How to (birthday) party in 2020

My family just had our first birthday in 2020. This is a year without parties, bounce houses, or adventures. This year, birthdays are something most of us get to spend at home. But, how do you make a child’s birthday special this year?

Summer Fun – Exercise

Normally, I don’t love the word “exercise.” It evokes thoughts of burpees and jogging—both things I will happily never do again. We have always had active summer plans. But, this summer, I am worried about my kids getting enough exercise. I need to make some new plans.

Summer Fun – Art Outside

Creating art is one way to get your child thinking, moving and doing in a different way than usual. Jump into the mess, but do it in the yard! Summer weather means that you can worry less about mess, by using outdoor spaces.

Following Up on Our Kanban Chore Chart

My family has been using our Kanban chore chart for a few weeks now. I thought it was time to give you all an update on how that is going. In general, I am still liking this method better than most chore charts we have tried. However, exactly how well it works, depends on which child we are discussing.

Pectus Excavatum

This post isn’t going to be like my usual posts. I’m not talking about homeschooling or OT or even a parenting tip. I want to take a moment to tell you about my son’s recent surgery. I”m sharing because pectus excavatum is sort of rare, and it was hard to find resources about it.

Make your kids do Hard Stuff

“If it goes great, it will be awesome. And if it doesn’t … It will make a great story!” This is the mantra I’ve raised my oldest child with. Think about it: stories with wrong turns or times when everything went wrong, are the most entertaining ones to tell and hear! And often lead to the best lessons.

Thank you for your struggles!

As my oldest child starts their first college class, I’m feeling stressed. Some teenagers seem to run towards adulthood, college, driving, and jobs with zest. Not my child. Yes, they want to take the class, but still, I am worried.