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Looking for Signs of Creativity in Kids

I talk a lot about my son, Michael James (nearly 6), and his creativity. This is expressed daily through his inventions and recipes, his cardboard creations, his duct-tape clothing line, his entrepreneurial adventures in the driveway (from lemonade stands to carnivals). Sometimes I feel a little guilty for talking him up, but not mentioning little […]

Summer Time Fun: 10 Ways to Beat the Heat and Connect with your Kids, #10

Flashlight Play This activity is great for a hot summer day when you want to stay inside and turn down the lights. We play with flashlights in Kindermusik class with kids ages 0-7, working on different skills, but they all love it! Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “This Little Light of Mine” as you […]

Summer Time Fun: 10 Great Ideas to Beat the Heat and Connect with your Kids, #7

The series continues….(I didn’t forget) Read to the bottom for Picnic Play date Invite at Mommy Manders’ house! Indoor Picnic at the “Park”!  Schedule a picnic play date in your playroom, or just make your everyday PBJ lunch a little more exciting and memorable. (My memory of summer lunches as a kid is eating ramen […]

Summer Time Fun: 10 Ways to Beat the Heat and Connect with your Kids, #5

  Build a Tent!  This is just good ol’ fashioned fun for summer or wintertime.  While it’s fun to pop up one of those brightly colored kids’ tents (or we have a shark tent from Target) inside instead of outside, it’s even more fun to build your own out of blankets and chairs. Don’t you […]

Summer time Fun: 10 ways to bet the heat and connect with your kids, #3

Play School (or music class or another favorite “group” activity) – I started doing this with MJ when he was 2 enjoying a sweet mother’s day out program, and now the kids love to do it together after breakfast and chores if we have time. (Our morning motto is “chores done, have some fun“.)  It is a […]