I was always touching my kids when they were babies. Picking them up, squeezing their cheeks, pinching their toes, rubbing noses. You just can’t help it with babies. But as the kids get bigger, things change. I don’t really pick most of them up anymore. They don’t need me to do as many things for […]
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:
Playing cards is just a simple, fun way to enjoy a few minutes with the family. Cards don’t take up much room, so we always bring them along on road trips and campouts. They don’t have lots of pieces to keep track of. Just easy fun.
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.
I’m making a conscious effort to look my kids in the eye when they speak to me. This is harder than it sounds…they’re so short. It takes some doing to get down on their level and look them in the eye. It usually means I have to stop what I’m working on and actually […]