Positive Parenting Ages & Stages

Every day is a great day to say…

Parenting
I love you. I overheard someone say today "if the love is there, they will know it, there is no need to say it"  and it got me thinking, is there a need to say it? At what age to children realize that the love is there no matter what we say?  What about other people in our lives, adults, our friends or parents, do they need to hear those words? Why do we often only say these words in extraordinary moments - like hospital, boarding a plane or when someone is hurt ? I say "I love you" to my children all day - all the time. When I hug them goodbye I say it and then say it one extra time. I also tell my husband that I…
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Pretend Play and Ice Skating

Play and Learning
We Tried out a new activity idea today -  "ice" skating indoors. Skates: Wax Paper, Paper Plates, Baking paper. (We tried them all and the best glide was from the wax paper, although the plates stayed under small feet the best) Ice Rink: We moved the coffee table and rolled away the area rug then added  some play cones to mark the rink. We happen to have wood floors - but I think even on carpet it could turn out to be fun. We added some  music and took turns pulling each other and spinning around together. This was a great way for the boys to take turns requesting songs and waiting to be pulled and then working together trying to pull me. All in all it was a low…
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Just Ducky.

Play and Learning
For the month of January we are doing a duck theme.  Check our other themes on the book club page. Book Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Art Feather Duckies Materials: Construction paper or colored paper. Feathers, googly eyes, glue. Cut out a duck silhouette in Yellow, White or Brown paper. Glue onto another sheet of paper. With glue, add feathers to the tail a body of the duck. Add eyes and a beak. Decorate the rest of the paper with stickers or crayons. Songs Six Little Ducks Games & Activities Duck-Duck-Goose Egg Hunt Waddle-Waddle-Jump Ice Skating Nature Walk
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Cotton Ball SnowPeople

Play and Learning
Here is a project that we love making  - usually on a snowy day. Materials: Construction Paper (Blue or any color really) Cotton Balls, Pencil. orange, black paper for details (or white paper and crayons), crafting pompoms or buttons.  Any round bowls or small plate.  Glue stick or Glue. 1. On a sheet of paper, help or let your child trace around the bowl or plate to make three circles mimicking a snowman.  Using orange paper cut out a carrot nose. 2. with  the cotton balls to make some wispy pieces to glue onto the circles making a snow like covering on your snowman. 3. Let your child add the details like eyes, carrot nose,  buttons, smile, etc.. 4. Decorate the rest of  the paper with stickers, glitter, or more…
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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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