Make Your Own Day

Any big plans for Father’s Day? I’m going to be honest… My Mother’s Day wasn’t very good this year. The four year old seemed rather on a mission to make my life miserable. I didn’t take it personally. Toddlers have those days. It’s tough figuring out the world and your place in it. Sometimes even we adults … More Make Your Own Day

Countdown

It’s the holiday equivalent to the car chorus, “Are we there yet?” Is it [insert special occasion] yet? Let’s face it. Kids have a different sense of time than us, and understandably so. Think about how long one month is as a percentage of their entire existence, compared to ours as adults. Now perhaps you … More Countdown

Helicopter S.O.S.

I sat poised on the edge of my chair, a whispered plea in my throat. The bridal party stretched before me, picture-perfect, words of promise and endearment mingling with the buzz of bumblebees courting lavender. Meanwhile, two pint-size pink puffs frolicked stage right, giggling with the effort to leap and pluck leaves from a silently … More Helicopter S.O.S.

The 4 Pillars of Play

When I worked at Cranium, I learned a lot about Dr. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory. It stressed that there are multiple ways to be “smart,” beyond standardized tests for verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematic skills. Gardner demonstrated that humans actually have eight intelligences: