Life Skills for Kids: Window Shopping

Window shopping is an important skill that canl help your kids throughout their lives. Here are simple ways to teach kids to admire, not buy.

Do your kids know how to window shop? I mean real window shopping, where they can wander through a store full of things they want, admire things in the store, and leave without asking for anything? Since first world countries surround people – including children – with ads telling them they need, need, need, I […]

Ready to Learn: Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

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Today is my final post for this year’s Get Ready for Kindergarten Through Play series, and I’m talking about simple things you can do to send your child off to kindergarten ready to learn! Getting your child ready for kindergarten can feel daunting (speaking from experience), but a little preparation really does go a long […]

Speech Delays and Speech Therapy Resources for Parents

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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, in a way. […]

Nurturing Creativity: Time, Space, and Respect

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I have discovered three key ingredients for nurturing creativity – in children and adults. To be creative, we all need time, space, and respect. Last year I bought these wooden bird houses for my kids to turn into doll houses. My kids enjoyed the activity, but they kept their houses very simple. Lily actually refused […]

Summer Fun for Kids from Crayon Box Chronicles

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Heather of Crayon Box Chronicles beautiful baby girl Savannah Hope was born earlier this month, after two in-utero surgeries. She has had a third surgery since birth for CDH, and she and her family are taking life one day at time. I’m joining a group of bloggers who are showing support through donations, fundraising, and […]

Hooray for Dads!

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Happy Father’s Day! I am grateful to be married to a guy who is an awesome dad. Mike’s goofy sense of humor was one of the first things that caught my eye, and our kids love it as well. He understands the importance of hugs, storytelling, and spending time together as a family. Mike loves […]