Category Archives: Parental Motivators

Saturday Links – Stress-Free Parenting and Conversations About Drawing

Theory Links

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.

 

Activity Links

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”.

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Saturday Links – Tips for Broadening Play and Button Snakes

Theory Links

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).

Activity Links

Button Snakes – Simple, yet effective.  I will be building some of these soon.

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Filed under Couponing/Money Saving, Parental Motivators, Preschooler (3 yrs - 5 yrs), Saturday Five, Toddler (18 mos - 3 yrs), Travel

Saturday Links – Dealing with No and New Painting Ideas

Theory Links

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.

Activity Links

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.

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Filed under Discipline, Parental Motivators, Preschooler (3 yrs - 5 yrs), Saturday Five, Toddler (18 mos - 3 yrs)