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.
Twins who Learn at Different Rates: How Do You Handle That?
It’s not about who was first, or better, or more precise. Twins are individuals whose accomplishments and struggles stand on their own, regardless of what a sibling has or has not done.
Our new favorite game
If you have kids between the ages of 4-8, I cannot recommend the game Obstacles by eeBoo highly enough. It’s amazing. Basically, it’s a cooperative story telling and problem solving experience. There are no winners or losers, and there’s lots of opportunity for collaboration and encouragement as the kids flex their problem solving muscles. You…
Yesterday, 3.5yo E declared, “I’m good at cleaning!” And you know what? She is. She has been given appropriate jobs with support and practice, and she does a good job.
A Trick to Help with Difficult Transitions
Especially with strong-willed children, we can sometimes see a battle or refusal coming, and for the sake of all involved, it would be nice to have some magic words (other than a bribe) that get the kids moving and on their way.
You want to know what those secret words are, at least some of the time?
Here you go.
Sometimes, life is big, flashy, exciting, post-worthy. But most of the time, life, especially with littles, is pretty repetitive.