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…

Cleaning Fun

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.

Mundane Magic

Sometimes, life is big, flashy, exciting, post-worthy. But most of the time, life, especially with littles, is pretty repetitive.

Some days are magical. Some are not. And that’s ok.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. The kids were getting along well, thinking of others, and when we pulled out the sprinkler obstacle course we’d gotten at Aldi the day before, they played happily together for almost an hour, giggling and squealing with delight. We followed up with frozen juice pops on the deck, and all…