Anxiety is part of being human. We all have things we worry about – both rationally and irrationally. Even though adults have more responsibility, kids are susceptible to anxiety, in large part because they have so much less control over their lives than adults do. Other people decide how they will use huge chunks of their time, every single day. Other people decide who they … [Read more...] about Parenting: Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety
A few months ago, Anna started getting upset when her older siblings pulled out their DIY doll houses to play with. Anna had her own set of peg dolls, and the kids were happy to share their houses with her, but she did not like that idea much! We were able to find the same type of birdhouse in our California JoAnn’s store, and for a while she happily used her un-decorated house … [Read more...] about Raising Children: Have you said yes today?
Emma turned eight on Saturday, and we threw a Harry Potter birthday party to celebrate. It was the obvious choice of theme for my daughter, who has read the entire series three times. She had a wonderful time celebrating with her siblings and friends from school! I consider birthday parties to be a wonderful way to celebrate both my children and to express … [Read more...] about Harry Potter Birthday Cake and Party Activities
Seven-year-old Emma recently discovered Bill Waterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. She tried reading it a few months ago, and declared that it made no sense; now she finds it hilarious! It’s funny to see kids grow up and change! Johnny has reminded me of Calvin for quite a while – most especially for his ability to grimace for photographs. Sometimes I catch him off guard: But … [Read more...] about Calvin and Hobbes
2015 update: I reviewed these products two years ago as part of a post for an online store that no longer exists. This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission.! alternaVites Kids Multivitamin This powdered multivitamin is most likely to appeal to kids who like tubes of flavored sugar. My seven-year-old loved them; my … [Read more...] about Going Green for Back to School