Food for Thought Friday

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It’s Friday, and this week I have some food for thought on preschool, raising leaders, how to deal with angry children, and tips on getting the kids on your life to listen. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments on these posts! Just a little picture from our winter break in the little snow we could find!  Play Based or Academic Based Preschool? A couple years ago, I went to a playgroup for the first time with my young {Read More}

Out Of The Mouths of Babes

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The week before last I had to take E to her 4-month eye check. My friend went with us to help me with Ev (who likes to hang from all the equipment like a monkey….sigh). It was time for the vision screening so the nurse started putting all these black and white pictures up for E to identify. Have you seen the pictures they use for these eye tests? They are kind of odd. Black and white and slightly….abstract. And {Read More}

50 Ways to Keep Your Toddler or Preschooler Busy on a Plane {or Elsewhere}

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Aloha! This morning, as you read this post, I will be boarding a plane with my family to spend two weeks in paradise! Hawaii here we come! Last time we went to Hawaii, I had a 19 month old and was pregnant with my son. We also had my 14 month old nephew as a fellow traveler. This year, we will have my two kids, 3.5 and 1.5 and my two nephews, 3 and 13 months. Four kids 3.5 and {Read More}

TV Time Chart {FREE Download}

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Before I had kids, I always planned that when I did have them, I would limit their TV time. I never said I wasn’t going to let them have any, I just wanted to be sure they didn’t get a ton. I am not one that thinks TV is the devil…well not exactly anyway. I am one that believes strongly in moderation. For the most part, I want my kids to be playing, drawing, painting, creating, or reading and not {Read More}

What Your Toddler REALLY Needs to Learn {HINT: You Don’t Need Any of Those “Educational Toys”}

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Have you been to a toddler’s birthday party recently? Have you been there to watch the birthday boy or girl open the presents? (Ok…let’s face it….often it’s the parents opening the presents…but I digress…) If so…You have probably seen them. The bright, talking, light up, toys that move and sing. “Activity tables” and “books” and pull toys…even stacking toys, rattles, teethers, and balls….all that are hard, plastic, and make noise. Yes, even the teethers are “educational.” Aren’t teethers supposed to {Read More}

One of Our Favorite “Toys” on a Rainy Day

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All of a sudden…it’s raining. After a very dry winter, spring has finally brought us rain! I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE rain. I always have. I am an odd one who gets all excited when I wake up to clouds and gloom. Except that this time the rain has come and  ruined our plans two weekends in a row. Sigh. Last weekend we made use of the rain and got a TON of spring cleaning done around the house (did {Read More}

Peyton and the 1000 Paper Cranes

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Today I want to share something that has nothing to do with speech and language, education, or crafty fun…I want to share an incredible story with you. One that gives me hope that there really are kind, caring, selfless people in this world. I won’t lie, there is great sadness in this story, but also hope. With permission, I am reposting what my friend Kristen posted on her Facebook page on the afternoon of December 7th. I only edited for {Read More}

The Potty Watch: My New Favorite Item

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I’ll be honest, I was not looking forward to potty training. I mean, honestly changing diapers was FINE with me…but I knew we needed to do it eventually. Last summer (2010) while in Hawaii, E was showing interest in the potty (at 21 months) so we bought her a potty when we got home and just set it up for her with no pressure. We got all excited and talked about going in the potty, etc. And eventually she started {Read More}

Seeing The World Through Their Eyes…

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Tonight on the way up the stairs for the nightly before-bed-diaper-change, I stopped for a moment to just watch my son take in his world. Ev loves climbing up the stairs, a simple everyday task that most of us don’t think twice about. But not Ev. He likes to stop about 3/4 of the way up, and tries to stick his head between the slats.  And then he starts to giggle and giggle and giggle. Tonight, I caught him looking {Read More}