Give them Scissors!

Scissors teach wonderful skills, build the brain and body connection, and prepare kids for real-life problems. Too many parents have told me they were afraid to give their child scissors. Kids need those skills and too many today lack good fine motor skills.

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Homeschooling for the Holidays

Are you on winter break yet? I hope so! Taking a break from normal routines helps you regroup and re-energize. Take a few weeks off during the winter. Make crafts, bake cookies, watch holiday movies and visit family. Those things are just as important as the school work we will pick up again in January. Heres why!

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My Favorite Toys — Board Games for Problem Solving and Strategy

From an OT point of view, board and card games are the best. Games promote fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, planning, social skills, and problem-solving. However, as a mom, some games just aren’t fun for a wide range of ages. Here are my winners–games that work for kids (and adults) of all ages.

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My Favorite Toys — Fidget Toys for Focus and Hand Strength

As an OT, I love the new interest in fidget toys. Many of them promote hand strength, increase a child’s ability to focus for longer and can even help you deal with stress. However, not all fidget toys work for everyone and some work better than others. Here is a list of some of my favorites and why.

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My Favorite Toys — Rock Crayons for Developing Good Pencil Grip

As an occupational therapist, I cringe when I see a child being encouraged to learn to write before they have developed a proper pencil grip. Your child needs to work on developing a grasp that uses the tips of their fingers. Rock Crayons are a great way of helping your young child build the muscle strength needed for a proper pencil grip. And they are fun!

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More than just a Homeschool Mom

When my children were babies I knew how to sit for long periods and just hold them, because that was what they needed. Crochet has helped me to remember how to just sit and be with my children even if they aren’t in my arms anymore. And it has given me a creative outlet to fuel my own personal growth.

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