Our instincts as parents is to protect from harm. But sometimes, in doing so, we can be actually be doing more harm than good. This guest post from Whitney Hollingshead offers a lot to think about!
Parenting any child is incredibly challenging. While every child is different, there are some parenting challenges that seem to be universal. The dictionary defines the word enable “to make possible, practical, or easy”. Enabling is often connected to helping. Every good parent genuinely wants to help their child. The key is to learn when enabling hurts and when enabling actually helps.
Rainy Day Mum hosted a series recently called Story Book Summer and I was honored to take part. With 6 weeks worth of books and activities for kids, you'll definitely want to check it out!
My contribution was a dinosaur feet craft made from tissue boxes. Kay loved these! She was stomping around the house as a "scary dinosaur" for 2 days. The dogs, however, were less thrilled! Check out how we did it (and more from this awesome series) at Rainy Day Mum!
Magazine beads are suggested as a creative activity for kids and adults alike. Well, confession: I can't make them. Well, that's not true. I make them - just not well!
So I came up with a slightly different version of the classic magazine beads...using straws!
No, really...is it back-to-school time already?
Kay starts kindergarten in a couple weeks (pinch me!) and last week saw some great back-to-school ideas linked up, so of course I had to share!
Summer is almost over here (did I just say that?!) but it's always a good time for these beach activities, that don't actually need a beach!
After finally making our first water wall this summer, I wanted to share with you the different options you have for making your own. It doesn't have to be difficult and no matter how you do it, your kids are going to love it anyway!
When I went searching for inspiration for this month's Recycle & Create project, I found it - in droves! Let me just say, there are some lovely things you can do with magazine pages. But after giving a few of them a try - am I the only person who can't make magazine beads?! - I went back to what I do best: simple.
Have you ever painted...with magnets? With a new magnet kit at our disposal, and Kay's love of all things magnetic, I wanted to try this science and art combo.
The weather is beautiful and we're enjoying the time outside! Here are some outdoor ideas linked up last week...
I'm guilty of it too.
With so much emphasis on preparing kids for kindergarten academically (do they know their letters, numbers, can they read Shakespeare?) it's easy to skip over the smaller but no less important skills they will need to succeed. The good news: it's not too late, and it's easy to practice these in fun ways!