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LOVE! Great list of awesome romantic movies to share with your husband or wife! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, at home date nights or any time you want to watch a romantic movie with your spouse! Are your favorites here too?

54 Romantic Movies to Share with Your Spouse

Planning an at-home date night? Or maybe you just want to watch a romantic movie with your spouse?

Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just because it’s been a while since you and your husband have spent time alone together, dinner and a movie (from the comfort of your couch!) are a fun way to spend an evening.

But maybe you’re burnt out on the same old movies and you’re looking for something fresh and new (or to rediscover a romantic movie you haven’t seen for a while).

I totally get it, and that’s why I’m here to help!

Here are 54 of our favorite romantic movies. We’ve watched many of these over and over and hope you enjoy them too!LOVE! Great list of awesome romantic movies to share with your husband or wife! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, at home date nights or any time you want to watch a romantic movie with your spouse! Are your favorites here too?

My Disclaimer…

P.S. There’s a wide range of movies represented here (everything from classics to musicals to rom-coms), and each family has their own standard for what is and is not appropriate to watch.

Although these movies are fairly clean, they are still intended for adult viewing (and not kids). Some movies may have content you could potentially find questionable (such as Titanic, Jerry Maguire, 50 First Dates, The Holiday, Top Gun, The Wedding Singer, When Harry Met Sally, Moulin Rouge, or others).

If you aren’t familiar with a particular movie title, please learn more about it before you watch it. You may look at these titles and decide that they’re outside the boundaries of what you’d deem appropriate; or perhaps you plan to skip through certain scenes (like we do); or perhaps it’s no big deal to you at all.

Either way, please don’t send me hate mail regarding the movie selections here since it’s impossible to choose a list of movies that every couple would deem appropriate. 🙂 Thank you. 🙂

54 Romantic Movies for At-Home Dates

Here are our favorite romantic movies (not in any particular order).

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Enjoy!
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About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Oh my gosh... YES! Finally a great way to organize kids school papers once and for all-- from their toddler years through twelfth grade! What a great keepsake to pass on to your kids too! You'll be doing a happy dance after reading this!

How to Organize Your Kids School Papers (for Good!)

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Do you have stacks of adorable kids artwork piling up everywhere?

You know, stacks of priceless treasures from your kids that you want to keep (but have no idea what to do with)?!

What if I told you that you could get rid of those stacks (and all the guilt that goes with them) forever?

What if I could show you a way to neatly and easy keep kids school papers organized now (without the crazy piles) and preserved for years to come (in one central place)?

Hundreds of moms love this method for organizing kids school papers… and I know you’re going to love it too!

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Oh my gosh... YES! Finally a great way to organize kids school papers once and for all-- from their toddler years through twelfth grade! What a great keepsake to pass on to your kids too! Hundreds of moms are loving this amazing method to organize school papers... and you'll be doing a happy dance once you start using this method too!

Oh my gosh... YES! Finally a great way to organize kids school papers once and for all-- from their toddler years through twelfth grade! What a great keepsake to pass on to your kids too! You'll be doing a happy dance after reading this!

This simple system–known as the My Memory Box: Kids School Paper Organizing System–is easy to set up and basically runs itself once it’s in place.

Why is the My Memory Box system so effective?

  • One easily organized, central location for ALL your children’s artwork
  • One file folder for each child’s school year from Toddler to 12th grade
  • Record fun facts about your child at that age (favorite book, activities, friends–even their signature!) on the front of each year’s folderCLOSE-UP-OF-TAG
  • Easily store small memorabilia (awards, ribbons, memory books) all in one place with artwork and papers
  • Papers are organized as they come into your house (no more piles!)
  • No big pile of papers to sort at the end of the year!
  • No more losing awards, artwork or other special papers
  • Create a customized precious keepsake for your child’s entire school experience
  • Once it’s assembled, it’s done! No need to make a new binder or scrapbook each year! Easy peasy!

And the best part? I’ve done all the work for you!

Ok… well… most of the work. 🙂 All that’s left for you to do is to download the printable, print off the papers, and cut and assemble.

Ready to get started?

Here’s where you can purchase and download your My Memory Box files.

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Still not sure? No worries… let me tell you more about how it works (and how I–and hundreds of other moms like you–now have freedom from the paper stacks and the guilt)!

Oh my gosh... YES! Finally a great way to organize kids school papers once and for all-- from their toddler years through twelfth grade! What a great keepsake to pass on to your kids too! You'll be doing a happy dance after reading this!
Oh my gosh... YES! Finally a great way to organize kids school papers once and for all-- from their toddler years through twelfth grade! What a great keepsake to pass on to your kids too! You'll be doing a happy dance after reading this!

My Story About My Paper Stack (I Know You Can Relate!)

Just so you know I’ve been there, I have to share my story.

For months a mounting pile of papers (which I’d dubbed “The Stack”) had not only taken over part of my schoolroom desk, but had spread across the floor.

The worst part about The Stack wasn’t the mess itself. Oh no.

The part I hated about him the most? The Stack mocked me. 

The Stack reminded me of all the cute adorable papers sitting there (papers from my kids that I placed there).

He reminded me that those papers were priceless and that I should be doing something with them (oooh… mom guilt!).


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And THEN, he laughed at me because he knew that I had no idea what to do with them all.

(Mom guilt and guilt from being unorganized! He was relentless!)

But one day, I took a long look at him and realized that, really, all I needed was one great plan to kick him out of our home for good.

And that plan became the method I’m sharing about here–the highly popular My Memory Box: Kids School Paper Organizing System!

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I want you to see for yourself the power of the “My Memory Box” plan that finally brought order to the school paper chaos!

Get a sneak peek of what “My Memory Box” looks like inside! Just click next!

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Whining, up-all-night feedings, lingering illnesses, ongoing discipline issues, endless homework, and all that time in the car: Everyday motherhood is downright relentless. How can we deal with the hectic, perpetual pace of raising kids and running a home? Here are 4 things I've learned on how to manage motherhood's relentless pace. There is HOPE!

4 Ways to Cope When Motherhood Feels Relentless

Being a mom is wonderful, right?!

It’s just the everyday mothering tasks that, if we’re not careful, can slowly eat us alive.

Whining, up-all-night feedings, lingering illnesses, ongoing discipline issues, endless homework, and all that time in the car: Everyday motherhood is downright relentless.

How can we deal with the hectic, perpetual pace of raising kids and running a home?

Here are 4 things I’ve learned on how to manage motherhood’s relentless pace.

Whining, up-all-night feedings, lingering illnesses, ongoing discipline issues, endless homework, and all that time in the car: Everyday motherhood is downright relentless. How can we deal with the hectic, perpetual pace of raising kids and running a home? Here are 4 things I've learned on how to manage motherhood's relentless pace. There is HOPE!

Tip #1: Have a Stopping Point.

True, we can’t ever completely take off our mothering hat (unless we magically get transported to a desert island for six weeks or something) but it’s critical that we build in breaks and boundaries.

Establish regular times (and yes, you have to schedule it) where you are not feeding, wiping, carrying, or otherwise taking care of a little person’s needs.

Yes, I know this is hard to do. Yes, it takes a little creativity and some out of the box thinking.

But here’s what’s a stake if you don’t do it:  your anger level, your sanity and maybe even your self-worth.

What can a “stopping point” look like?

  • Taking a 15 minute walk a few times a week (yes even up and down your street if need be).
  • A regularly scheduled phone call with a friend (go into the other room and shut the door).
  • Regular date nights (you’ve got to get this resource for great ideas!) with your husband or significant other (when you don’t talk about the kids!).
  • Longer weekend breaks a few times a year, either by yourself (grab an inexpensive local hotel room) or with your husband or a friend.

We often try to sabotage our own rest, don’t we? I definitely do.

These two scriptures have really challenged me lately in this area:

Isaiah 28:12: God has told his people, “’Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.’ But they would not listen.”

Isaiah 30:15: This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.

It really is OK to stop and rest. Really. (I’m telling myself as much as I’m telling you!).

Tip #2: Keep a 5-Year or 10-Year Perspective.

On the most hectic parenting days where I am worn out and completely frustrated, I play a little math game. You can play it too (I promise it’s not painful). Ready?

I simply add 5 or 10 years to my children’s ages and think about what life will be like then.

I don’t dream about the future in a fantasy sort of way. Those days will have their own unique set of trials and burdens, right?

But, instead, I use these thoughts to remind me that my kids won’t always be stuck in this same behavioral phase:

  • I won’t always have kids in diapers.
  • My son won’t always want me to read him a story and sing him songs at night.
  • My older kids won’t always be available to run a quick errand with me.

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These truths ground me and give me endurance on those days when I am sure that things will never ever change.

Tip #3: Catch the (anger) foxes.

In Song of Solomon 2:15 (in the Bible), the verse describes how we are to “catch the little foxes” that can run in and steal the joy of marriage: “Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!” (NLT)

While this verse is specifically talking about marriage, there are so many applications here to motherhood!

What habits do we continue to allow in our daily mothering that make it that much more difficult?

Mommy anger was one that tripped me up for a long time and made motherhood very challenging.

It quickly turned my already relentless pace into a joyless, guilt-ridden one.

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I felt extremely alone and worn out from anger vicious cycle.

It was only when I learned the powerful tools and came up with an action plan to change (both found in the “7 Days to a Less Angry Mom” course) that I felt motherhood’s relentless pace relax.

Why am I singling out mommy anger as the biggest “fox” to catch?

Anger it cripples us, forcing us to carry an even weightier burden than we were ever expected to carry as moms. Anger hurts our relationships and damages our own psyche.

And every single mom deals with it! That’s right, all of us!

If you feel at all trapped by mommy anger, please join us in the “7 Days to a Less Angry Mom” course!

This collection of 7 powerful videos, 50 pages of innovative homework activities and a private Facebook group (for accountability and encouragement) is bringing healing to hundreds of women across the world, and we’d love to have you join us!

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Tip #4: Stop Expecting Perfection.

This was an epiphany for me last year.

I found myself mired in the quicksand of “destination sickness” thinking (you know—where you think that life will finally be happier when you reach that one parenting stage or this one great thing happens?).

Destination sickness is kind of like chasing that mirage in the desert: We’re chasing a fantasy that doesn’t exist.

Here are two facts that we must face:

  • There will always, always, always be something to challenge us on our mothering journey; and
  • Motherhood’s relentless pace will wax and wane, but it will always be there.

Ladies, we must stop holding our breath and waiting for “that day” or “that moment” to come in order to fully embrace and enjoy our mothering journey.

P.S. If you want to find freedom from mommy anger too, I highly encourage you to check out the “7 Days to a Less Angry Mom” course here!

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About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Does growing spiritually seem like a mystery or something reserved for “other people”? You know that there’s got to be something more than just living for what this life offers, but you’re not sure how to get there. Maybe you even go to church on Sunday and pray before meals… but still you feel like something’s missing or lacking. Friend, I want to tell you that what you’re feeling is not only normal, but it’s a beautiful invitation to grow deeper with God! God loves you and wants to show you the richest, fullest version of your life, and that comes through (imperfect) movement toward spiritual maturity. Let me share with you five simple ways to discover your beautiful path toward spiritual growth, including some helpful resources and powerful scriptures that have changed my life.

5 Steps Toward Real Spiritual Growth

Does growing spiritually seem like a mystery or something reserved for “other people”?

You know that there’s got to be something more than just living for what this life offers, but you’re not sure how to get there. Maybe you even go to church on Sunday and pray before meals… but still you feel like something’s missing or lacking.

Friend, I want to tell you that what you’re feeling is not only normal, but it’s a beautiful invitation to grow deeper with God!

God loves you and wants to show you the richest, fullest version of your life, and that comes through (imperfect) movement toward spiritual maturity.

Let me share with you five simple ways to discover your beautiful path toward spiritual growth, including some helpful resources and powerful scriptures that have changed my life.

Does growing spiritually seem like a mystery or something reserved for “other people”? You know that there’s got to be something more than just living for what this life offers, but you’re not sure how to get there. Maybe you even go to church on Sunday and pray before meals… but still you feel like something’s missing or lacking. Friend, I want to tell you that what you’re feeling is not only normal, but it’s a beautiful invitation to grow deeper with God! God loves you and wants to show you the richest, fullest version of your life, and that comes through (imperfect) movement toward spiritual maturity. Let me share with you five simple ways to discover your beautiful path toward spiritual growth, including some helpful resources and powerful scriptures that have changed my life.

The Biggest Obstacle to Spiritual Growth

What’s the biggest obstacle to spiritual growth, especially if you’re a busy mom?

Time. As in “not enough of it.”

I totally understand that and can relate to that. I homeschool my four kids, run two online ministries and do my best to still be the best wife, mom, friend and daughter of God that I can be.

It’s not always easy to manage everything since life is full and packed (I know you can relate because your life is probably equally busy!).

But here’s the truth: The only way I’ve been able to actually keep growing as a Christian is to spend time every day in prayer and Bible study.

And anyone who I’ve ever admired as a spiritual mentor would the same thing.

I think it’s because daily time with God grounds us. It centers us. It calms us in the chaos.

And most importantly, it’s the glue that not only brings much-needed refreshment, it strengthens our relationship with Christ and transforms the difficulties we endure into avenues for beautiful spiritual growth.

“How?” I hear you asking. “How can I find the time?!”

Totally get it. What if I said you could experience spiritual refreshment in only a few minutes a day?

If your time is greatly limited, then you’ll really appreciate these Women’s Resources that I designed just for women like you.

These are marketed as “Easter” resources, but really, you could go through them anytime you need a quick-but-powerful way to access real spiritual refreshment.

The best part is that they take only five to ten minutes a day!

And they’re only 12 days long, so they’re a perfect way to experiment with how just a few minutes a day with God can bring the spiritual growth you’re looking for.

 

 

 

Now, let’s talk about 5 ways to grow deeply with God.

Besides the time factor (mentioned above), how can we find the true path to spiritual growth?

Ready to wake up refreshed and ready to start the day? Every mom needs these tips to the best morning routine ever! No more waking up to chaos and craziness!

How to Create Your Best Morning Routine Ever

 A few years after becoming a mom, I realized I needed massive help with my morning routine.

Here’s my story… (does this sound like yours?)

I was so tired of feeling like my mornings were pure chaos.

I regularly woke up to the sound of children bickering over a toy (which meant I instantly became a referee); or to a child that needed to be nursed, bathed, fed and played with (you know the drill all too well, mama).

I felt guilty nearly every morning. I loved being a mom and helping my kids… and yet, all of their needs first thing in the morning brought me immense stress.

Finally I realized my big problem: I’d been waking up to a household that was already happening.

Some how, some way, I needed to start my day off ahead of my kids.

The good news? Things have changed since then.

 Ready to wake up refreshed and ready to start the day? Every mom needs these tips to the best morning routine ever! No more waking up to chaos and craziness!

I don’t wake up to chaos anymore. Truly.

I made some small shifts to my morning routine that have made all the difference… shifts that you can make too!

Every mom should feel equipped and ready to start her day off on the right foot!

Let’s help you get your morning routine in order too by asking a few simple questions.

Why Isn’t Your Current Morning Routine Working?

First, what’s the biggest source of your morning chaos? Start by asking yourself what you regularly get most frustrated about.

My biggest issue, I surmised, was that I woke up to helping and serving others without giving myself any prep time for that service.

I didn’t bemoan the fact that my kids needed me to be their mom (with four kids, I’d kind of signed myself up for the job of boo-boo-healer and squabble-solver). I just needed some time—before the kids woke up–to put on the right attitude for motherhood’s challenging call.

What Can You Change About Your Morning Routine to Make It Better?

The kids weren’t into staying in bed until 8:30 or 9 (go figure) so I knew that it was me that needed to change the morning routine.

First, I decided to get up earlier. Much earlier.

I started small. At first, I woke up half an hour earlier than normal. The kids were up when I woke up, but they at least were still somewhat zombie-like and were willing to let me close my bedroom door for a few minutes.

But just even this little bit of time gave me the ability to organize my thoughts and feel semi-human before the day started.

Second, I decided to do something soul-enriching each morning.

Along with the basics (bathroom, shower, washing my face), I began spending 10-15 minutes reading my Bible. Time in God’s word brought clarity and purpose to my day. It also reminded me that, yes, I was more than a mom and wife: I was a daughter of the King with an incredible purpose in this world!

(On the days when I need extra inspiration on what to study, here and here are the Bible devotionals I reach for.)

This time grounded me, and it gave me hope to know that my Savior cared about all my struggles (1 Peter 5:7) and even planned to use them to bless others in the future (2 Corinthians 1:2-7).

Then, a few days a week, a woke up a bit earlier and did some sort of exercise. Often it was simply going through an exercise video like this one (or this one–one of my favorites for Christian yoga) or walking on the treadmill.

But even investing this 15-30 minutes made a huge difference in my attitude. If nothing else, the endorphins that come from working out improved my outlook and made being a mom just a little less difficult.

Third, whenever possible, we take a mini break halfway through the morning during school.

These don’t happen every day, but if I’m feeling the stress start to mount, then I make it a point to step away for a few minutes and refocus myself.

I often have a creative project I’m working on (writing project, scrapbooking project, etc) and if I can step away to work on that for a few minutes it helps my morning flow more smoothly overall.

Aim for Refreshment Not Perfection In Your Morning Routine

We all need something different in the morning to make us feel ready to approach the day. I’ve shared with you my ideas, but truly, see what refreshes you!

Write down some thoughts and just play with some ideas. Dream a little.

Can I make one other suggestion? Instead of jumping on a rigid schedule immediately to help with your morning routine, I suggest that you make tiny shifts toward change and then celebrate each one.

Maybe you start by just waking up a few minutes earlier. Let that change settle in and notice how you feel. Then slowly, over time, add in other things if you feel they would help you have better mornings.

Above all, give yourself grace as you feel through these changes. Real life is just that–real life–and it changes everyday! Kids (or moms!) get sick. Husbands travel and we need to pick up more responsibilities.

We can’t expect ourselves to have the same schedule everyday, but we can aim for some general pillars in our day to keep us grounded.

Challenge yourself to get up before your kids for even one week and notice the difference. Then (once you’ve realized that it is humanly possible), do it for 30 days and make a new habit. It’s a great gift for you (and your kids) this year!

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About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

TIRED OF FEELING BURNT OUT, MOM? I felt that way for a long time too… My soul REALLY needed replenishment and rest. Here’s what I did about it.

8 Ways to Stay Emotionally Replenished in Every Mothering Season

It’s no secret that busy moms like us need more rest–times to unwind and de-stress.

We’re left with only one question:

How?

How in the world can we regularly get the rest we need to stay sane and whole?

I mean, really? Not theoretically. Practically.

It’s a big question that deserves a real-world answer.

TIRED OF FEELING BURNT OUT, MOM? I felt that way for a long time too… My soul REALLY needed replenishment and rest. Here’s what I did about it.

Friends, I have struggled with this on and off throughout my entire mothering journey.

I used to beat myself up that I couldn’t discover “the” schedule or even “the” way that ensured that I stayed well-rested as a mom.

However, the fact is that life is constantly changing. Our kids are constantly changing. And what fills us up is always changing too.

So why in the world should we believe that we can simply “discover” the ultimate way to get rest and tackle this issue once and for all? That’s simply preposterous, right?

Instead of looking for a cure-all that works for every season, I’ve discovered 8 keys to successfully incorporating the deep soul rest I need into my current mothering season.

And I want to share them with you since so many of us struggle with this.

Imagine how much better life could be if you could simply be filled up emotionally, spiritually and physically! How much of a better mom and wife could you be?

Now imagine if you had a way to make these part of your life–no matter if you have a brand new baby or only one older child in the house.

I can’t tell you how much these have made a difference from making rest a “someday” item to a “today” item on my to-do list.

I want to give you the simple guidelines I use so that you can be at your best too, no matter what mothering season you’re in!

Plus there are really IMPORTANT secrets that are critical to successfully enjoying rest in every season. I don’t want you to miss these, ok?

I can’t wait to tell you about all of this! (Click next to learn all about it!)

Goal planning for kids! I haven’t seen anything else out there like this so I’m so glad I found this for my kids this year. How to help your kids set goals, make plans and go for their dreams! Goal setting resources, powerful tips for parents and more.

How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Dreams This Year

As I watch my kids mature, I’ve see over and over that these little people have big dreams! As parents, we get the privilege of helping our kids set goals to make those dreams reality.

How can we encourage our kids to successfully meet their goals? What are some practical tips, strategies and resources?

I want to share with you:

  • 3 reasons why goal setting is so important for kids
  • 5 ways to help kids experience the power of goal setting
  • 13 Resources that help kids plan and inspire them to greatness

Here’s how I encourage my kids to meet their dreams (whether during New Years or anytime)!

Goal planning for kids! I haven’t seen anything else out there like this so I’m so glad I found this for my kids this year. How to help your kids set goals, make plans and go for their dreams! Goal setting resources, powerful tips for parents and more.

3 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is So Important for Kids

1) Kids have purpose. New Years goal setting assures children that they have significance too and that their life has purpose, even as a child.

2) Kids can do hard things. Setting resolutions reminds kids that they can do big things and hard things. I love this scripture in 1 Timothy 4:12 that says, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

3) Kids need to be challenged to become their best selves. When kids set goals, they’re able to experiment (under the watchful guidance of a parent) what it’s like to grow and change for the better. Goal setting is a wonderful way to teach kids that there is always room for self-improvement. it’s important to set goals and make self-improvements.

5 Ways to Help Kids Experience the Power of Goal Setting

1) Talk about goals regularly as part of everyday conversation. Goal setting doesn’t have to be formal or intense. Goal setting can start small (and not even be labeled as “setting a goal”). Listen to what your child is interested in, and help him or her set goals that match his or her current interests.

2) Avoid a power struggle by guiding toward a goal instead of telling them. Intrinsic motivation has been shown over and over as the best motivator, so capitalize on this when helping a child set goals. Instead of telling a child what the goal should be, listen deeper to what he or she is truly longing for and suggest tangible action plans that can help them meet that goal.

For example, my son is on a basketball team and wants to improve his stamina, especially as it relates to moving quickly to the other side of the court. My first thought was “That boy needs to be doing sprints everyday!” However, to avoid a power struggle, I asked him a series of questions such as, “What do you think is the best way to increase your stamina? What are some good activities that will make you faster on the court? How often do you think it make sense to do this?”

3) Encourage goals that are quantifiable and realistic. In his 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever Course, Michael Hyatt suggests setting goals that are SMARTER (specific, measurable, actionable, risky, time-keyed, exciting and relevant). Help kids create goals with tangible parameters, including natural consequences that occur if the goal is or is not met.

4) Give a child room to both succeed and fail. We are crippling our kids if we set them up to always succeed at their goals. Perhaps that sounds counterintuitive, so let me explain. While we would never plan to intentionally sabotage our child’s goals, I’m suggesting that we allow kids to experience the natural consequences that come from meeting or not meeting a goal. Like the rest of us, kids need to experience both the elation of meeting a goal and the disappointment of not making a goal. We can learn so much about ourselves from both sides of the process, can’t we?

5) Invite your child to witness your goal setting. Inspiration is an incredible motivator to success. What a wonderful example of sacrifice and diligence we set for our kids when we establish goals and work hard toward them! I share my personal goals with my kids often. I want them to see that there is always something to work toward and to be excited about!

13 Resources that Help Kids Plan and Inspire Them to Greatness

Does your child need help with creating a schedule? This post is great:

How to Teach Kids to Manage Their Own Schedule

Little by little, we need to introduce our kids to the concepts of goal-setting, time management and self control. What better way to do that than to teach them how to create a realistic weekly schedule? Learn a step-by-step method for how your kids can create their own schedules! This scheduling method is easy and adaptable to fit any child, tween or teen!

This post is also encouraging and helpful on how we can encourage our kids to change the world:

9 Tips for Raising Kids Who Change the World

Do you know these 9 awesome tips for raising kids that change the world? Vibrant Homeschooling

 

Calendars: Here’s a simple, free printable calendar (in kid-friendly colors) from Short Stop Designs that children would like. This one for Delineate Your Dwelling is also pretty. And this post from Yes Missy has 20 free printable calendar page designs.

Goal Setting: Here’s a fun goal setting worksheet for kids and adults from Moritz Fine Designs.

Planners: There’s some adorable kids planner designs here on Amazon.

Journal: I think everyone (including kids) should have a journal for writing their thoughts, dreams and plans! I love this one from Somewhat Simple, and here’s a free 31 Day gratitude journal from Enjoy the Learning Journey. Kids can even make their own journal at this post from Polka Dot Chair (this is more of a summer journal, but I think the “adventure” vibe totally fits for goal planning).

Enjoy inspiring your kids to greatness through goal setting!

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Wow--I loved all of these posts on parenting, marriage, faith and homemaking! So encouraging! Perfect reading for New Years inspiration. GREAT ideas and advice here...

The 25 Most Popular Posts of 2016 (Great New Years Inspiration!)

A brand new year is ahead! Who’s ready for some great inspiration, helpful tips and heartfelt encouragement for all those New Years goals?

I’ve gathered the best of the best of 2016–the top 25 marriage, parenting, faith and homemaking posts–all in one place for your New Years inspiration.

Moms like you told me they LOVED these posts! Each of them got a crazy amount of pageviews and lots of buzz.

And here they are for you… all in one place!

Wow--I loved all of these posts on parenting, marriage, faith and homemaking! So encouraging! Perfect reading for New Years inspiration. GREAT ideas and advice here...

 

Before we mention the posts, I also wanted to share the top 3 resources on the site this year (because they may help you too)!

These helped hundreds of families get organized, manage mommy anger and enjoy a Christ-centered Christmas.

Click on each one to learn more.

Top 25 Most Popular Posts of 2016

NOTE: By far, marriage and parenting posts were the most popular posts this year! For this reason, I’ve included a few more of those here than the other categories. 

Top Posts in Marriage
Want better sex in your marriage? We've learned it takes time... and this surprising secret that so many couples miss. You've got to read this post from international Christian speaker and author Sue Detweiler. By sharing her and her husband's testimony, you'll discover a powerful truth that can bring incredible healing and a more passionate marriage than you ever thought possible!

#1 Post: The Surprising Secret to Better Sex for Christians

I’ll bet you’re here because you want to have better sex in your marriage. Who doesn’t, right?

But everything–kids, money, jobs, life–it ALL can get in the way and make our married sex lives dull, boring or even non-existent.

The truth is that it is possible to have a great married sex life!

There’s one BIG secret to that amazing level of intimacy we all crave… [READ MORE HERE]

Other Top Marriage Posts to Inspire Your New Year:


 Top Posts in Parenting

You hear the fighting. The yelling. The temper tantrums. AGAIN. While anger will never fully go away, kids CAN learn to manage their anger (and so can we!) Learn four simple steps to help kids calm down, understand angry emotions, determine if they have anger habits and assess if they deal with anger guilt. If you’re a mom, you need these to help kids deal with anger, fighting and temper tantrums!

#1 Post: Got an Angry Child? 4 Steps to Help Kids Manage Anger

You hear the fighting. The yelling. The temper tantrums. AGAIN.

Sighing, you walk into your child’s bedroom to find two angry faces (and fingers pointed at each other).

And now, you’re tasked with sorting out all the emotions (while still managing your own mommy anger).

Some days, motherhood feels like being a referee at a hockey match, right?!

But here’s the thing… [READ MORE]


Top Posts in Faith

How can you teach your kids how to not just READ the Bible during personal Bible study time but to UNDERSTAND IT? Here's an easy, 5-step process called the "5 Rs" that my kids and I use to glean deep spiritual truths. Includes a FREE BOOKMARK PRINTABLE CRAFT!#1 Post: Simple 5 Step Method for Kids Bible Study (Plus a Free Bookmark)

Reading the Bible changes my imperfect heart.
Time and time again, the pages of scripture bring me peace and purpose, slowly transforming me into the woman I really want to be.

And if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve also experienced the power of God’s Word too, right?

Oh, how we want to share that life-changing power with our kids!

We want them to learn how to study the Bible from a young age so that they can develop an unshakeable, intimate relationship with God that carries them through all kinds of life’s circumstances.

However, I’ve learned that children (like all of us!) need a bible study method–a systematic way to not only read scripture but to allow God’s word to change a heart… [READ MORE]

Other Top Faith Posts to Inspire Your New Year:


Top Posts in Homemaking

#1 Post: How to Organize Kids School Papers (for Good!)

Do you have stacks of adorable kids artwork piling up everywhere?

You know, stacks of priceless treasures from your kids that you want to keep (but have no idea what to do with)?!

What if I told you that you could get rid of those stacks (and all the guilt that goes with them) forever?

What if I could show you a way to neatly and easy keep kids school papers organized now (without the crazy piles) and preserved for years to come (in one central place)?

Hundreds of moms love this method for organizing kids school papers… and I know you’re going to love it too…

[READ MORE]

 Other Posts About Homemaking to Inspire Your New Year:

Wow--I loved all of these posts on parenting, marriage, faith and homemaking! So encouraging! Perfect reading for New Years inspiration. GREAT ideas and advice here...

Happy New Year, friends!

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

10 FREE INSPIRING QUOTE PRINTABLES! 8 x 10 size great for framing! Perfect for goal setting or New Years planning! #7 and #8 are rocking my world right now...

10 Free 8 x 10 Inspiring Quote Printables for Goal Setting

When it comes to meeting goals, inspiration is something we all need in great supply, yes?

(I’m raising both hands up high over here).

Here are 10 awesome quotes that I find especially inspirational (especially if it’s New Years and I’m setting goals)!

Hang these 8 x 10-inch printables in your home, print them out and stick them on your refrigerator or place them in a frame where you will be encouraged to reach your big goals this year!

To download the printables, scroll down to “click here to download the free printables,” enter your email, and they’ll be on their way to your inbox!

 

10 FREE INSPIRING QUOTE PRINTABLES! 8 x 10 size great for framing! Perfect for goal setting or New Years planning! #7 and #8 are rocking my world right now...

If you’d like an acceptance-centered, biblically-based way to set goals for yourself this year, I’d highly recommend Grace Goals.

Consisting of 5 mini workshops, this downloadable, 48-page resource is a unique hybrid of a Bible study and a goal-setting course.

With Grace Goals you will:

•Learn why grace is the enablement you need to meet your goals

•Begin to recognize and appropriate grace in your daily life

•Set practical, godly goals

•Be confident of God’s favor and power in your endeavors

•Develop a doable, personal plan for change

Grace Goals offers relevant information and then the opportunity to immediately apply that knowledge to each person’s individual situation through hands-on work.

You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can share goals, find an accountability partner, and be encouraged.

If you’re in the midst of setting some big goals, I’d highly encourage that you check out Grace Goals!

 By the way, click here to download the free 8 x 10 Inspirational Quote Printables!

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLES HERE

Other Goal Setting Posts You’ll Love:

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

I was shocked how this simple word changed my New Years resolution goal setting strategy... finally I was able to meet my goals! You won't believe how this change can help you successfully set goals too!

The Surprising Secret to Meeting Your New Year’s Goals

I’ve got a surprising word that’s a big part of my New Years resolutions: Acceptance.  

If you’re a (recovering) perfectionist like me, you might be puzzled at first, but then you ultimately understand.

We are really good at getting in over our head with our over-the-top goals, aren’t we? We plan to lose 20 pounds, run 4 miles every morning, start a new side business and learn how to sew. All by February 1.

And yet, when those high aspirations aren’t met (or only a few of these goals are met), we find ourselves crashing down emotionally, perhaps even filled with cynicism and self-hatred.

We wonder, “Why do I even try? What’s the point of this anyway?”

Which is a worse spot to be in than before the goal-setting started. 

If this is you, I want to encourage you now! I have been there, and I still struggle with this.

Let me show you how a bit of acceptance (and realistic thinking) can make all the difference when it comes to New Years goal setting (or anytime you need to set goals). 

I was shocked how this simple word changed my New Years resolution goal setting strategy... finally I was able to meet my goals! You won't believe how this change can help you successfully set goals too!

I want to share 5 concepts that use acceptance to transform our goal-setting plans into completed accomplishments.

Each of these are:

  • incredibly powerful mindsets that will finally set you free to meet your goals
  • easily adaptable to any goals you may set
  • perfect for those of us who deal with perfectionist thinking

Plus, I want to share one of my favorite ways to do goal planning (with acceptance and grace).

I want to help you discover the progress and change you’re looking for! Let’s get started!

This first concept was hard at first, but it has brought so much peace, clarity and success in my goal setting…