2020 Year End Review

Are you doing a year-end review this year? Or just burning your planner in a bonfire? It was a hard year for so many of us for so many reasons. But I am going to choose to look for the successes. Because even in a hard year, some things went right.

Being Grateful

About 10 years ago, I was working part-time and we had a sitter who came to the house to keep my kids while I worked. One December day she decided to warn my son, who was 3, that he “Better be good or Santa will bring you coal for Christmas.” My son didn’t respond the way the sitter expected.

Lunch Lady Help! Turning Dinner into Lunch You Will Want to Eat! 

One of the challenges of staying home with your kids every single day, is that you have to keep feeding them. I love food, but even I get burned out on cooking every meal every day. And while I have no problem with throwing a good PB&J at them, I don’t want a sandwich every day.

Role Playing Games: When You Don’t Want a Dungeon

Is your child asking to play an RPG (role playing game)? Do you like the idea but aren’t a dungeon master? Trust me, I understand. Role Playing Games can be great to explore story development, character building, and problem solving. But they can can be intimidating to learn. So what games can you play instead?

Hyperlexia

Do you know a child who was obsessed with letters as a toddler and learned to read well before age 5? That child that makes everyone else wonder why their 3 year old can’t read, too? While the assumption might be that the child is just gifted, there is another word for early reading, hyperlexia.

Tools Instead of Toys

Toys are great. Toys can give your child a chance to develop mentally, physically, and emotionally. But sometimes you want to actually DO something instead of pretend to do something. That’s where kid-sized tools come in.

Hidden Nutrition: Are there carrots in this??

Have you ever heard about being a sneaky chef and hiding nutrition in your child’s food? The idea is to sneak some vegetables into what you are cooking where your family won’t see it, smell it, or taste it. I’m going to share the sneaky additions that I liked so well, I am still doing them for my family.

Puzzles: More than Meets the Eye

As both an OT and a parent, I am a fan of puzzles. Every time you work on a puzzle you are using logic, reasoning, and visual perceptual skills while also using some fine motor skills to put the pieces into place. Here is the progression of puzzle working and how to choose the right one for your child.

Doll Play: For Boys and Girls!

I am a huge fan of dolls as part of imaginative play. A doll can allow a child to pretend to be an adult or older sibling. Dolls can also be friends and participate in adventures. I have some tips and things to look for when picking a doll for a child in your life.

The Mother of Thanksgiving

Our story begins in 1846, not with Pilgrims and Plymouth but with a single woman. Sarah Josepha Hale was a writer, editor, and mother. And she is the person responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday. Let’s back up just a tiny bit and learn about where Thanksgiving comes from.