication for correction and accountability. They are obey, self-control, honor, and patience. (These words are found in the Bible, a lot.)
1. Obey
Remind them to obey immediately before doing anything else. Look them in the eye and say “obey!” When they want to squabble with you, look them in the eye and say “obey!”
2. Self-Control
Do not let your kids scream to get their way. They need to learn self-control and this is where it starts. You should do this the same way you did with obey. Look them in the eye an say “self-control!” Don’t let kids scream their guts out getting attention (especially in public). When we respond to their hysterics and their drama, they know how to gain your attention. They know how to push your buttons. This is manipulation. And, guess what? They will use that in high school, college, and even as an adult.
3. Honor
Instead of them saying: “I’m sorry for calling you a baby.” or “I’m sorry for calling you stupid.” or “I’m sorry for saying that you’re dumb.” Have them say: “I’m sorry. Please forgive me for not honoring you.”
4. Patience
Now there’s always going to be a 2-year-old or even a 16-year-old that wants to interrupt you when you’re talking to someone else. They’ve got an urgent scene or they have to do something right now. This is when you ask, “Can you be patient?” I’ve been trying to get Tryp to put his hand on my arm and to keep his hand there and that lets me know that he needs to tell me something when I’m engaged in a conversation with someone else. When I get a moment I can address him and then tell him what a wonderful job he did at being patient. Like I said, we are working on this. But if they come to interrupt, you should say, “You’re interrupting. Try again.” Then take their hand and put it on your arm and say, “Put your hand here, okay, and wait patiently.”

Come back next week for Disciplining Your Children. :)

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An update…


I have been a little MIA lately and it’s because life has taken over and left very little time to jot things down a.k.a. blog.

What’s been going on lately?

-School has officially come to a close as of yesterday at 12 PM. I am finished with my second year of teaching. I hope those fourth graders learned something from me! :)

-Hank’s job is talking about going to rotating shifts. You may not be familiar with that phrase but basically it means that they may switch shifts as frequently as 3 months, 5 months, or even 3 years. We don’t know exactly what is going to happen yet but I just know that it’s going to drive this planner/scheduler INSANE. :)

-Hank has made TONS of homemade baby food in some really fun flavors and he was even awesome enough to take pictures so I’ll have to work on getting those posted to the blog! Love him!

-Mother’s Day was a hit. My sweet husband and kiddos got me two new pairs of workout shorts for Crossfit and a gift certificate to get a pedicure. I will be going to do that next week! I am so blessed to have two precious babies.

-The big news that I’ve been wanting to share but was not able to is that I’m NOT pregnant but that I got a teaching job in Arkansas! I am beyond happy about this because it’s 20 minutes from my house. It’s in Bentonville at a school with a nontraditional calendar (also known as a year round school). Yes, they still get a short summer break. I will be teaching 3rd grade! This is such a huge blessing for our family and we are grateful for it!

-Next week I’ll be heading to L.A. to meet some more Shaklee girls. (Erin, Jennifer, and Allison)

-My very sweet friend, Elaina, is about to have her second baby in July and I’m hosting her baby shower tomorrow. So I’ve been preparing lots of things for that, which I will hopefully find time to post pictures of! (Summer break=more time)

-My Parenting Tip Thursday posts will be returning again next week but if you are dying to learn more you can get the home study program here. I promise this information won’t let you down!

-I love doing blog design on the side. It’s one of my million hobbies but I love doing digital things on the computer. Check out my latest design: Healthy Branscoms. Yes, you may have noticed that I changed my design too. It may change again soon. I’m not completely happy with it so I’m going to keep messing around with it. Bear (or is it bare?) with me! 


Well that’s pretty much all of the update I can give. My memory is pretty much shot. Why didn’t someone tell me that happens after you have kids?

Happy 10 Months Audrey!


Oh Audrey girl…you have made great gains this month! You are so precious and I know I say this all the time but we LOVE watching you grow. You have two precious bottom teeth and love to show them off…10MonthsAudrey

You weigh at least 19 pounds but I don’t have your latest stats. You eat…ALL THE TIME. We are buying 2 cans of formula a week. For each meal you are consuming several cubes of veggies AND fruit. You take 4-6 oz. bottles regularly and we do not see a sippy cup in your future. Daddy tried one a week ago and you weren’t sure of it. No worries. I won’t have a two year old with a bottle. :) hehehe You are wearing 12 month clothes now and it doesn’t seem like you will ever be in the right size now. You are a chunker!IMG_8863c

In other news, you have two top teeth that are trying to make their appearance and you can clearly see them in the picture below. Your gums are swollen and white and the teeth are SO close! We have been losing sleep around here because of these little toofers so we are eager for them to come in. I think one night you were up every two hours but we haven’t had another night like that since so maybe it’s not the teeth?! Who knows. IMG_8867cAudrey, oh sweet Audrey. Your personality is awesome. You are so happy and laid back and going with the flow of life. And not to mention, you have the absolute cutest expressions ever! You like to mock us now…so I’ve had this horrible allergy cough lately and you think it’s funny to fake cough. You are getting so good at walking when holding on to our hands.


You have started sort of crawling. You rock back and forth when on your hands and knees and then you throw yourself forward and get up on your hands and knees again so you are crawling similar to a caterpillar. Which pretty much equates to you being into everything. EVERYTHING. Nothing is safe now.  IMG_8874cIMG_8875c

Then of course when I tell you no (not to get into that), you look at me like this…IMG_8878cYou are precious Audrey and we love everything about you. I’m scared to think that in just two short months you will be a year old. A whole year. Stop the clock. We Love you princess. (Even though is pretty clear that you love daddy more than mommy but I’m not jealous or anything!)IMG_8889c



My computer crashed last weekend. Ugh.

We have two laptops but I’m just not used to ::this:: one.

So anyway, I have been MIA for two whole weeks.

I can’t believe it! I was blogging at least 3x a week before.

To be honest, it kind of feels nice! Not spending so much time on the computer.

I have so much going on and so many wonderful things to share but NOT yet. :)

We are down to 12 days left of school and it seems like every day there is something going on which makes our schedule crazy.

We have made several new baby food recipes and the hubs has been great about taking pictures! I’ve got him into blogging too! {haha}

So anyway, that’s all I have for tonight but I promise to play catch up soon and continue with the Parenting Tip Thursday posts and update my fabulous readers on the latest news.

Audrey has 2 teeth now! And is ALMOST crawling. She’s a late bloomer. :)

Happy Tuesday y’all!


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