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”.
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.
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.