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Why won’t they just get along?

By: Carrie Shrier/ Strategies for helping siblings cooperate and get along with each other. “It’s mine!” “He went in my room!” “She took my toy!” Any parent of more than one child has negotiated many arguments between siblings. Whether it’s about toys, room or just generally having to be in the space, siblings often have…

The Bike Chronicles

Every year at Little Indian Preschool, we have a Trike-a-Thon fundraiser.  Most of the kids show up on their trikes, big wheels, and teeny tiny two wheelers with training wheels.  However, there is always that really impressive three-year-old that zips around on a two wheeler like they cycled their way out of the womb. None…

Bucket Filing 101

With the exception of several bright moments, the early part of our summer was filled with plentiful arguments, trouble-making, and general joy in other’s misery amongst my children.  I was being driven crazy.  I spend the early part of every summer with my fingers in my ears implementing chore charts and ways to add structure…

Odds vs. Evens

When I was growing up, my mom always said that two kids were easier than one and four were easier than three.  In fact, every mom I have ever known that had multiple kids has said that the evens are much easier than the odds, even if that means more kids.  While this whole theory…

Evolution of a Mom

Our guest blogger today is Natalie Roehrig, a mom to four young children ages 5, 3, 2, and 1. With my bulging baby bump six years ago, I had no idea how I would evolve as a Mom.  Before my firstborn I was clueless.  My perception of motherhood was formed by reading the necessary pregnancy…

Friendly Competition

Our boys were recently invited to a friend’s birthday party, where the candles weren’t quite as hot as the heat of competition. We are trying to teach Evan, 5, and Sean, 3, to understand that they are one of each other’s greatest resources in life. I have been blessed with a brother who has served…

Sisterly Love?

My girls are exactly 2 years and 2 months apart.  They were both born on the 3rd of the month, they have the same long blonde hair and blue eyes, and the only way we can tell their infant pictures apart is to check the name on the back.  They both love puzzles, they both…

Free Time…and How to Fill It

A good friend of mine just had her third child. I give her kudos for that in and of itself. Not to mention that she is amazingly calm and put together whenever I see her, despite the fact that she has to tote along a new baby in a car seat carrier, a diaper bag, and a…

It is never that simple…..

Our house is in the middle of a scissors and pen intervention.  This is due to my youngest child and her innate ability to get into trouble.  Last week, she cut the entire toe off a sock she was wearing.  The week before, that she cut her own hair.  Before that she used a ball…