Childcare

How NOT to do an art project with your kids

Two kids.  One itsy-bitsy art project to unleash their creativity.  No brainer supplies.  No difficult directions.  Tons of room for self-expression.  Setting it up outside, on a warm sunny day, to enjoy the fresh air and easy mess clean up.  Can’t go crazy-wrong, right?  WRONG!   The idea is rather sudden, so we are getting [...]

Start the new school year off on the right foot!

With the summer rolling towards the end, we all get infected with the Back To School rush. Backpack?  Here.  Lunch Box?  Pretty.  Gazillion of pencils and notebooks?  All ready to be lost and demolished. Tee-shirts, sneakers and pants?  In neat piles in a closet.  Labels?  Stick them on. Socks?!.  Oh, good, all here.   What else? [...]

Teach your child not to interrupt in one simple step

Mom, mom, mom… How many times did you child try to ask you something when you were talking to someone? I bet, many! How to teach children to wait and not interrupt, but to show them that you know that they want to ask something? We loved the article by Kate Gribble on www.aneverydaystory.com about how to teach [...]

Five common mistakes putting their baby or toddler to bed

We just came back from a trip late at night.  Everyone is super tired, super excited.  My toddler woke up twice this night.  My five year old showed up in our bedroom at 3am.  My older one overslept and barely made it to the bathroom.  That’s unusual for us, but sleep is all I can [...]

What’s the Perfect Age to Learn How to Swim

Splash.  Not a moment of hesitation.  Thousands of tiny droplets cover the sides of the pool.  The first thing emerging from a distant blue bottom is a happy grin with a few missing teeth.  Another dive and with a few confident strokes he reaches the other side of the pool.  The ball is his again. [...]

How to Turn a Party Character from a Bedtime Monster into Child’s Dream-Come-True

My kid LOVES Elmo.  We have toys with Elmo, shirts with Elmo, toothbrush with Elmo. Even his first word was Elmo.  Inviting Elmo character to the birthday party seems like a great idea, right? Well, honestly, it depends.  It depends how on your party organization.  Most of the time kids’ favorite character shows at the [...]