The Spark Is Still There

I went to a wedding a few weekends ago. All the kids came with us, too. We left Saturday morning and made the drive up to Grand Rapids. In the parking lot we changed from car clothes to dressy ones. As parents we know that any ride in a car with children requires snacks and…

Stop & Think Questions

Now that my youngest is able to articulate his feelings more and that he’s asking “Why?” a lot, I decided to start asking some questions of my own. How are you feeling? What does that mean? What are you trying to say? All of these are new queries I’ve indulged in asking the kids but…

Sunday Games

Love this Michigan weather!!  These past couple weeks have brought us every kind of day you could possibly imagine—cold and windy to sunny and warm. Never knowing what lies ahead, the boys and I have been opting for more indoor games to keep us busy, games we play as a family. My preschooler and I…

Simming with Dolfis

While helping Rita and Ruby straighten their room the other day, I found a piece of paper that had an outstanding list written in Rita’s 5-year-old block letters.  It looked a little like this: FUN THINS TO DO MOOZEUM YIBARE  STOR CANAFORNA MIKDONALS SIM WITH THE DOLFIS PLAY BORBES To the average eyes, this looks…

Ideas and more ideas

I have recently discovered the website Pinterest. I have now spent way too much time perusing recipes, cute photos and craft ideas. For those of you still blissfully ignorant of this website, it is essentially a bulletin board of photos that people have “pinned” with comments for all to see. These photos link to the…

Who needs a real name?

My youngest daughter has a friend who carefully names all her dolls and stuffed animals.  She has a seemingly endless supply of appropriate names for things she loves, from Herold to Pinky, Belle to George, Julia to Spot.  Her creativity is endless. My kids are creative.  They prove it with their endless story-telling and artistry. …

Think Like a Preschooler

Boston’s Early Childhood blog had a great post recently. It has to do with how children and adults answer four simple questions. The majority of adults get the answers wrong. Curious? Here are the questions: 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? 2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?…

Creating a conscientious kid

We’ve come a long way from the “children are to be seen and not heard” era, back when children were expected to carry more responsibilities at younger ages and had no rights; back when they were expected to behave and never speak unless spoken to. Children today are dominating the home. With many kids being…