What To Do When Toddlers Say No – I’ve had good success with this method of offering choices. Another tip that goes hand in hand with this is don’t ask a question with a wrong answer. (ie “Do you want to go now?” (NO!) should be “Do you want to walk to the car or should I carry you?”) I enjoyed an older, related post on toddler discipline as well, except that I do believe time out can be a connected, rather than arbitrary, punishment. But more on that another time.
How to Be a Professional (Mom) – I loved this post on SimpleMom this week. The more I think of motherhood as an actual occupation, the more the idea works for me.
Tall Painting, Tall Town – I’d have to be really brave and put together to try this, but it looks like fun.
Slide Drawing – As in playground, not old folks’ pictures. This is more my style. I’ll probably be hitting up the local elementary school playground sometime to do it.
Painting with Q-tips – Simple and effective. And cheap!
6 Fun Beach Ball Games for Preschoolers – Some are overcomplicated for Monkey, but who doesn’t need more ball play ideas.
Number Playdough Mats – Monkey was crazy for these, since he’s not much into creating actual objects yet. I predict the alphabet ones will hit our table soon.