Scene — last Thursday night. Our house. Me: “Soooo…we’re having 3 four-year olds over in the morning for a Birthday Tea and I haven’t gone grocery shopping for this at all. Can I do it?” My husband (kindly but regretfully): “Ooooh. Yeah. I have a feeling you’re going shopping. Sorry.” Challenge accepted. ‘Cuz I’m ornery […]
Like playing cards, board games are a great way to share memories and connect with kids. We’ve gone through many, during the various stages of development of the kids. Here are a few of our faves:
I have a confession that embarrasses me. I interrupt my kids. Like, all the time. They just tell such long stories, about people at school I don’t know…or things that happened at lunch I don’t understand…or stories they’ve made up which have no real ending ever. Sometimes it’s necessary to interrupt, like when the bell rings and they […]
I do love family road trips. The singing. The bizarre story-telling and joke-telling. Even the bickering. It all makes for great memories. When we travel as a family now, we pretty much only go by car. There are enough of us that we’d not only have to buy six plane tickets (!!?!), but rent a […]
Today’s idea for connecting with kids is courtesy of my friend Jodie. Jodie has four young children, like me, which means she finds the same delight in a solo trip to the grocery store and also has a purse full of toy cars/crayons/used tissues/things that have been pulled out of people’s noses. Though that last […]
Now that it’s getting colder out, I find us doing more bird watching. The birds get hungry, and if you’re one of the houses generously feeding them you become very popular with the birds. Here in Colorado, where most available water freezes, even putting out a birdbath with fresh water attracts lots of birds.
Ok, technically they’re riding bikes. But I was walking, so it counts.
Hiking trips begin at our house with me all, “Hey, kids! We’re going hiking! Come on! Get your stuff and load up!” and them all, “Unhhhhhh. Blahhhhh. Blurt. Bah. Do we have to? And also when will we be home?” I see it as my job — as a caring, sensitive, loving mother — to […]
(This post contains affiliate links.) Read something with your child. Not to teach them anything. Not to practice sounding out words or get an early start on learning to read. Just because sometimes there’s no greater feeling than sitting down, with a kid on your lap, looking at pictures and books together. Figuring things out […]
Making dinner by myself would be so much faster. And often I do (when my husband isn’t making it. I’m not gonna pretend I do all the cooking around here.) But when I take the extra five minutes to include one of the kids, letting them measure and stir and crack eggs and make a […]