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February 07, 2012

 And speaking of House Rules...

I've also been thinking a lot lately about House Rules of a different sort--or, namely, about how they are often not followed at our house, despite having many of them. We had a lot more success with House Rules when the kids were toddlers. Rules like don't touch the outlets, or no climbing on the tables, or don't walk out the front door…

February 06, 2012

I don't often rant about a book I don't like because, as a writer, a part of me is always sensitive to the feelings of the person who wrote the book, even if I will never meet them, and they will never read my rant.  But I've been bothered by a book I finished this past weekend and sometimes when things bother me, they stay with me longer then they should--writing about them is often the only way to send them packing.

A few weeks ago a friend asked me…

January 18, 2012

My son loves Star Wars so for a fun read and spell lesson we did this!

You will need some small poker chips ( dollar store! ), puffy paint , velcro dots, a marker and sentence strips.

Write out character names and other words for the…

January 09, 2012

My daughter eats everything. Well she tries to eat everything- we have a lot of things put up high, in locked cabinets and my son's Lego is behind a big door she can't get open. So crafting with her has been limited to big , non toxic things... until we turned her favorite snack " FEESH FEESH!"  into a lesson in color recognition.

For a similar activity for older kids…

January 08, 2012

Staying active in cold rainy weather isn't easy, well not is you want to stay dry. Here are a few family favorites of ours to get some energy out while keeping your house in one piece.

Bubble Wrap Jumping.

Tape some bubble wrap to the floor, set a timer and see how many pops you hear in a minute. Jumping non stop for a minute even for little kids full of energy…

January 06, 2012

Pretend play is a great way to teach lessons and I love using any sort of buying or selling for teaching about money or math.

We had some extra lollipops after a party and so we made a lollipop shop!

You will need a tray that will let your child sort the coins, some jars, paper, ribbon, a hole punch, and lollipops.

January 03, 2012

I don't know about you but we got a lot of packages at Christmas that included packing peanuts. Well this easy sensory bin uses them for play.

You will need them, some plastic snowflakes ( look in the craft aisle or Christmas clearance…

December 13, 2011

In my continued efforts to cheer up T. (she stayed home from school on Monday) I came home from work and we made these cupcakes, and T. licked the bowl clean. By 5:15 the kitchen smelled heavenly. At 5:30 a friend came by to check up on us. She sniffed the air. "Your house smells divine," she said. Then,

"How's T.?"

"How's Scott?"

"How's Willa…

December 07, 2011

When I posted yesterday's column to my Facebook page I was happy to get quite a bit of feedback/commiseration/perspective back (thank you everyone who posted there, and here, too!). Many parents are struggling with the same issues: trying hard to teach self-motivation to their growing children, making numerous trips up and down stairs to rouse slumbering middle schoolers; cajoling and threatening (and bribing) their kids to get ready on time. I think I was reassured that, for the most part, the type of…

December 06, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I ran into an acquaintance/friend who I used to see more often. Her daughter is a year older than L., and an only child. I mentioned to her how rough the mornings are these days, with the early start time now that L. is in middle school. I told her what a battle it was to get him up and out of bed--it's a two-parent job, for certain (three parents would work even better, if we had another one on hand). I expected her to commiserate--I needed her to commiserate--but instead she told me…