Have you been enjoying this "My Best" series so far? My best parenting hacks (part one, since part two will wrap up this series next Friday!!), our favorite arts/crafts projects, uses for stickers were posted the last three weeks. Now you all know how I'm rocking motherhood ... or at least using my best tricks … Continue reading “My Best” Series: The Kids’ Top 12 Favorite Books, EVER
If you've been reading here for awhile, you know that I love books. My husband loves books. My kids love books. We are nothing without our books - on shelves, in the car, in our travel bags, everywhere. I love reading books to my kids, and while the short books and early reader books we're … Continue reading Top 5 Books I CAN’T WAIT To Read To My Kids
I must be on learning kick lately. First ruminating about teaching at home and now this. Do I not know it's summer?! I've been thinking about this topic a lot over the past year. It started when browsing my Facebook feed and seeing a lot of article links with titles such as, "Are Kindergarteners Really … Continue reading Do Kids Have To Be Smarter Nowadays?
I don't reveal it often, but I have a secret talent: talking in voices. I'm a pretty fair imitator both of people's voices and of accents. Some talent, huh? It rarely comes in handy ... except when reading to my girls, and only for certain books. But let's face it: books can really come alive if they're … Continue reading Our Favorite Books For Reading in Funny Voices
We read a LOT around here - many books that we read many, many times each. In fact, I think I have the first 25 pages of The Cat In The Hat memorized (granted, I also once memorized the first 100 digits of pi, so maybe I'm just weird). I certainly can recite What Was … Continue reading Read That Book Too Much For Kiddo? Act It Out!
For some reason, I keep expecting parenting to be logical and rational. And I keep expecting my past experiences to completely inform my future ones. And then the Parenting Gods come with their big hands and slap me down, again and again ... because there is very little logic when it comes to parenting little … Continue reading Parenting Truths: Raising Two (Very Different) Kids
We read a lot around here - daddy, mommy, Toddler, and Baby (well, she flips through the books and hears me read to Toddler - we don't actually read to her much yet ... I gotta get on that, actually). Toddler has memorized probably 100 books because we've read them so much. (Her memory is … Continue reading I’m Raising a Budding Writer! (She Says With a Grin)
(Background: our toddler saves her best conversations for when she's on the toilet!) Toddler goes to sit down on toilet. "Can I please have one of dad's magazines to look at?" Me: "Are you going to go poop?" Toddler: "Yeah. Can I have one of the magazines with stories in it? The ones with goffigger … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: More Toilet Talk
Though I love my two girls - both snuggling with them singly and watching them play together - I really treasure the time that I had alone with my toddler back when it was just her and me alone during the day. (It was ... a quieter day!) When she would wake up, I'd walk … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: Quiet Times With Baby #1
After reading several of my 2-year-old daughter's favorite books (which include some favorites of mine when I was young), I just have to gripe about some things. Lord, how did these get past their editors?! Why do we never know the boy's name in The Cat in the Hat? We know his sister's name is Sally! … Continue reading My problems with my toddler’s favorite books