I’m excited to partner with Education.com for today’s cute activity! If you have a baseball lover in your home, this summer boredom buster is for you. Young kids will simply enjoy using craft materials, and older kids can brush up on their geometry knowledge as they create their very own baseball pennant. In this guest […]
Last night I had an epiphany as I tried to lay the baby down for bed. Whereas she normally falls asleep within a couple minutes, last night Mary was mad. Super mad. She was hollering and unhappy with me. While she cried, I hurried and tucked the big kids in bed, and then I […]
Looking for summer boredom buster fun that is also slightly educational? Read on! For today’s summer activity, we learned more about the letter “D,” but in a fun way that worked for my school age kid and my little ones. Read about more preschool aged activities or crafty summer boredom busters here. I started by drawing […]
Okay ya’ll, this summer, I want to be that great Mom who plays games, does crafts, and really enjoys summertime with the kids. Since Simon started school last year, I realized that there were so many fun things I anticipated doing that never happened. When I was pregnant the first time, I couldn’t wait to […]
Every parent has those moments when the urge to yell pulses within us. We think, “Why can’t my kids just listen to me?” and it seems that our attempts to be calm and kind are useless. But if the kids won’t listen, how we can teach them, direct them, or help them? Isn’t it our […]
My sister-in-law is due with her first baby at the end of summer. We are SOO excited for them! As I’ve chatted with her about becoming a mom for the first time, I’ve reminisced on all the things I did and felt as a first-time mom. I didn’t know what to expect as a new […]
The dreaded temper tantrum. The tears and moans over the smallest things. The joys of a 2yr old’s emotional roller coaster. Luckily there are some tricks to reducing the intensity and duration of toddler temper tantrums. Usually, if I can act excited about something else, the tears will stop and I’ll get my child’s attention shifted. And, […]
When my husband and I were discussing babies and our future family, we predicted lots of little boys running around the house. Out of the 20-something grandchildren on his side of the family, there were only four girls, so we figured our odds of a daughter were low. Johnny was actually a bit nervous to […]
The 100th Day of School!!!! We made it this far, and we’re so much closer to summertime! Our Simon has been counting the days this week until the 100th day of kindergarten, and I was excited to help him make his very first 100th Day of School t-shirt. I remember gluing pennies onto a shirt […]
Earlier this year I gave a presentation to a group of teenagers. After deliberating the best way to teach them how to communicate, I decided to take an alternate route by teaching them how to listen. After all, if you listen ineffectively, you’ll communicate ineffectively. The quote “we have two ears and one mouth for […]
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