A cool September breeze blows across the playground as I sit on a bench staring at the brightly colored equipment, lost in thought. At this park, time stands still, at least in my mind. [Read more…] about At This Park…
The spring sun beat in through the walls of the tent and birds chirped loudly. My two boys climbed over me, requesting chocolate milk and urgently expressing their need to pee. I put on my glasses and glanced at my phone for a time check.
5:30 am. oy!
It’s one thing to keep them occupied and quiet on a weekend at home while my husband sleeps in, but 5:30 am in the great outdoors while camping at a campground with “quiet hours” until 8am? That’s a whole new challenge. At least at home you can turn on the TV and doze on the couch while they gorge on cartoons and tablet time. But what can keep two loud, rambunctious boys occupied for hours while the rest of the campground sleeps? [Read more…] about 21 Card Games Kids Love
The Summer Olympics will be here again before you know it, and with it, an opportunity for our kids to learn about new sports and have a little fun while they do it. My 6 & 4 year old boys are still a little young for many of the math and science applications of sports, even simple things like calculating speed, determining the best angles for goal scoring, and exploring physics topics like drag in the water for swimming. [Read more…] about Olympic Sports STEAM: Backyard Target Shooting
Growing up, I hiked a lot. I spent a lot of time in nature, exploring the woods near my grandfather’s cabin, on organized hikes with my Girl Scout Troop, and even longer day hikes with extended family members. When I had kids, I knew that instilling a love of nature and the quiet solitude of the woods in my boys needed to be an important priority in my parenting. [Read more…] about Hiking With Kids
I’m expecting a third baby soon and with every pregnancy I find myself reflecting on my parenting choices. What did I do right? What can I improve? I also know that even though I’ve done this twice, I’ve never parented a newborn with an elementary student and a preschooler before. I’ve parented a toddler and a newborn before, but now the game is different. The rules and the playing field have changed. Still, there’s one thing I won’t compromise in our bedtime routine. [Read more…] about The One Thing I Don’t Compromise in Our Bedtime Routine
It’s all over the news again. This time, a 13 year old girl murdered by college students she met on an online app called Kik. A mother’s worst nightmare. The college students painted as “good, smart kids” with everything going for them. The story brings up so many questions and makes the task of keeping our kids safe online seem virtually impossible. [Read more…] about Keeping Kids Safe Online
Kindness matters. It really does. With all of the negativity in the world and on social media, frustration with our kids driving us crazy, stress over completing a to-do list or paying the bills on time, it’s easy to forget sometimes. But kindness matters. [Read more…] about Ways to Show Kindness and Build Connection With Out of State Relatives
In my nearly six years as a mom, “Let’s Play Restaurant” stands the test of time. So it always makes my list of go-to activities for indoor play. It works for kids of multiple ages and can evolve as kids get older to incorporate more skills. There’s just so much to learn while playing restaurant. [Read more…] about Let’s Play Restaurant
I don’t know about you but my son comes home from Kindergarten famished. He wants a snack the minute he walks through the door and then continually, like a chain-snacker until I say no or put dinner on the table.This is not only annoying, but expensive and not exactly healthy. I already put in the time raising my kids to love vegetables, but lately, I stopped offering them as often as I should. [Read more…] about How To Cut Back on Pre-Dinner Snacking
Can kids learn to code before they can read or write? Absolutely! Does that sound crazy, or even a bit unnecessary to you? I admit, at first I thought it did. Then I started exploring the world of coding with my kids, instead of just dabbling around on my computer alone, and wow! We’re totally hooked. [Read more…] about Learning Code for Preschoolers Without a Computer
Before I had kids, I swore my kids would never sleep in my bed. For any reason. I just wouldn’t let them. End of story. I knew the difficulty of breaking bad habits, so I drew a line and vowed to never start it in the first place. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that getting kids to sleep in their own beds doesn’t happen easily, or overnight. So I came up with a simple trick to keep your child out of your bed and reclaim it for yourself. [Read more…] about A Simple Trick to Keep Your Child Out of Your Bed
My 3 year old actually fell asleep for nap, I had a to-do list a mile long, and my 5 year old kept begging me to play with him. Does this scenario happen in your house too? I needed to come up with an activity on the fly to keep him occupied, so I got out some paper plates, markers, and printer paper and this backyard pirate treasure hunt was born. [Read more…] about Backyard Pirate Treasure Hunt
It came and went in the blink of an eye. The last summer before my oldest son started Kindergarten. I dreamed and planned to fill it with morning art projects, leisurely bike rides at the park, picnics, road trips to the beach and children’s museums, hikes to look for geocaches, play dates with friends, impromptu water gun battles, fruit picking… all of the things we did together and loved to fill our days before we had obligations like school to keep us on a schedule. [Read more…] about The Summer Before the First Day of Kindergarten
Anger is a normal human emotion, but such a hard one to handle, isn’t it? I never thought I was an especially angry person. I mean, sure I felt impatient a lot and I could be pretty stubborn, but angry? Nah, that wasn’t me.
I must have gotten really good at hiding it, even from myself. Because it’s totally normal to get angry and frustrated from time to time, especially if you have kids. [Read more…] about 5 Unexpected Ways to Lighten the Mood When Anger Strikes
Looking for an easy math lesson that your kids will love? Try this Penny Candy Store to teach kids the value of money. It’s a fun and really easy way to work math into your every day conversation. Candy is one of my favorite tools for math and we’ve done several activities that involve using candy for counting and sorting.
There’s so much nostalgia for the decade I grew up in. Everyone’s lamenting how we had it so much better in our youth. In some ways, we did, but there’s so much opportunity and potential for my kids now that didn’t exist back then. [Read more…] about Teach Kids the Value of Money With Penny Candy
Of all of the places I’ve taken the kids in the last 5 years, water parks rank at the top for the most stressful. It’s like they were invented to give moms anxiety. When I was a kid, nothing was better than going to an amusement park in my bathing suit and playing in the water all day long at the water park section. Now, not so much. [Read more…] about A Fun Day at the Water Park Tips and Tricks
Kids find everything about camping fun and exciting, even chores! My kids are non-stop on our heels the minute we pull into the camping spot asking a million questions and that’s the perfect opportunity to put them to work. [Read more…] about Fun Jobs and Chores for Kids at the Campsite
My kids are really into Star Wars and the show Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. I often find them pretending to be a Jedi and wanting to play Star Wars with other kids too. I’ve wanted to do some pool noodle ideas for awhile, so I picked up a few at the dollar store to make some pool noodle light sabers. [Read more…] about Pool Noodle Light Sabers
Looking for a way to keep kids busy and cool this summer? Try this ice excavation activity. It just takes a little prep to freeze the Lego Mini figures completely. I’ve seen this activity online many times, with various different types of toys inside the ice. [Read more…] about Rescue the Lego Men: Ice Excavation Activity
A lot of people tell me they get overwhelmed by the amount of planning and preparation that goes into a family camping trip. While a little prep does go a long way, I want you to know you don’t have to go all out, over the top crazy with the planning to have a fun and memorable trip. [Read more…] about Entertaining Kids While Camping With Simple Play Ideas
Engineering and technology fascinates me. I pin a lot of articles about Tinkering on my Science Pinterest board and I’m enthralled by the Maker Movement. I see tons of different experiments and engineering challenges and I really wish I could come up with them on my own to share with my kids. Sadly, engineering is not one of my core strengths. [Read more…] about Inspire Future Engineers With MakerStudio Engineering Toys
In my last post, I explained why you would want to have a Master Spreadsheet, and 4 other spreadsheets you’ll want to set up for your blog right away. You don’t want to miss it, so click here to read it. Then come back here for instructions on how to set it up. [Read more…] about How to Set Up a Master Spreadsheet Using IFTTT
This weekend we went camping and I started teaching my kids some easy card games. Except, for a 3 & 5 year old, holding a massive hand of cards, like you need to do in Go Fish, is no easy task. So, I put on my thinking cap and came up with this dirt cheap and ridiculously easy DIY. [Read more…] about Make a DIY Card Holder for Kids
Every time we went on a Girl Scout hike, we packed GORP. What is GORP you ask? Good Old Raisins and Peanuts.
It’s that simple.
It’s that easy to make GORP. [Read more…] about How to Make Gorp: A Great Snack for Hiking
Does the mere thought of trying to get out of the house on time make you want to pull out your hair? Or maybe you’re perpetually late every time you need to be somewhere with the kids?
I get it. That used to be me too. [Read more…] about Tips to Master Your Morning Routine and Get Out the Door With Kids in Tow