Paper golf is a fun game for kids you can play anywhere! All you need is a pencil and sheet of paper.

Quick and Easy Games for Kids: Paper Golf

Thanks for sharing! Paper golf is a fun game for kids you can play anywhere! All you need is a pencil and sheet of paper. I came up with this simple game one afternoon to entertain the kids, and they loved it. I made you a printable to get you started, but once you have […]

Choosing Home: On Staying Home, Raising Children, and Changing the World. A collection of essays from mothers who left careers to stay home.

On Staying Home, Raising Children, and Changing the World

Thanks for sharing! Nine years ago, I finished my Ph.D. I was a bright-eyed 26-year-old with the world at my feet, and many were surprised (some offended) when I chose raising children over a career. I was throwing away my future and wasting opportunities. I had done a great job of balancing a difficult pregnancy […]

Montessori-inspired Hands-on-Prints books for kids

Montessori-Inspired Hands-on-Prints Books for Kids

Thanks for sharing! I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate my review. We were recently sent some Hands-on-Prints books to review, and today I am featuring two of our favorites. These books were created by Christina Cheung after establishing a Montessori school celebrating differences […]

Why I love yard sales

Thanks for sharing! Total MSRP: $135.00 Total paid: $11.50 A few of the Melissa & Doug blocks are missing, but do I really need more wooden blocks to pick up?

Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids: Jingle Bells

Thanks for sharing! For some reason snow makes me think of bells – maybe because I read the “Little House on the Prairie” books so much as a kid and they have sleighbells on their winter sleighs? We had a big snowstorm this weekend, and all the snow put me in the mood for bell-oriented […]

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Plant Science for Kids: Plants and sunlight

Thanks for sharing! Our summer gardening experiment has led to several questions about plants. I explained that plants get energy from the sun, and designed this simple experiment to teach my kids how important the sun is to plants. Plant Science for Kids: Plants and sunlight For this experiment, we put a tomato seedling in […]

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Speech Delays and Speech Therapy Resources for Parents

Thanks for sharing! Three of my four children have had speech delays that required speech therapy. My third child, Lily, was an early talker who uses words beautifully and clearly – until she is upset or stressed, when her typically articulate speech turns into an incomprehensible mumble. So speech is difficult for her as well, […]

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Using Pretend Play to Conquer Fear

Thanks for sharing! My two-year-old daughter thinks a lot. She likes to understand everything, and when she is confronted with new experiences – that she can’t understand as well because they are new – she can become anxious or upset. Pretend play is one of the best tools we have found for helping her to […]

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Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Thanks for sharing! I adore pumpkin pancakes, and I tweaked several recipes until I worked something out that I really liked. We often put chocolate chips in ours because I adore chocolate (the ones in this photo have them), but my eight-year-old prefers hers plain. These pancakes have no added sugar (unless you add chocolate […]

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Children Need Free Time

Thanks for sharing! As parents, it is easy to worry about providing children with resources, but free time is the best possible resource you can provide for your child – and it is free! Children need free time to explore their world, develop ideas, and understand things that they observe. Giving kids free time is […]

Drama helps kids develop empathy, focus, self-expression, and teamwork through safe risk taking. Learn all about these five reasons drama is great for kids!

Five Reasons Drama is Great for Kids

Thanks for sharing! One of the things I really love about my kids’ current school is the after school drama program. It’s a very low-key program that my kids love, and I see so many benefits! Five Reasons Drama is Great for Kids Self-expression A couple of my kids struggle with speaking loudly, and there […]