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The Benefits of Messy Play And How To Make it Slightly Less Messy

The Benefits of Messy Play And How To Make it Slightly Less Messy

Messy play gives children an opportunity to tap into their creativity, explore all sorts of possibilities, enhance and experience their senses, practice cooperation and of course…get messy. Glitter, play dough, paint, slime, goop, glue, mud, muck, water and more… Children just love it and well, some parents really just don’t like it all that much. It’s… Continue Reading

35 Phrases For Encouraging Cooperation Between Child and Parent

35 Phrases For Encouraging Cooperation Between Child and Parent

Positive Parenting focuses on cooperation and solutions.  The following phrases encourages your child and you to work together. Bonus: The more cooperation, the less likely you are to encounter power struggles with your child. One component of encouraging cooperation is attuning ourselves to the needs and ideas of our children and finding ways to incorporate… Continue Reading

If Not Obedience, Then What? Five Ideas To Get Kids On Board!

If Not Obedience, Then What? Five Ideas To Get Kids On Board!

Parents often believe that demanding obedience from their child is the only way to get them to do what the parents expect of them, like doing homework, brushing teeth, cleaning up and so on. The problem is, obedience implies that a child is doing something without any choice, simply complying with a command. Demanding obedience… Continue Reading

Sharing Sunday

Sharing Sunday

It’s Sunday again! If I needed any more reasons to believe that positive and gentle discipline works,  flying with three children this past week was it.  We traveled to see the grandparents and I was so grateful that all three children did wonderfully on the flights. It’s a bit nerve wracking to juggle three kids and all… Continue Reading

Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care Does your toddler like or dislike brushing teeth? This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their… Continue Reading

Sharing Sunday

Sharing Sunday

Happy Sunday! We celebrated Easter today by displaying all of our recent projects in the dinning room, doing an egg hunt at the local playground and by packing for our trip to visit grandparents tomorrow. We love the no-cook playdough recipe from the Nurturestore.  The site also has wonderful play ideas and links to other awesome sites!… Continue Reading

Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

A sure fire way to have successful special time with pre-schoolers is letting them choose the activity and lead the way.
School age children sometimes start thinking time with mom and dad is lame so keeping special time as a ritual, a weekly tradition on a set day/time possibly, is a great way to not lose this very important time together.
This list has 60 Activitiy ideas for special time with Preschoolers and School Aged children. Continue Reading

When Children Bite and Strike: 5 Positive Ways To Deal and Heal

When Children Bite and Strike: 5 Positive Ways To Deal and Heal

Hitting, pushing, shoving and biting are common ways for preschoolers and toddlers to deal with their emotions. Strikes and bites are often happening because something inside the child, some feeling, like a hiccup, just needs to get out. It could be frustration, upset, sadness, anxiety, fear or a mixed bowl of emotions. What can we… Continue Reading

Painted Snow Sculptures in 5 Easy Steps

Painted Snow Sculptures in 5 Easy Steps

Ever try paiting snow sculptures? This weekend we created some snow masterpieces with buckets, baking sheets, and water color. Along with having lots of fun we explored textures, temperatures, colors and shapes. Here are the 5 steps: 1. We collected snow in buckets and plastic containers. 2. Next we used water colors and a little… Continue Reading