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…

6 Very Useful Tools NOT to Give to a Mom on Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year again – that time when dads all over the world panic in their quest to find the right gift – a gift that shows just the right mix of sentimentality and usefulness – something special to show how much she means to him and their family. I’m not a huge…

Avoiding Arguments – One Conga Line at a Time

This week, some good research was reported on, showing a link between preschoolers swinging in unison and their later cooperation in other activities. The article also mentions how music has been shown to improve cooperation. In our home, when the bickering starts we’ve been making a concerted effort to find a shared group activity that…

Permission to Stop

Dear Mom, I’m giving you (and myself) permission to stop. To stop Potty training, and try again in a couple of months Dance classes, even though you (we) paid for the session already Reading a book that you or your child just isn’t connecting with In the middle of a math lesson, where you’re both…