As we head into the last week of 2021, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at this year and reflect on some of the articles that resonated most deeply with our readers over these last twelve months.
2021 was a year like no other, and our response to it was largely to hunker down and make it through in one piece.
We spent more time at home with our families, developed new interests, and took on projects that we’d been putting off for years. We got creative about how we use both our time and our space, and tried out many new ways to keep kids busy, happy, and learning.
Even with–or perhaps because of–all that extra effort, parenting was harder than ever, and we looked for new ways to take care of ourselves so we could take care of those around us. New habits such as journaling, exercising, and getting outside more helped us maintain some semblance of sanity as we rode each new wave of unpredictibility.
It wasn’t always pretty, but we’d like to think we grew and challenged ourselves in new ways that we wouldn’t have otherwise. And as we enter into the new year, we can take the lessons we’ve learned and use them to shape the kind of year we want to create, leaving behind (as much as possible) those things that hindered and burdened us.
So without further ado, here are our top nineteen articles of 2021. We hope they give you a boost of inspiration and energy for the new year and what you might be able to accomplish in 2022. So grab a cup of coffee, settle down in your favorite cozy reading place, and enjoy!
Oh, and have a happy new year! We’ll see you in January!
Writing prompts continued to be our most popular category on My Cup Runs Over in 2021, so much so, that we’re actually working on a new project that’s going to allow us to deliver even more writing prompts and help without having them completely take over this site. Look for that news in our email announcements in early 2022.
Although our creative writing prompts for middle school remains our most popular post of all time, these new prompts helped parents and teachers alike inspire kids to new levels of creativity.
Journaling regularly can lead to a lifelong daily writing habit, but teens may struggle with figuring out how to start. We’ve put together 50 Creative Journal Prompts for Teens to help them cultivate this beneficial habit.
Need help getting started with your fantasy story? Here are 50 exciting fantasy writing prompts and plot ideas to get you started.
Gratitude journaling can lead to better health, happiness, and success. Here are 50 gratitude journal prompts to help you cultivate thankfulness.
Writing poetry with kids is a delightful exercise. Use these poetry writing prompts for kids and poetry starters to inspire young poets.
Homeschooling also remained a popular topic this year. With more families than ever discovering how enjoyable it can be to blend home and learning, we continue to get lost of questions about how to best structure and plan for homeschooling.
These posts helped homeschooling parents figure out how to organize their year, their days, their curricula, and their spaces.
Homeschool planning can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are 7 quick steps to help you plan your homeschool year with ease.
Balancing the needs of school-aged kids and pre-K kids in your homeschooling schedule is challenging enough. Trying to fit your own work into the daily routine can feel like doing a puzzle with too many pieces, but it doesn’t have to. Here’s a daily schedule perfect for working from home and homeschooling at the same time.
Everybody and their dog is going to have an opinion of you, your homeschool, and how you should run it. The only way to overcome this is to learn to trust your intuition as a homeschooling parent.
Need a break from curriculum? Why not try some unit studies? We’ve complied over 170 unit study ideas to inspire the next adventure in your homeschool or classroom.
How much space do you need to homeschool and do you have enough? Check out these savvy homeschool room ideas for small spaces and see how you can make homeschooling work with whatever space you’ve got.
Home and Personal Development
Most of us spent a lot more time at home in 2021 than we used to. Although it certainly wasn’t all fun and games–to say the least–many of us took the opportunity to tackle personal and home projects that hadn’t previously been able to. Some of us read more than ever, others took up new hobbies, and almost everyone had to rethink the way we use our homes.
Here are a few of our top posts in the home and personal development categories.
Whether you’re new to journaling or you’re trying to break yourself out of a journaling rut, having a list of creative journaling ideas standing by, poised to inspire you, is always a good idea. Here are 23 of our favorite creative writing prompts and journaling ideas for mixing up your journal-writing routine.
Start a new journaling habit with this easy guide to journaling for beginners. Learn the best journaling habits, tips and ideas for your personal style and goals.
Want to make that long-awaited renovation in your house but the budget doesn’t allow you to carry out all of your ideas? Here are ten tips for home renovation on a budget that won’t compromise the quality and overall look of your home.
Developing a healthy morning routine is essential to getting your day started right. These 7 healthy habits will help you accomplish more, feel healthier and be happier.
One question all parents must answer is, “What can I do with my child’s artwork?” Here are my favorite solutions to the kids’ art storage dilemma.
For many people, 2021 may have been the toughest parenting year yet. With so much isolating, support systems collapsed, leaving most parents to bear even more responsibility than they did before. Even for those of us who have homeschooled for years, it seemed like 2021 was the year of the family and nothing but the family. For the first time ever, we struggled to find suitable socialization opportunities for our kids in our normally enriching community.
At My Cup Runs Over, we felt this pain deeply, and we strove to meet you where you were, with parenting tips to make the everyday a little bit more special (or at least manageable!) Here are a few of our favorites.
Climb toys for toddlers can make a great addition to your household. They will encourage physical activity, and they come in a variety of different bright colors. Here is a round-up of some of our top picks for indoor and outdoor climbing toys for toddlers.
Find the right hobby to fit your child’s interests. This list covers all of the info you’ll need to choose a hobby for your child.
As teens age, they naturally want more independence, but that doesn’t mean our relationships with them are over. Here are 5 ways to connect with your teen.
Find ways to get your children out of the house, away from screens and walking outside. These 10 tips will help make walking with kids a favorite family activity.
We have found the antidote to Zoom fatigue, screen time battles, and the lure of everything that plugs in. With kid-friendly backyard ideas on a budget, it is possible to transform any yard, patio, and even some balconies into areas of exploration.
That concludes our look back at our favorite content of 2021. Which article was the most helpful for you? Let us know in the comments and meet us back here in 2022 for tons of new ideas for keeping your home, life, and homeschool simple, sustainable, and fulfilling.
Sophie Agbonkhese is a writer, veteran homeschooling mother of four, and a recovering overachiever (who occasionally relapses). She is the founder of My Cup Runs Over, a site dedicated to helping busy women simplify and enrich their lives, homes, and homeschools. When she’s not writing or debugging websites, Sophie spends her time reading with her kids, gardening, listening to audiobooks, and striving fruitlessly to have a clean house for at least five minutes. She lives in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, Ben, and their children.