One of the most important things to me is spending quality time with my girls, and playtime is the perfect time for that. It builds and strengthens our relationship while they’re learning. Block toys are one of our favorite toys. The girls love building and creating new shapes, and I love knowing that while they’re playing, they’re also growing in all developmental
Nobody becomes a parent thinking I’m going to yell at my child. But as our children get older, they become less of the angelic baby that can do no wrong. They become tantruming toddlers, backtalking preteens, they push our buttons, and test their limits, and we yell. We yell to get them to listen and behave, and then it can start to become a habit, and something we begin to rely on way too much.
We don’t want to yell, but our children are leaving us no other option, right?
It can get really hot in the summer here (like up to 120 degrees hot), so on those days, we tend to stay inside and do crafts. This paper plate suncatcher craft is the perfect way to incorporate the summer sun into our day without actually having to go out in the sun, by hanging it in the window to see the sun shine through the colors.
For Iris’s 1st birthday in May (how has it already been almost 2 months?), we threw her a Garden Party. I mean, with a name like “Iris”, how could we not? For the party favors, we gave the guests iris bulbs in little flower posts that they could take home and plant in their gardens. We added garden-y touches around the house/yard with watering cans and ceramic pots. And for food we offered
Summer is here! Woohoo! I used to not be a huge summer fan because of the heat, but since having kids I’ve grown to love summer. It’s so much fun with kids! Below is a list of our favorite free things to do as a family in the summer. We’ll definitely be checking each off our summer bucket list.
It’s caterpillar season at our house. We’ve been finding them crawling around all over the backyard, so I wanted to come up with a fun craft to do with Hazel (age 2 1/2). I dug through our craft closet and came up with this paper towel roll craft. My youngest just turned 1 and wants to do everything her big sister does, so I made a version of this craft that she could enjoy too 🙂
We’ve been looking into/touring/interviewing several preschools in our area to try to find the best one that aligns with what we believe (and studies show) to be the best for her development. But it can be so hard to get a good feel for a preschools philosophies when you’re only there for a short time, so I had 5 key questions I asked each preschool to help me determine
“Play is a child’s work”. It’s one of my most favorite quotes and the belief of most early childhood educators. Play promotes fine and gross motor skills, language, socialization, personal awareness, emotional well-being, creativity, problem solving, and learning. It also develops curiosity and a sense of wonder within our children, which will
I love coming up with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day crafts that young kids can do that are things moms and dad will use and enjoy. Not just something that will get put in a memory box and eventually thrown in the trash. I still have last
Hard Boiled Eggs
Cody will be working a lot leading up to Easter so he’s going to miss all the Easter egg dying fun (luckily he won’t miss the egg hunt), so we decided to dye eggs early so that he could be a part of it. I wanted Iris to be able to dye the eggs too, so we opted for a mess-free option that even an 11 month old could do. And let’s be