Thursday, September 18, 2014

Harvest Time Games a way to communicate better



Having kids in school I learn its not always easy to communicate with them as much as I would like to. Thanks to Harvest Time Games I am able to teach them and get them to open up to me about issues, all while relaxed and having fun.



Abundant Harvest for Kids is a game which is for ages 7 and up and can be played with 2 to 8 players.  The games theme is you reap what you sow. The game has different scenarios like school, parent, child and more. Each scenario has something to do with the main scenario on the card. Example:

Child Scenario, Your older brother is constantly teasing you and fun of you in front of his friends. What do YOU do? Which  this allows for your child to address the issue before it has become one or if it is a issue help the parent and child understand how to work through the issue at hand. My kids do this often and I have to always yell at them to stop fighting and picking on each other. Once we played this game it helped my oldest child to understand why its mean and hurtful what he was doing and for the youngest one to understand that everyone needs their time alone.

From start to finish the whole game is about 30-45 mins to play depending on how each person answers the question, it was a great way to break the ice and really let each child talk about the issues they face in school and at home.


Abundant Harvest for Teens and Adults is a game which is for ages 13 and up and can be played with 2 to 8 players.  The games theme is you reap what you sow. The game has different scenarios like teen, parent, work and more. Each scenario has something to do with the main scenario on the card. Example:

Life Scenario:
Your roommate has been behind on paying their portion of the bills. This is the second month of hearing excuses. You are running low on savings to cover their part. What do YOU do?

I have never been in this situation but I have seen it break up some of the best of friends. This is a great way to break the ice and get everything on the table, and its great for teens to know how to deal with these things if they come up when they move out on their own.


When we grow up all we can do is learn from others and apply it the best way we are able. Although we are taught to respect others and to be honest to one another this is not always the case. The Principles of our World is a series of books which help us to relate and learn from others actions. The 5 I received are:

Honesty: a book which tells us why its good to be honest and what comes of being honest
Sacrifice: work hard for a better stratifying reward
Courage: how to stand up for yourself and others, along with overcoming obstacles in life
Compassion: how to care for one another, to love
Teamwork: how to work well with others

There are many more books besides the 5 I listed all which teach valuable life lessons.


Face to Face is a series of games which are like mini editions of Abundant Harvest. The Face to Face has 3 editions: Kids, Dinner Party and Teens. Each game is played with 2 or more players. Each game has a scenario card which you then reply with how you would handle the situation. The Face to Face games make for great road trip games, park games, party games and more. The Face to Face games are small and easy to be carried anywhere. I use these often while waiting at the doctors or a WIC appointment : ) You can find all these great products from Harvest Time by clicking here.








Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kenson Parenting Helpful ways to Parent Better



Whether you have 1,5, or 100 kids you know its a lot of work to raise them right. I am always looking for ways which I can get my kids to do something but reward them afterwards for doing so. Kenson Parenting, is a great site to help me find something for each kids needs. Let's face it all kids are different and not everything works on them, you have personalities, age, and many other things to consider when assigning chores, homework and activities.


One of the charts which I found great for my 2 year old was the I Can Do It! reward chart. The chart as things like, getting dressed, water the plants, no whining, clean your room, go to and stay in bed, sharing and many more. I found this chart was great for her, not because she is 2 but because since she is number 5 she is much more advanced for her age because she has her brothers and sisters to watch, so these things are something she could accomplished and we can work on together.

What is great about the I Can Do It! chart is that you can set it for your child's age. If I had, had this with my first born I would had used other options of activities which would fit his actions. The idea of the chart is to help both parent and child. It helps the parent by letting them set goals and helping the child reach the goals. It helps the child feel like they are doing their part and they can get a small reward once they receive 7 stars in a activity or a full chart or however you wish to reward them. The idea is to keep a regular routine which is simple to follow and gets the job done without the yelling.


I do different rewards for the week, if they have full activity complete with the 7 stars I will get them a ice cream cone, if they have a full chart a small toy, or try and go to a park they would like to go to. I love having the chart because my kids seem more happy to do things because they see they are doing good. They have a positive image placed in their minds which helps them to do better each day. I noticed with the younger one the change of attitude she loved to yell and whine but since the chart and seeing her brothers and sister getting rewards she has made some major changes.


You can see the this and other great products from Kenson Parenting by clicking here. Kenson Parenting is also great for the home school children and even great for teachers.



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.