Gameschooling and Sibling Cooperation

U-Build Monopoly, Snap Circuits, Playmobil and Magnetic Tiles have been taking over the floor of the living room. In all of these, the kids are involved in creative problem solving, negotiation, cooperation, and navigating social situations.
I’m constantly amazed at how much the kids learn and stretch themselves in the context of play.
To read more about how we play and what we prioritize, check out my post over at My Little Poppies.

Superheroes in Training: parenting gifted kids

It’s hard to be misunderstood, underestimated, asked to fit in a box that doesn’t come naturally.
Parenting gifted kids is hard.
The superhero baby may be a bit of a stretch, but not much. These kids have amazing capacities to learn, analyze, and create, but they can’t do so in a vacuum.

Time to Grow

Lately, my kids have really been enjoying intricate coloring patterns with a nice set of colored pencils (thanks, Grandma!).
As they’ve been contentedly creating, I started thinking back to all my concerns about J, who is now 8, because he wasn’t meeting the coloring milestones when he was younger the way I thought he should.

Watercolor Flowers

I was looking for a simple flower craft my kids could do that would also be compact and not easily breakable so we could send it through the mail to surprise my grandma.
Here’s what we found:

Parents Need Support Too

It’s important that we find safe places – and people – in person as well as online — who listen without condemnation and then respond, “been there. I know what you’re talking about.”
We might even find some valuable help along the way.