Tag Archives: parents

12 Heartwarming Picture Books for Kids and Parents

2 May

 

Von SzabaLet’s be honest, parents. We’re the ones reading the picture books. Shouldn’t we be enjoying them, too?

My heart does a little flitter-flutter when my kid grab the following books off the shelf. All of them would make great gifts for new parents, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and kids’ birthdays, too.

Long live the heartwarming picture book! Continue reading

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Parenting Under the Influence

24 Mar

 

Photo by Shannon Kringen, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Shannon Kringen, Flickr Creative Commons

As more people are having kids later in life, many find themselves navigating the unchartered waters of parenting without the guidance of their own parents to help light the way.

When I lost my adored mother-in-law, Sue, and grandmother-in-law, Shirley, mere months after having my first child, the thought of raising my daughter without them was, well, incomprehensible.

But the other day, as I was booking a theatre class for my toddler, I realized: I am parenting under the influence…

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Free Seattle: Parades

13 Mar

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Did you know parades were originally a chance for rulers to display their military might and authority?

Eventually they became associated with festivals and holidays. People used them for a chance to socialize, witness a spectacle, and have fun (as they still do).

They say the original Macy’s Day Parade (1924) was the first to use blatant advertising. I would argue the aforementioned rulers were using it for their own “advertising” long before that. But I degress…

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Old School vs. New School

3 Feb

HackSchooling_ObstacleCourseWould you be brave enough to try this “new school” idea with your kids? When you were a kid, do you think you would’ve been driven and interested enough to stick with it yourself?

When it comes to education, what would you say are the pros and cons of old school vs. new school, or as this boy calls it “hackschooling”?

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Drawing Games

18 Nov

Drawing GamesI’ll never forget the first time I realized my toddler has actually drawn a… thing.

Since then, I’ve been tracking down fun ways to help her get creative and practice her hand-eye coordination.

It’s never too early to prep her for epic video game nights, right?

Here are a few of our favorites drawing games. What are yours? Continue reading

Indoor Picnic

16 Sep

TablePicnic4Stuck inside? Missing summer already? Head under your table. That’s right.

Spread out a blanket under your table, and have an indoor picnic! Continue reading

Chalkboard Paint

19 Aug

Have an unused wall or side of a cupboard in your kitchen? Try a little chalkboard paint for added interest, usefulness, and fun.

Our toddler particularly likes her new creative play area on the other side of our fridge. We hung a Continue reading