This summer, we're taking the dependence out of independence.
My daughter decided to have a timed bake-off between my mom, my two sisters, and myself. The challenge was to recreate Cupcake Jemma's Unicorn Cupcake; the prize was a cute chef's hat (that was lovingly decorated), and of course, bragging rights.
Number 7, like most preschoolers, still has trouble understanding that 4 ounces of water in a short, fat container is still 4 ounces of water when it is in a taller, skinnier container. And that 2 chips broken into crumbs, are still 2 chips. #learning2count
My daughters brought up dinner to my husband and I, who were enjoying a few minutes of free time. Dinner was actually left-overs, so all the girls had to do was warm up a couple of bowls of chili. Our dinner was delivered with a playful comment, “This is not the proper use of children.”
Whether you’re looking for a cute bedtime story or something to keep them out of mischief on that long drive up to grandma and grandpa’s place, you can’t go wrong with a good podcast.
Part of the movie-watching-fun is watching the older movies together with the re-makes or re-boots. For example, It's interesting to observe the roles of women in the older movies versus modern movies through my kids' eyes.
Popular Culture today is big on all of the fantasy-type heroes that my generation grew up idolizing. Now that my generation are adults, we are excited to see our youth modernized with expensive badassery (is that a word?).
In every family, there are pros and cons to child-bearing, no matter how big or small your family is. I've always believed that the only consideration should be love: Are you willing to unselfishly love a new addition? If you are, then everything else can be problem-solved.
My favorite thing about the game was playing as a team with my kids to complete certain objectives. This means everyone is involved all of the time, instead of always waiting for a turn.
DIY projects are healthy, creative exercises for your children which will teach them to cherish work more than the thing itself.
The youngest seems to spend half his free time sneaking ornaments onto the tree, and the other half taking them off again.
The trials of motherhood have taught me patience, problem solving skills, relationship skills, the power of creativity, and how to scarf hidden treats before the scent of chocolate can escape the packaging and lure others to my location.
Nothing says "I like you, but I'm scared to tell you" like pulling a girl's hair or calling a boy names. This is just how they are dealing with those fears.
I like my fashion like I like my kids' homework: Quick and Easy! It feels good to know I'm dressed like an adult with some fashion sense. It makes me look and feel like I have my sh*t together. The thing is, I don't have time or patience to shop, and I can't tell if
With a couple of birthdays (plus the odd potluck), October is a good time for us to make Halloween Treats!
The kids plan family themed costumes for every person in the family; from the baby up to us parents.
The wet carpet in the bedroom is from the water going under the bathroom wall. That's legit. The hallway, though, that's our bad.
The mistakes toddlers and preschoolers make with language are often humorous, but the way they grapple with and conquer language so quickly is astonishing.
There are some things that I list under "That's not my Department". Like trash. Especially this trash.
More times than not, it's myself that I have to give. I've realized that something has to give if I want to enjoy my kids' childhood.