Create. Explore. Do. Their way.

how to help kids be more creative

Some may say I’m the mean mom. I’m the mom that kicks the kids outside and tells them they can’t come back in. I’m the mom that announces “no electronics for the next 90 minutes!” and doesn’t tell the kids what to do next. I’m the mom that takes the snacks outside, places them on the […]

December family menu planner

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Last week’s Slow-Cooker Taco Soup, which was really more of a Chicken Taco Chili was amazing. I found that when I mixed in sour cream it was even better, as the cream balanced the spice. If you didn’t have a chance to make it last week, substitute it in this week. So good!! We also […]

Favorite Hanukkah books for children

Hanukkah children's books for the family to enjoy (Chanukah)

As I unpacked our holiday boxes on Monday, I giggled at myself. On our coffee table now sit 4 Hanukkah books and 2 Christmas books. For someone who has complained for a few years about the lack of selection, I’ve definitely taken an interest in finding books to teach the holiday to my kids.   […]

When your family is “both” — Interfaith Holiday Books for Children

interfaith books to help your family celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas

Having an Interfaith family has many joys and celebrations — but explaining traditions and the religions aren’t always easy for children. The Interfaith holiday books listed below help introduce families to ways to explain Interfaith celebrations to others, as well as offer suggestions and ideas for family traditions for celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. My […]

Great chapter books for grades 3-5 (Great holiday gifts!)

chapter books for elementary kids -- makes a great gift!

Parents contact me often asking for book recommendations. The books listed below are a mix of adventurous and funny realistic and historic fiction chapter books for kids in grades 3-5. I Survived series When Middle was 5, I found I Survived Hurricane Katrina at a Scholastic Book Fair. I had some concern that introducing my […]

The most wanted kids gifts of 2014

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It was *hard* to get a wish list going from the kids this year. Little (age 5) wanted nearly everything she saw on TV, while Big (11) and Middle (9) are asking for very little. Until the past 2 days when, suddenly, they’re filling their wishlists… and then some.  Together, we’ve put together a list […]

We are unstoppable. We have no choice. #UnstoppableMoms #ad

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I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. It’s funny that I’m writing this post this week. Appropriate, too. As a member of […]

Does parenting get harder than raising a 5-year-old girl?

parenting 5 year old girl

In June, I addressed my frustrations and emotions about raising a little 4-year-old girl in a post that I finally felt strong enough to publish 7 weeks later, 2 days before Little turned 5. I was brought back to that post last week, when reading a highly debated article at Yahoo! Parenting, Why 5 May […]

3 ways to use art to enhance writing skills


No matter if they type of art, children can improve writing skills as they study different forms and apply their senses and stories into writing. Help your child select a form of art and, together, complete the following tasks to enhance his or her writing skills. (This is a great activity for Thanksgiving weekend or […]