I am a cleaning robot..beep!beep!

Parenting, Parenting Solutions, Play and Learning
Clean up time can be a real hassle sometimes. I feel overwhelmed by the mess very quickly and that got me thinking, if  I'm overwhelmed then a 2yr old and a 4yr old are probably even more so! Our solution:   make it into a game.  In general, clean up time works best for us when I am very specific about what should be picked up and where it should go. I try to avoid general statements like "clean everything up" or  " pick up the toys"  keeping that in mind I then like to add some fun to the mix. Here are the top 5 favorite games we play that give us  a clean playroom. 1. Elbows, Knees and Toes In this game we pretend our hands are too…
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Salt Dough

Play and Learning
Here is a recipe for classic salt dough ornaments. Children can help with measuring, pouring and mixing and kneading dough. This can get sticky and messy so have some warm water and paper towel close by. Utensils Measuring cup, Large Bowl, paper towels and/or wet wipes, cookie cutters, baking sheets, baking paper (or floured surface), straw or knife. Ingredients: 2 cups of flour , 1 cup of salt , 1 cup of warm tap water Make: 1. Mix salt and flour in large bowl. 2. Add in half a cup of  water, mix,  then gradually add the remaining water. 3. Knead mix until  smooth, might take up to 10 minutes. (let the kids try!) 4. Roll out the dough on baking paper and cut out shape or create  your own…
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My Parenting Philosophy (sort of)

Parenting
Today a fellow mom asked why I parent the way I do...Usually i wonder what "way" it is that people are asking about or perceiving but anyways...it got me thinking about it. In a nutshell - I really think that parents and children should have fun everyday and love life! Even when it's challenging or messy or not going according to plan...Our children are only little once - I like to believe I am taking each moment for what it is and truly loving my children unconditionally.  Does this mean it's a free for all - no way! I believe in limits, routines but also in lots of playfulness and mutual respect. -I want my kids to be happy. I want to be happy. Not super, the best or perfect.-…
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