The last month or two I have noticed that my daughter will let other children dictate what the play activity is for the moment. At first I didn’t think much of it, thinking it was just a phase that she will grow out of. Then Nicole, the other half of The Chicken’s Egg, gave her Worry … Continue reading Getting You Child to Open Up
Like many families the kitchen is the heart of our home. We cook, clean, create our art projects and come together as a family to eat there. I would say my family spends more quality time in the kitchen than anywhere else in our home. It came as no surprise to me when both my … Continue reading Cooking with Children, Part 1
“Mommy? Is it time to bake yet? ” My daughter begs with her cutest smile. I smile back and think about the generations of cooking my family has done together. I remember cooking with my mom from when I was my daughter’s age and I remember family dinners where my grandmothers slaved away to make … Continue reading Cooking with Children, Part 2
Throughout the day we are continually doing tasks that are too difficult to get our children involved in…but are they really? My three year old puts away all her clothing and cleans both her and her brother’s room when prompted, but it was not long ago that I was doing all this for her. So what … Continue reading How to Get Your Child to Clean Their Room; Scaffolding Techniques
Recycle, the third R is the one we are all most familiar with. Everyone recycles a bit, whether it’s your plastic bottles or cardboard boxes. However there are MANY items most people are unsure if they can recycle or not and they usually just get thrown out. My biggest tip, when in doubt don’t throw … Continue reading RECYCLE, SETTING UP A CHILD FRIENDLY ROUTINE AND SYSTEM
As the weather begins to change here in the Hudson Valley, I find my kids and I spend more and more time outdoors. Kids should be outdoors to help build their immune system, their problem solving skills, and imagination. It also helps them to sleep better, my kids are much happier and the obvious one exercise. … Continue reading My Top 5 Places Outdoors for Kids in the Hudson Valley
With spring in the air and Earth Day around the corner we are reminded of our love for the outdoors and our need to help keep it clean. This of course should not be something that we think of once a year but infuse into our everyday thinking. Often times people are intimidated by … Continue reading Save Money, teach the next generation and help save the earth at the same time!
Childhood is a time of questioning and wonder. It is a time to look up into the sky and ask how did the clouds get there? How do plants grow? And all the other incredible questions about how the world around us works. I know sometimes these questions can be tedious and sometimes we … Continue reading PUTTING THE WONDER BACK INTO CHILDHOOD
The birds are chirping, the flowers starting to bloom and we are all itching to be outside. But what do you do when you are all set to go and play and your child gets sick? Apparently her body didn’t get the memo that germ season is over! So now our life is chicken soup … Continue reading Making lemonade out of lemons- what to do when your child is sick!
To start I am very lucky to have two kids that eat most things but I still struggle with snack. We don’t eat a lot of prepackaged food in our house so sometime this makes snack time harder then I feel it should. So I have a few standbys that get me through the week. … Continue reading Healthy Kid Friendly Snacks
I always find that come mid February I feel trapped and cranky. This always indicates that it is time for a vacation! This year it seemed as though it was not in our future seeing as I am pregnant and can go nowhere warm with the Zika virus lurking about. I became more and more … Continue reading Traveling; The #1 Way to Give Children Experiental Knowledge!
We know as parents that our kids need to eat healthy foods and we share with our children why it is important. But we are still missing out on a learning opportunity. Have you ever asked your child about the appearance, taste, texture, and type of food she is eating? Most of us would probably say rarely … Continue reading The Missed Opportunity to Learn at Dinner
One of my favorite things to do is watch my daughter play when she is really into one of her role playing activities. It is as though she has totally left reality and is actually living in the story she is creating. I love it! It seems as though she develops a different form of … Continue reading Dramatic Play, A World of Learning!
The first and biggest step your toddler can take towards independence is potty training. Of course this is a gift that you give them, not the other way around, seeing all the work a parent must put into this incredible milestone. There are as many potty training methods as there are fish in the sea, … Continue reading Fostering Independence; Fun with Potty Training
Have you ever had one of those days where your to do list has no end and everything seems to be taking double the time it is supposed to? Mine was one of those days. My seemingly quick task of soaking the beans we were eating for dinner that night turned into a bean free … Continue reading A Disaster Turned into a Teachable Moment; learning with beans!