Every year at about this time, my friends start asking me what they should get for their kids' teachers for Christmas. Thought I'd share my standard answers with you, in case you're looking for a little something for a special teacher or daycare provider in your life.
The Donkey in the Living Room, by Sarah Cunningham, beautifully re-tells the Christmas story through the eyes of the animals and people present. In an "Elf on the Shelf" style tradition, Cunningham suggests parents wrap the pieces of their Nativity set and hide one for their children to find each day leading up to Christmas. ... Continue Reading →
Did you know Charlotte Mason said little kids should be outside for six hours a day in fair weather? That sounds awesome to me, Charlotte. Unfortunately, our schedule is a bit tight for that right now. Since making the daylight savings switch, we leave home each morning right around sunrise and usually get back right... Continue Reading →
My husband and I are Gen-Xers living in a Millennial world. We don't buy into all of the aggressively cute self-aggrandizing of modern parenting. When we found out Baby #3 was on the way, we didn't browse Pinterest for a sickly-sweet photo op idea. Instead, we just told our kids. But we also recorded it,... Continue Reading →
It's not too early to get out my Christmas stuff, right?? I'm feeling very festive today as my post on decorating for the holidays with young children is live on Life of a Homeschool Mom. Check it out now!
Before I had kids, "Fall Back" was my favorite day of the year. For weeks leading up to it, I'd plot how I was going to spend my extra hour. Then I had children and discovered that daylight savings time is just one more thing kids ruin alter beyond recognition. Nobody gives toddlers the memo... Continue Reading →
I knew at some point, sending my kid to preschool was going to create some culture clash. I work full-time, as does my husband, so our littles need to be somewhere during the day. We have a daycare provider we love, but as our older son is pushing four now, we decided to send him... Continue Reading →
No time for blogging today! We are busy amping up for the 2017 American eclipse! As fate would have it, we will enjoy almost two minutes of totality in our own backyard, so no traveling or navigating through crazy traffic for us! However, I will take a brief moment to say that our young kids,... Continue Reading →
I have written before about our older son and his naturally cautious approach to everything new. He does not like strangers or new situations. While his much bolder baby brother is racing to the biggest slide on the playground, he will hang back, stay on the toddler slide, not try anything too risky. I'm fine... Continue Reading →
Last week, we went to Art Camp. Every year for the past twelve years, my family has descended en masse on my aunt's cottage on Lake Huron. Here we do normal family vacation things -- like enjoy big meals together and play outside and go swimming and have board game tournaments -- and not so... Continue Reading →