How to Talk to Kids About Death

tips for talking to kids about death

This summer we had to say goodbye to a very special person in our lives. My Grandma passed away at the end of August. She was 95 (almost 96) and as healthy as anyone could hope to be at that age, but she was aging quickly. This was far from unexpected. For me, her passing was a mix of sadness and relief. I knew she was ready, I knew her body was tired, I knew she had lived a good LONG life. I knew that it was time. There was a sense of relief for us as adults. She went just like she wanted to, living independently until 3 weeks before she died. Surrounded by friends and family. She will be so very missed, but it was time. I found Continue Reading

Super Silly Lunch Box Jokes for Kids

lunch box jokes for kids (with printable)

Last year Big M broke my heart when he asked me not to leave love notes in his lunch box anymore. It's embarrassing and I totally get it. He's getting older (just turned 9 in fact)! But I still wanted to put something special in his lunch, something that let him know I was thinking about him. So I got creative and added lunch box jokes instead. They're fun for all the kids at the lunch table, they let him know that I'm thinking about him and they aren't the least bit embarrassing. Since I've already compiled the list... I thought I'd share it with you! Read through them and then print out the lunch box jokes for kids. I wrote the joke on Continue Reading

Never Too Big…

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Zina from Let's Lasso the Moon is here today and I adore what she has to share with you. It's something I believe so firmly and she's written it so beautifully. Enjoy! The morning weather is starting to cool and, as kids head to back school, this comment starts flying. "They've gotten so big." We begin to see familiar faces at drop-off and first day of school photos popping up on Facebook. Today my friend's daughter started full-time preschool. As a mom, this is a huge milestone. She has greeted the week with mixed emotions. As parents, we have a tendency to try and hold on to "our babies." I admit, when an adorable toddler photo Continue Reading

Rosie Revere, Engineer… Tinkering Station

Tinkering Station for Young Engineers (I want the book!)

I know you are going to love today's guest post! Anne from Left Brain Craft Brain is introducing a new book (yay!) and sharing an idea of how to expand on it. We love it already right? Thanks for inviting me over to A Mom With a Lesson Plan today! I'm excited to share one of our recent book adventures... We've fallen in love with a book called Rosie Revere, Engineer and set up a Tinkering Station to go along with it. (This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for helping support our craft supply budget!) It's an inspiring story about a smart little girl who likes to tinker with trash and make amazing contraptions. But her inventions don't Continue Reading

Color Sorting Activities for Toddlers

color sorting

Please welcome a special guest, Allison McDonald from No Time for Flash Cards. Allison is here to share 7 color sorting activities for toddlers! YAY! Toddlers are my absolute favorite age group. They are an impossibly adorable balance of baby and teenager. They want independence but only when they want it and usually when you don't. What I adore is that they want to know everything, learn everything, and are usually game for any activity you are offering. If your toddler resists activities please don't push, these are just for fun. I gathered together some of my very favorite toddler activities that work on sorting. Sorting is an Continue Reading

17+ Preschool Art Activities

17+ FUN preschool art activities

I have a special surprise for you today. The Artful Parent, Jean Van't Hul is here to share some of her favorite preschool art activities. Enjoy!  Do you have preschoolers or other young children? If so, chances are that you are often on the look-out for fun, hands-on activities to do with them. Creative activities, such as arts and crafts, are excellent choices to slip in between playground visits, pretend play, and regular daily routines. Here are more than 17 super fun preschool art activities from the 20 Moms group of bloggers: Check out the art activities on this list, try one or two of your favorites now, and pin this Continue Reading

“Lunch Box Rules” Every Family Needs!

Lunch box rules

School is right around the corner and so is packing lunches. This year I'll be following some important lunch box rules I learned over the past few years. Follow me to Parents.com to learn more. Then head over to Del Monte's Facebook Page for their Squeeze or Spoon Contest. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Del Monte. The opinions and text are all mine. Continue Reading