Family Game Night: Uno Card Game

I love to play games.  Board games.  Card games.  Strategy games.  Word games.  Puzzle-solving games.  Any of them.  And my boys seem to have inherited that same love.

 

Over the years my 8-year-old has been a fan of a huge number of games, each for their own period of time.  My 4-year-old is just beginning to enjoy game playing with games that aren’t cooperative, meaning everyone works together (Cauldron Quest and Wildcraft are two cooperative games that we enjoy; I’ll review them another time.).… Continue reading

The Pen is Mightier

The Pen is Mightier
My younger son’s note to his big brother.

While my boys generally get along well, like all siblings they sometimes squabble with each other.  The other day when we were cleaning up my [then] three-year-old’s room to prepare for his birthday party, I found the above message on his shelf.  It was clear he had taken the time to write something, but I wasn’t aware that he could spell (let alone write!) words other than his name, and so I wasn’t certain what – if anything – he was trying to communicate. … Continue reading

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Our local library recently started a program entitled 1000 Books Before Kindergarten as a way of encouraging parents to read to their young children.

 

In our house, we read all the time.  I homeschool my kids, and our homeschooling largely consists of sitting down with stacks of books and reading them together.

 

When one of the children’s librarians told us about the program, my older son immediately announced, “Mama, we should sign up [my 3-year-old].”  He paused briefly, “You want to do it, right Kyle?”  Of course, my 3-year-old said yes. … Continue reading

A 3-year-old’s Lesson in Spending

My 3-year-old's Lesson in Spending
The car my 3-year-old bought, and then realized it was a mistake.

Last week my 3-year-old walked up and handed me his little car, “I’m ready to give this to Ari,” he declared.  (Ari is the grandson of our next-door neighbor.  When my 3-year-old outgrows his clothes or toys, we pass them along to Ari.)

 

“Are you sure?” I asked.… Continue reading

Chapter Books with Strong Female Characters

A couple of weeks ago I posted a list of my family’s favorite picture books with strong female characters.  Today, I am posting a list of our favorite chapter books containing strong girls or women.

 

The list contains everything from books accessible to early readers to chapter books that are appropriate for young adults.  I’ve read most of the books geared at younger readers with my 8-year-old, though none of the young adult books (those are waiting on our bookshelves for future reading).… Continue reading

Picture Books with Strong Female Characters

A few days ago, a friend’s post on Facebook lead to a discussion about books with strong female characters.  I started to put together a list to send to her, and realized that other people might be interested in this list.  So now I’m posting it here.  The following are picture books that my boys and I have enjoyed over the years. … Continue reading

Fractions, Compassion, and Sharing

Fractions, Compassion, and SharingMy son approached me and asked, “I can’t remember which is bigger: one-half or one-twelfth?”

 

This, of course, led to an impromptu math lesson.  We talked about fractions.  I explained that the denominator – the bottom number – of a fraction tells you how many equal parts something is divided into.  I explained that the numerator – the top number – of a fraction tells you how many of those equal parts you’re discussing.… Continue reading

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child
Our remaining cloth diaper stash, ready to pack up and give away.

Whenever the topic of potty training comes up (and it does when you hang out with other parents of young children), I joke that our dog toilet-trained my oldest son.  And I say it only half in jest.  One night when I was cooking dinner, my son – at age 2.5 – came in and announced, “I peed outside, just like Mazel[-dog].”  He declared that he wanted to wear underwear, and he was going to pee outside like the dog all the time. … Continue reading

A Day of Snowed-In Fun

A Day of Snowed-In FunThis past week we had a lot of snow.  In fact, there was so much snow that we got snowed in.  My Sweetie graciously takes care of the snow blowing when he’s in town, but he was on the road during this storm.

 

While the boys and I were a bit disappointed to cancel a brunch-date with a dear friend, it felt nice for the weather to declare a day of rest on our behalf.… Continue reading

Getting Kids Involved with Preparations for a Special Day

Happy Thanksgiving
A Pumpkin painted by my 7-year-old.

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought you might find a reminder about this post from over the summer helpful.  In it, my friend Lainie discusses how she uses a Sticky Note Wall to help involve her kids in preparing for a big gathering or celebration.

 

You can find the post HERE.

 

This is a great suggestion for families, especially once your kids can read.… Continue reading