Teaching Kids Responsibility (while making your life easier!)

3 tips for teaching kids responsibility (while making your life easier.... shhh!)

Our family has been extremely busy. Hubby and I are self-employed and still in the building phase of our businesses. That means a lot of extra hours.  Add that to a super fun summer bucket list begging to be used, and we don't have much time (or energy) for family chores. We've been giving the kids more and more responsibility in our daily chores. Of course, teaching the kids responsibility is awesome, but it also helps us out a ton. (Win win!) Teaching Kids Responsibility by Including Them in the Process Problem #1: Folding laundry was a four-step process. Laundry is one of my least favorite things to do. Handing over part of that Continue Reading

Limiting Screen Time for Kids – Why, How To, and What Now

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I'm re-posting this screen time for kids post because I needed to read it. (It originally appeared October 20, 2012). These first few weeks of summer have been pretty intense around here. My husband and I are both self employed. Both of our business seem to be taking off right now. YAY! It's great news, but that leaves me with scrambling for work time. What's been happening because of this need to work? I started out allowing way more screen time than I'm comfortable with. Enter the begging, the endless vegging, the "I just want to lay down" pleas. So I pulled up this post, read through it and decided that if I needed... perhaps you do to. I Continue Reading

Generation Grit – Character and Adventure Doll for Boys!

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Today's post is a little different. I received an email describing a brand new product for kids that I am beyond excited about! It combines pretend play and reading.... and it's made for BOYS! In our group of friends and family, girls far out number the boys. In fact Big M is almost always the only boy. He manages just fine and even seems to enjoy it most of the time. He's figured out how to connect with each of them through building, art or outdoor play. But there is one area that's tricky. When all of the girls get out their dolls, he's left out. He's tried borrowing a doll but he doesn't connect with any of the characters (since Continue Reading

10 Incredible Outdoor Activities that will Get Kids Moving and Learning

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The weather is gorgeous right now, perfect for playing outside all day. Letting the kids play, run and explore is always at the top of our outdoor activities list. Providing them with extra learning experiences is important too. I'm a firm believer that kids learn more when their bodies are moving. Outdoor play is perfect for combining movement and learning. I went straight to my Outdoors with Kids Pinterest board for ideas. 10 Incredible Outdoor Activities that will Get Kids Moving and Learning Backyard Target Practice - Kids Activities Blog. All you need is a Nerf gun, some toilet paper rolls and markers. Balance Practice Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Summer

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How is your summer going so far? Ours has involved way too much yelling and nagging from me. YUCK! Whenever I get into one of these not so great cycles I know it's time for a reboot. Once I'm on a positive (and patient) page, the entire house seems to settle into a more cooperative and happy place. Luckily I know right were to turn... ... and I'm inviting you along. On July 9th at 6pm PST (9pm EST) I'll be hosting a FREE Positive Parenting Solutions Webinar by Amy McCready. You and I (and a few hundred of our closest friends. :D ) will be sitting comfortably in our own living rooms and getting access to Amy McCready herself. The Continue Reading

Parts of a Butterfly Dice Game

Parts of a butterfly  - fun dice game for learning about butterfly parts  (6)

I'm excited to introduce Cassidy to you today. She's sharing a fun dice game (and free printable) about the parts of a butterfly. We have had some experience with the butterfly life cycle and butterfly books this spring... so it's perfect timing for us and hopefully for you as well. After reading this make sure to check out Cassidy's site Freshly Planted. We have been especially fascinated with butterflies around here since ours hatched and flew away a couple weeks ago. While my kids have always noticed butterflies, now they want to know all about them. So we’ve been getting books from the library and watching videos online. These are Continue Reading

DIY Lego Challenge Games – Perfect Time Filler

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Carolyn from The Pleasantest Thing is here today talking about something I know we all love. Lego activities for kids! Along with really great Lego ideas Carolyn shares wonderful playful learning ideas. Make sure to check out her site.   I'm excited to be posting here! LEGO activities are a favorite at my house, and I love all the LEGO ideas Jillian shares! LEGO challenge games are one of our favorite boredom busters. They are require very little setup and they are always a hit with my kids. You can get copies of my free LEGO challenge printables to use in the game, but it's also easy to make your own. You can just write them down on Continue Reading