Making the choice to be happy, creative storytelling and singing, feeling grateful for right now

How do we trust that where we are now is exactly where we need to be? How do we stay positive when we feel overwhelm from big changes in our life, like moving our family to a new place?

Meet Katy Lineberry, mother of two, who realized when she takes time to appreciate the things in her life now, she can feel happy about where she is and trust the journey ahead.

Katy realized happiness is a choice. A choice she needs to make whether she’s at home with her two young children or at the studio where she teaches music or out building her community in a new place. It’s easy to lose site of the goal of feeling happy amidst the daily grind, but having an attitude of making things fun helps her to enjoy more.

She shares ways to make parenting fun like singing through daily activities and using creative storytelling. When her preschooler is on he verge of making a not-so-great choice, she can choose to tap into his imagination with a fun story. This diverts his attention away from the negative choice and toward something positive and fun.

You’ll hear her life recipe for teaching preschoolers about money. You’ll love the simple way you can teach children about saving, giving, and spending that is fun for everyone.

Enjoy this wonderful conversation with Katy Lineberry, who shares examples of how expressing gratefulness and appreciation can help us feel more positive and happy in our day-to-day and the journey ahead of us.

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Life Recipe: Teaching preschoolers about Money


  • 3 small jars with lids
  • marker & 3 labels
  • A healthy stack of $1 bills


  • Set up in the weeks ahead by talking about how much items around your home cost. Go to the grocery store and point out price tags, sale items, etc. This is especially effective if you go to a toy store and point out the price of some of your child’s favorite toys! Don’t forget to mention that we pay for the water, electricity, paper goods, and more that we use at home.
  • With your child, prepare the three jars. On each of the three labels, write “Save,” “Spend,”  and “Give” and attach them to the jars.
  • Discuss the purpose of each jar:
    • The saving jar will be for saving money long-term for something big—college, a car, or even a house!
    • The giving jar is to help someone who doesn’t have enough money to buy what they need, whether it be food, clothes, or a place to live. (This jar will bring up many great opportunities for discussions about needs versus wants!)
    • The spending jar is for your child to do whatever they like. This is the money that will perhaps teach them the most – if they decide to spend their $1 each week, they will never have enough to buy a bigger toy. As difficult as it is, we as parents let them make these “mistakes.”
  • Each week, give your child 3 $1 bills, and assist them in putting one in each jar. Her family does this at the beginning of the weekend so that we are ready for any fun excursions to local carnivals, garage sales, or surprise treats! (Note: This “allowance” is not tied to chores in our house. Our son has family chores he is expected to do, but we never say anything along the lines of, “Do your chores so that you get your allowance!” This allowance is solely to help him learn how to manage money, though we do plan to have additional extra chores available in the years to come to help him learn the value of working for money.)
  • If she knows they are going somewhere that may have opportunities for your child to buy something, bring the jar with you so that he can see and feel the act of taking his own money out to buy something, rather than us paying for it and then him paying us when we get home. If we are at Target and he is buying something, he makes his purchase with the money from his jar, seperate from the family purchase.

Quotes from Interview

I have to choose to make things fun when things get frustrating. I try to think, ‘how can I make this fun.’ – Katy Lineberry

Let yourself be happy. A lot of it is deciding to be happy even when you are feeling overwhelmed. – Katy Lineberry

Books we discussed

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk byAdele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. This helped Katy to think of things as children think. Coming at a situation with more peace and playfulness. 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen shares research on the science of being happy and her story and experiments in choosing happiness.


Katy Lineberry is the mother of two spirited little boys, ages 4 and 1. A teacher at heart, she has taught everything from high school band to early childhood music classes. She has been blessed to help new families strengthen their bonds through her time teaching with Musikgarten and is currently preparing to open her own studio in their new home, Kansas City, Missouri.

Photo from Sabrina Lee Photography

Photo from Sabrina Lee Photography

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