Let’s Play! Why your child needs to play instead of work.

Some children seem to be born ready to play from the moment they learn to crawl. But what if you have a child that doesn’t seem to know how? What if they ask you to play too? What if you feel like your child needs a bit of a push towards play time? Here’s my guide to how, and why, you can create more play in your home.

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.

Asking for Help – Parenting at Its Finest

“Can you help me?” might be the start of some of my best parenting moments. It lets my child see themselves as important. “Mom is asking me for help, not anyone else!” Using this phrase, my kids have attempted all kinds of new activities, knowing they had my support.

Halloween at Home! No problem!

So, many of us won’t be doing our usual Halloween parties and Trick or Treating this year. However, that doesn’t mean that the holiday is canceled. It just means we need to find different ways to enjoy it.

Focus On Their Strengths!

A few years ago I saw a quote that really stuck with me. “If a child is poor in math but good at tennis, most people would hire a math tutor. I would rather hire a tennis coach.” This struck me because I have a child who is dyslexic. The struggle to learn to read had taken up hours and hours with little progress.

Write Your Own Parenting Handbook

Are you tired of hearing about tons of theories of parenting from all those expensive books and experts? I’m going to tell you right now, how to write a book that will make you a better parent, possibly, the best parent you can be.

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.