THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 47

Photos of the Week:

The Week in Review: My big kids are always asking to use their  “pocket knives.” (They were unapproved gifts, but thankfully they are extremely dull). I gave them each a bar of soap and let them carve away! They had a blast and even my toddler whittled with a plastic Ikea knife. It made for a great Daycation activity! Oh, that, and ice cream!

1) Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):  

My blog is called It’s a Vivas Thing! For years my family has just, well, been one of THOSE families…it happens when you have five children. Many friends have started saying they *had a Vivas Day* or *It was a Vivas Thing*. Several of them started telling me I need to write these things down or no one would believe them. This year, I decided to start a blog….and hence, “It’s a Vivas Thing* was born! My very first blog I was trying to decide what to write when my teenage daughter started screaming in the bathroom because a spider had decided to join her! I love writing and am having a ball with the blogging. 

2) How long have you been blogging?

I started my blog in January 2009. 

3) How would you define THAT family?  

We’re the ones that other’s talk about and shake their heads at and secretly would love to be part of THAT family, but are afraid of what it would entail! ha ha! THAT family is full of craziness, laughter, adventure, love and spirit. 

4) When did you discover you were part of THAT family? 

I’ve been thinking it for a while, but it was pretty much confirmed for me this morning when chaos erupted as we tried to get kids to school, hubby to work, and catch a wild bird that the dog had brought in…and let loose in our house! As kids were running and screaming and hubby was rushing back into the house to find out what the commotion was about, all I could do was laugh and think, “We are part of THAT family!” 

5) Where can we find your blog


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    I once saw a podcast with some child expert that was encouraging parents to let their children do some dangerous stuff to build character and have some freedom. Playing with knives was one strong suggestion. And you thought they were just having fun…

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    Be safer, sharpen the knives. Dull knives are more dangerous as they are hard to control. Don't worry, children have been using sharp knives for centuries without major amputations being reported

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    Unapproved gifts . . . . . I could write a whole blog on that one. Complete with a train set that said "8+ years." My son was two and I was 13 months pregnant. We took it back, ticked off a grandpa, and got him a plastic one he could do mostly himself. GAH!!!!

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    christy says

    hello I have never commented on your blog before but I am here to tellyou that I am 11 years old and I have a pocket knife and when i'm camping I carve wood and my knife is pretty sharp I've only cut myself once and it wasn't very bad .

    P.S. I live insafford (A.K.A.middle of nowhere) Arizona

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    Wow, this one turned into a modern day "no no" issue. These are your children and you should allow them to have what "YOU" feel is safe, not what the world tells you is! You know when your child is ready for their first gifts. Don't let the organizations tell you how to feel, think, and live! That's your job as a parent. I will say to let your children experience life. Education should come with any gift of this nature, and will ensure it's used safely and properly!!!

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