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.

Relationship Rule # 1

“I like you for who you are.” That’s it. That’s what makes healthy relationships, not I like you for what you do for me… I would like you if you would… If you change this or improve that, then… Simply: I like you for who you are. Whole and complete acceptance, flaws and all. This…

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…

Rules of Engagement 

Right after my twins were born, J, then 3, started driving me crazy. He’d ask for a certain activity. I’d manage to free myself from the other two to get him set up, help him get started, and then walk away. Almost inevitably, after a couple minutes he would lose interest and wander away, looking…

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…