Volunteer request

I am not in the area to volunteer, but I can certainly use my web site ChildrenAreOurFutureHow.wordpress.com to tell others about it. You are an awesome person to do something like this. I never had children but love them.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Circus Elephant Be Free!

Heart Chains project:Benefits Westmead Children Hospital, Heart Centre.



An opportunity to volunteer your time: 

In 2010 I created a simple heart chain to raise money for the ward at the Heart Centre, Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney. The project has continued since then raising well over $3,000 in the 3 years that it ran. Now that I am not working as a nurse on the ward, I would like assistance in keeping the project going, as it is such a worthy cause.

The project is to benefit the nurses and the families on the ward. The money raised from $10 chains is focused to the needs of the ward. Some of the achievements of heart chains are contributing to the purchase of heart monitors for the children.

So this post is to request a volunteer to: 1. hole punch the holes in the above cards so we…

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Kindergarten Curriculum

Extra TLC

I’ve done it! I finally gathered enough resources and have figured out how to Homeschool my Kindergarten son who is currently 5.  We are doing year round. 4 days a week. If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest here is my homeschooling board. Feel free to follow just the homeschool board or all of them! I’d love to have you and am always looking for new free resources to use and pinterest makes me feel like I can keep it all organized!

If there is any interest in finding out what we will be doing I’ll break it down weekly.

Week 1:

(Please feel free to use this in any order and most of this is informal any of this can be done daily or pick a certain day to do each. We are always doing the ABC Bible Verses and Sight words, and prayer cards. Wednesday is…

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Are We Having Fun Yet? Jennifer Senior’s Smart, Historically-Informed Take on Modern Parenting

Lara Freidenfelds

In All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting, Jennifer Senior asks why American middle-class parents so often find parenting intense beyond expectation, exhausting, anxiety-provoking, and not much fun, at the same time that they evaluate it to be the most rewarding and joy-producing aspect of their lives.


Like many readers, I appreciated seeing myself and my struggles represented with compassion.  I have spent a number of years as a stay-at-home parent writing books during naptimes.  I would have felt guilty admitting that I found playing with toddlers incredibly tedious if my own wonderful stay-at-home mother hadn’t admitted that she felt the same way, and assured me that it was ok.  I always felt that the mismatch between the attention span of an academic writer (same project for a decade? no problem!) and a 2-year old was painful.  Senior points to this as a more generally-experienced…

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Preserve the Family

Life and Heart Matters


I held the small baby in my arms, only ten weeks old at the time.  Sitting on the edge of the bed in my son’s nursery on that fateful night, I asked God for advice.  I was returning to work the next morning and I knew nothing would be the same again.  What am I to do?

I am sure every new mother has asked that question at least once.  But God’s response to me that night was puzzling.  My inner voice immediately seemed to say, “Preserve the family”.  What did that mean?  I was young and newly married, and had this wonderful new addition to our family – life was good.  But the words stuck with me.

Later, when times got tough – and they will – those words became my guiding principle.  God knew back then that I would need those words of wisdom.  And I knew that if I only did one thing right in my life…

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So I’m not a dad, yet…

For all of you soon-to-be dads out there, follow along with this great new blog called “To Be A Dad” and follow along with the journey of a brand new dad and the things he will go through.
I am so happy a blog like this exists now, because there was a great need for something like this.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko