Marbles Our summer has been wonderful so far.

Day after day of meeting with friends and just playing.

Because we homeschool I always feel like summer is a huge break for us.

I have to admit I miss the structure of our school days though.

With less structure comes more fighting and whining.

I have just felt like I have been punishing, reprimanding and redirecting WAY too much this summer.

As I was talking to my oldest boy last night ( he was in tears and then I was in tears) he was telling me that he was feeling like he couldn't do anything right.

I was so heartbroken to hear this.

He is such an amazing boy.  To think for a moment that he felt like he wasn't good enough or that he was always making mistakes was so eye opening. 

I am the oldest child in my family.  I know that more is expected of the oldest and it is not always fair.

I wanted to try something new.

I want to reward the positive instead of always pointing out the negative.

We are going to try a marble in a jar for each of the children for every good and helpful act.



Artist Shari Brann

When their jar is full we will do something special… just the two of us (or with daddy).

I will let you guys know how it works. 

I want my children to have discipline and direction. 

 I just don't want to break the spirit in them that makes them unique and special.