Toddler Tricks - 64: Replace an Activity with an Activity

Problem: You want to do something fun with your children, but you know that it will be so fun that they'll pitch a fit leaving. A screaming exit is always embarrassing, and, of course, you want to avoid it at all costs. So, how can you do fun things with your kids without the inevitable breakdown?SOLUTION:...more

Don't Take No for an Answer

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com If I had a penny for every time my kids said 'no' to trying something new - be it a food item, clothing, activity or sport - we'd be zillionaires.   Okay, maybe just billionaires! Truth is most kids for the most part will reject anything foreign, never-seen-before, new.  But as a parent, we cannot be deterred. ...more

Make A Little Summer Magic

Cheers! Summer is officially here. And based on the weather here, summer didn't want anyone to forget it. It was H-O-T all week. After weeks of back and forth warm-and-then-cold-rainy-days, summer is here full throttle. And I'm excited that our tall, seeding grass will die back soon, so I can perhaps breathe clearly again. Sniff sniff. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ So, on the solstice we managed a few fun activities. Finally. ...more

What a perfect craft for sunny days!more

Surviving 5 Kids and Fundraisers

Hello there, would you like to buy a $3 candy bar? How about seven pounds of frozen cookie dough? Not much of a sweet tooth, huh? That’s okay, how about a pepperoni roll, tickets to the pancake breakfast—or maybe the spaghetti dinner? Oh. You’re on a diet. I understand—I would be, too, if I didn’t have kids.  Maybe you would be more interested in a magazine subscription? Or a high-fragrance, flameless, candle substitute? Maybe a discount card that offers insignificant savings from places you rarely visit? Ooh, better yet, forget the card; I’m selling a whole discount book. Where are you going? Wait! Don’t forget to swing by the carwash so kids who have never washed a vehicle in their lives can scratch up yours! Just drop your spare change in the can on your way out!...more

Every year we have to sell raffle tickets for hockey. However, we have no family in the ...more

To Tell or Not to Tell

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com Young children tend to delight in reporting the antics of siblings, strangers and schoolmates.  The really young ones likely don't know any better and as they get older, some kids relish in getting someone else in trouble or another reason.  Tattling is, for the most part, discouraged by parents, unless danger lurks. ...more

Keeping Busy

I thought it was supposed to be April showers that bring May flowers?  So why is May so showery this year?  This week has been one giant sprinkling, keeping the ground just a little too wet to sit on and the air just a little too chilly to go out without jackets.  Really, Springtime?  Aren't you supposed to be in full effect by now?   So we've been doing a lot of indoor play lately, and Em is finally beginning to understand that she doesn't need to be attached to me every second of every day.  And that ...more

Em's Treasure Basket

Happy Mother's Day to all you deserving mamas out there!  My husband is dutifully playing with Em, who is refusing to nap, so that I can get some uninterrupted blogging and photo editing time in before we head to the in-laws' for dinner.  We have had a wonderful day so far....more

I'm Going To Lose It

The Girlfriend Mom was kicked into high gear this weekend.I decided to give my boyfriend a break, and take one of the Girlfriend Mom kids and his friend to the movies Sunday afternoon. Quite enlightening indeed.When I was a kid my parents always gave me money if I went out with my friend and their parents. Whether my friend's parents ever let me pay is unclear. The point is, my parents never assumed or presumed that my friend's parents would foot the bill. It seems that things have changed....more

A Personal Present

For almost every special occasion, holiday, or birthday, my kids and I like to go the "homemade" route.  It means more to the recipient and they're darn cute!  Homemade cards, fingerpaintings, crafts all make their way into the hands of friends and family as a way to say I love you.  And our very favorite way to spread our love is by painting pottery at Tip Top Pottery in White River Junction.   I've spent a lot of time and energy at Tip Top, and when the time ...more

A Whole Lotta Gardening

Life has been full lately. A beautiful, tasty, diverse kind of full. But, so full that some afternoons all I want to do is nap. Curl up on top of my clean bed, babe in arms, and drift off. Not for a long while, just a half hour. Alas, Reality Check: Babe is hardly a babe anymore. He's 1 already. Wah! Babe only takes one short nap a day. One very short nap. And, twenty minute nap usually occurs before the afternoon lethargy hits....more
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