Is Stress-Free Parenting Possible? – Yes, and yes.
Reflecting on How I Spend My Days – Amen to this list of ways to keep your days as a toddler parent joyful, rather than sad.
10 Ways to Make Your Homeschool Run Smoothly – If you’re not into the homeschooling vibe, don’t be put off. I find that homeschooling blogs are a great source for general, organized parenting tips. Sure, some of this may not apply, but a lot of these are a huge part of making anyone’s day run smoothly.
Making Shapes – Beautifully simple homemade toy (popsicle sticks + velcro stickers) with huge potential.
Kids Art: Conversations About Drawing – I’m at this point with Monkey’s fine motor skills. This is a good technique for dealing with the frustration of “not being able to do it”.
Video: Are Your Family’s Routines Working? – This is exactly why we have routines for everything in our house. Routines = expected, planned good times. Lack of routines = panicky, chaotic frustration.
Video: Baby Teamwork – I’m working hard on letting my kids solve their own problems more. When things like this happen spontaeously between a 1- and almost-3-year-old, it shocks me. Check it out.
One-Sided Parental Vigilance – Although I’m not on the food hypervilance wagon, I have to agree that I would like to see more studies about kids and media characters. Not all character play is bad, mind you–I spent a good portion of my childhood playing Sound of Music with a certain friend. But it makes me sad when young kids are totally addicted to characters on everything they own by age 3. Childhood (and adulthood) should be a little less branded.
Floor Block Puzzles – I really like the idea of free form puzzles. Sort of an easy introduction to tangrams.
Display Seasonal Books on a Stuffed Animal Chain – Good enough to go in the family room, I say.
Fun Leaf Projects for Kids – A plethora of ideas for fall themed crafts. I’m really loving the leaf mobile.
Are My Kids Already Over-Scheduled? – A great self-analysis post, with two great lists of 1) the reasons we overschedule our kids (and why they aren’t necessarily good reasons) and 2) the things that do increase our children’s happiness. BTW, Raising Happiness is a great blog which I think all parents should follow for a serious reality check.
As Recently as 1979, A First Grader Could… – Another eye-opener from Free-Range Kids. It makes me sad that parents prevent their kids from doing simple things which are, in any sane reality, completely safe. Guess I’m really on a freedom-for-children kick this week.
Candy Crayons – I share this on the condition that no one nearby is allow to make these until I find something to make them for. Got it?
Save time while folding laundry: fold it inside-out – While the OCD freak in me shudders at inside out clothing, this post deserves to be shared if only because it turns “Let the wookiee win” into a parenting philosophy. LOVE.
Infant Sleep “Rules” Don’t Work – The title’s a little misleading, since it’s not saying that techniques don’t do anything. It’s simply saying that your attitude towards the child matters most of all (which is advice you’ll find in most sleep books).
The Top Five Formula Feeding Myths, Debunked – As a formula feeder myself, I have certainly been (unintentionally) hurt by a lot of lactivist comments. I think every mother should know the truth and get their facts straight, whether you breastfeed or not.
Dealing with Diaper Changing Disasters – Some good go-to places for the stage Sailor’s currently in, where a diaper change is the worst thing that ever happened to him. Some of this advice seems to have worked over the past few weeks, so we’ll see how it goes.
Duplo Printing – We loved painting with cars so this is the next logical step. What other plastic toys can I hit up?
Constructive Eating – I have to wonder if this would make dinner take more or less time. I think some modified “pusher” tool should become the fourth official utensil, because really, spoons can be tricky devils.
Fun Uses for Kool-Aid – Because at $.10 a pop, you can always use more.
Table manners come more easily when practicing them becomes a game – So obvious. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to compete.
But My Child Doesn’t Like to Play _______ – I totally have experience with this. In order to get Monkey to play anything new, I have to incorporate the alphabet. Driving cars in letter shapes, building letters out of Legos, making food into letters . . . I appreciated the additional ideas for broadening my son’s play.
Modeling Healthy Technology Use – If you have a smartphone, this is for you.
21 Reasons to Travel Around the World with Kids . . . From Those Who Have Done It – These reasons are part of why I’m looking into travel hacking (a natural extension of couponing :D).
Button Snakes – Simple, yet effective. I will be building some of these soon.