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Tips for a Smooth Back to School Transition

Tips for a Smooth Back to School Transition

The new school year is quickly approaching, if it hasn’t started already in your state. With a new school year comes a time of adjustment, even for home schoolers like us. Adjusting to a new schedule, a new level of work, a new teacher, etc., can be difficult for both...
The Importance of Pretend Play Tea Parties

The Importance of Pretend Play Tea Parties

Did you have pretend play tea parties as a child? I have vague memories of playing tea party with my sister and stuffed animals and dolls, and I love watching my kids play! In Britain, you can wear fancy hats to High Tea. My kids aren’t big on hats, but my girls think...
Ideas for Hosting a Doll Party

Ideas for Hosting a Doll Party

Do your kids play with dolls? Mine do, too. For a fun afternoon, and to encourage creativity in a new direction, design your own doll outfits. Provide your kids with some basic supplies and see what kind of outfits they can dream up! Then, suggest that the dolls wear...
Six Benefits of Free Play For Children

Six Benefits of Free Play For Children

Structured activities are important for building developmental skills in children. They teach children how to follow rules and routines, and provide growth opportunities for motor and social skills. However, between play dates, piano lessons and soccer practice, we...
5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

I am not a  professional photographer but, I do love taking pictures of my children, and know that someday these pictures will remind them of fun memories and the love that we have for each other.  Let’s face it, though. Taking pictures of kids is HARD! They don’t sit...

Tummy Time Tips

Tummy time is an activity pediatricians encourage parents to do with their newborns and infants. Over the years, I’ve found that parents don’t always understand why the activity is so important. This combined with the fact that babies initially resist...
How to Survive a Road Trip with Kids!

How to Survive a Road Trip with Kids!

This Memorial Day, our family decided to take a long road trip! I was a bit nervous about traveling with the two girls (Lori, 4 years and Julie, 18 months). We don’t have a mini-van or fancy backseat DVD players; we just have our trusty sedan. But with some advance...
Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

I love getting my kids outside! They get exercise, the house stays cleaner, and they rarely argue! Here are some of my favorite ways to keep kids busy and active outdoors! 1. Channel classic games: My kids really enjoy Paddle Tether Ball. We also play kick ball,...
Teaching Kids Independence

Teaching Kids Independence

I’ve been thinking a lot about teaching kids independence lately. With four children aged seven and under, I need my children to be as self-sufficient as possible – and I know that they are happier being able to do more on their own as well. I’ve learned that we have...
5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

Sometimes the simplest toys are the most fun and educational. Classic wooden building blocks are no exception. But when we received our set of Maxville Blocks, we knew they were anything but ordinary. ALEX Toys took their wooden building blocks above and beyond the...
Get Dressed with Success!

Get Dressed with Success!

Lately my 4 year old, Lori, has insisted on picking out and putting on her outfits all by herself. Sometimes she actually puts together an outfit that matches and looks half-decent, and sometimes… not so much! As she has gotten older she has become more and more...
5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

Sometimes parents just want to dine out for a change of pace and a break from cooking, but with young kids it can be a daunting thought. Fear of the dreaded melt down, thrown food, and top of the lungs “talking” are all reasons why some parents avoid taking the...
Fun Ideas for Bad Weather and Sick Kids

Fun Ideas for Bad Weather and Sick Kids

There are two times when I find parenting particularly challenging: dark, gloomy days that my kids and I are tempted to reflect in our moods and that period of illness where a child is too sick to go to school but not quite sick enough to simply rest. Here are my...
Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Kids

Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Kids

Creative thinking is so important for a child’s development, therefore encouraging it is a core feature in my parenting strategy. Creativity has more benefits than I can count, but here are few, and also some tips on how you can build it into your daily lives....
Inspiring Creativity Through Artisitic Expression

Inspiring Creativity Through Artisitic Expression

I have been taking and posting a photo every day for seven straight years. This project has been a way for me to not only document the events of my family but to express my creativity. Creativity is what I want to help cultivate and stimulate in my children. A big...