Tiny Pincushion Tutorial

The children and I have been working on a lot of projects -- mostly sewing, beading, and some papercraft. Here is a brief tutorial for a tiny pincushion made with a bottle cap as the base. You can whip these up in about two minutes! Very addictive to make. ...more

This is a great project! I love it! I'm always saving bottle caps because they look like they ... more

When Your Kid Doesn't Like to Talk, Keep Talking

My eldest child doesn’t talk.  Oh sure, I get the occasional grunt or head nod but when it comes to a full sentence about something of the slightest importance there is nothing but silence.  Most answers from him to me are mumbled, “I don’t know.” It’s not new -- Duke has never talked.  ...more

I appreciate the pat on the back. ;)

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When Your Kid Doesn't Like to Talk, Keep Talking

My eldest child doesn’t talk.  Oh sure, I get the occasional grunt or head nod but when it comes to a full sentence about something of the slightest importance there is nothing but silence.  Most answers from him to me are mumbled, “I don’t know.” It’s not new -- Duke has never talked.  ...more

Thanks for commenting. I know exactly how you feel and it's so great that you know how *I* feel. more

When Your Kid Doesn't Like to Talk, Keep Talking

My eldest child doesn’t talk.  Oh sure, I get the occasional grunt or head nod but when it comes to a full sentence about something of the slightest importance there is nothing but silence.  Most answers from him to me are mumbled, “I don’t know.” It’s not new -- Duke has never talked.  ...more

hehehehe.. thanks! It's such a great word.. a shame not to use it when it's appropriate. ;) more

When Your Kid Doesn't Like to Talk, Keep Talking

My eldest child doesn’t talk.  Oh sure, I get the occasional grunt or head nod but when it comes to a full sentence about something of the slightest importance there is nothing but silence.  Most answers from him to me are mumbled, “I don’t know.” It’s not new -- Duke has never talked.  ...more

Thank you for reading and commenting! It IS hard. I have two others who are pretty vocal (which ... more

Are We Raising Whiners or Winners?

My son is only three so I still consider myself a new parent. He is too young to participate in group sports but I am quickly learning that the nature of competitive sports is changing. I've heard that in some leagues all of the children participating receive trophies - both the winners and the losers. I truly believe in building self-esteem but I wonder about the necessity of taking such measures to prevent children from being upset because of a loss. At least, I assume that is the rationale for this type of action. ...more

I think it's a fine line and does depend on children's ages. I think so much can be learned from ... more