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.
Going Against a Toddler’s Will – Can I just say that I am so happy that someone linked me up with this blog? Her writing in consistently on par. Excellent points about necessities vs. like-to’s and being willing to make your kid cry if necessary. More about that later this week when I review the book on which her philosophy is based, Dear Parent.
10 Ideas for Creating a Sense of Family Heritage – I have totally been thinking about doing #7 for a while. (And I thought I was so unique for thinking of it.) Guess this is another hint that I should get cracking writing these books. Plus they’ll make great Christmas gifts for cousins.
Spaghetti and Play-doh = A Very Fun Match – When I first saw the title, I thought about cooked spaghetti. Totally wouldn’t work.
Activities for Melissa and Doug Lacing Beads
Alphabet Rocks – Hello! Totally cute, nature-y, and educational? 100% there.
Icy Play on a Very Hot Day
Plane Travel Sanity Laws: For the Insane Traveling Families – Loved this super detailed post on plane travel! I could have written it myself. I always forget about the bassinet thing; I’ll have to try that sometime.
Doing Everything right is an Unrealistic Goal – Just a reminder, guys.
Put your random bag collection to work by creating “activity totes” – Parent Hacks, I’m so already there. I have a park bag (towel for wet slides, waterproof blanket, sunscreen, bandaids), a library bag, and a couple quiet activity bags for my son to pull out when Mommy’s doing chores. Scroll to the comments for a great idea on helping the homeless (with tote bags!).
Treasure Baskets for Babies – I had heard of this idea before (in Montessori books I’ve been reading), and this post was a good reminder that I’ve been meaning to do this. So much nicer to have an organized place for baby “untoys” than to leave junk lying around your house, which is what happens when we do “untoys.” I’m actually going to make some portable treasure kits for Sailor for our road trip in August.
Is there a fairy in your garden? – Creating a fairy garden is one of the ideas I’m saving for that far-off imagined day when I have a girl. I love the house and swimming pools.
Sidewalk Paint – There have been more recipes for sidewalk paint floating around the internet lately than, well, something very plentiful. I like this recipe for its quick and simple ingredients. We made some spontaneously in a leftover 30 minute period before dinner. It’s that easy.
Fun Bubble Wrap “Exam” – Don’t let the word exam scare you. You could use this activity to review just about any concept with a pre-writing child.
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.
Applying the HALT Method: A Checklist for Proactive Parenting – Gives a great concrete form to a strategy I always employ. Remember to lower your standards for good behavior when any of these four apply, and things go so much more smoothly.
Weapon Play and Young Children – A great topic, one I mean to address in the future. I’m on the side that says it’s important to let boys play fight and teach them responsibilty over it.
Squeezable Homemade Finger Paint – Always a good recipe to know, and much cheaper than from the store.
Homemade Water Table – I add this not so much for the table, but for the unique water play ideas. Monkey does love him some water, and as soon as July comes, it’ll finally be hot enough to get wet all the time.