Homemade Paint for Bathtub Artists

What you will need: 1 cup of mild soap flakes (available in the detergent section of your grocer) or grate a bar of Ivory or other mild soap 5 tablespoons hot water food coloring or tempera paint zipper-top sandwich bags or muffin tin paint brushes Place the soap flakes in a bowl. Add the hot […]

Mama Says: “My Best Friend’s Kids Are Out of Control!”

Dear Mama—I have a sticky dilemma. My best friend’s kids are out of control! We both have 4 and 6 year olds and we started out thinking how perfect the timing was, but now I am not so sure. She caves on everything, gives her kids whatever they want to keep them ‘quiet’, and there […]

How to Survive the Winter Holidays: 12 Creative Things to do at Home

By Rebecca Lemar Feed your child’s imagination and get them moving and creating with these easy and fun ideas! 1. Conversation: Fill up a page with hearts. Then have a conversation with your child about who (or what) you LOVE. Write a word in each heart. Variety: Cut out hearts and hang them everywhere, make […]

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

This dough dries to a hard clay-like finish, and holds the delicious fragrance of cinnamon.  You can also tie the ornaments onto wrapped gifts with ribbon.  Save this recipe!  Sculpting with it makes a great rainy day activity for kids of all ages. What you will need: 1-cup ground cinnamon 2 cups flour 2 cups […]

10 Easy Gifts Kids Can Make

Handmade gifts are the best, but finding the time and the energy to put it all together can be daunting. Here’s help! These simple ideas are perfect for grandparents, your kids’ friends, the pup in the family, and Mom and Dad!   Clove and orange pomander: poke cloves into an orange, tangerine or other citrus […]

A Gift is Something You Make: 3 Easy Presents

The greatest gifts cost next to nothing, are infused with love, and require only a little hands-on time. Save an afternoon for your family to create the best kind of gifts–the ones made and given straight from the heart. Clothespin Vase What you will need: I package of peg clothespins Duct tape Large tuna can […]

The Importance of Clean-Up: 10 Ways to Boost Help

Our young son was building tanks and trucks from a gigantic plastic bin filled with Legos. It was a multi-day process that required experimental crashes down the stairs, and head-on collisions between vehicles to see which design was stronger. On day three I surveyed the mess, the wrecks, the scattered bricks of plastic. I was […]

The Most Powerful Words in the World

It was a long day filled with tasks. I wanted more time, more leisure, more space between the doing of things. I sighed and pulled on my boots. Our family was coming up on the first year anniversary of my husband’s death and we were all struggling with the firsts—the first Thanksgiving without his gravy, […]

Top Toddler Activity: Cotton on a Contact Sheet

This is an easy activity that takes only a few moments to set up. Toddlers love to set and re-set the cotton balls into free form art! Tape the contact sheet in a window or French door near where the action is—a kitchen or a family room for example. What you will need: Tape Clear […]

On Raising Resilient Kids: 10 Ways to Let Go

There is a lively discussion in the parenting world about how much parents need to manage their children’s lives, but there is no doubt when kids are left alone with a new idea or skill they are more engaged and willing to tolerate mistakes.  This leads to resiliency, a skill we all need to face […]

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