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Practical tips and advice for a family friendly lifestyle

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Do Not like Your Life? Change It: Rearrange It.

Life is life a box of puzzle pieces.

Life is life a box of puzzle pieces.

At times life can be like a box of puzzle pieces:puzzling!

We have many choices when we are so mixed up the pieces don’t fit right.

  1.  Whine and complain.
  2.  Stay passive or silent.
  3. Blame someone else for the problem
  4. Wait for someone (enabler)to fix it for us
  5. Problem solve to do something different.

In the image below I gave the 2 year old a homemade puzzle made from a piece of card board. She thought it was cool, but did not have a clue as to what she should do with it.

  • She had a knowledge deficit. And, that’s OK because she lacked experience as a two year old.
  • If I, myself, had a knowledge deficit as a new parent or caregiver I might have been judgmental and have gotten upset with her for being”lazy or stupid”. Now that would not ever be appropriate.  But, some ill-informed adult do react poorly thus needing some guidance.
  • I could slap her around for not putting the puzzle together. I would NOT do that, either. From  experience I know two year old kids have to be taught from good examples over time.

Unfortunately many adults have their own knowledge-deficits about realistic expectations for children. READ MORE

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The Hand Writing on the Wall, the Doll, the Legs…

EVery child will practice drawing or writing on EVERYTHING! Take a chill pill parents..I know you used a marker on the walls too.

Learning to “write” is an exciting adventure for most children.

If you are the parent of  a 3 to 6 year old be FORE WARNED!

Even very well supervised and best behaved child will practice every chance they get on anything and  everything available;

  • walls;
  • dolls;
  • legs and more…

If they get a hankering to draw they will find a way to mark on something.  No, drawing on other things than paper is NOT OK, but, it is normal behavior to want to see their art work and their name marking lots and lots of items. READ MORE

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Making Breakfast Sensory Play from Felt: Tracing Shapes

Felt breakfast

Felt breakfast. Image copyright Malika Bourne

There is some very nice sensory play items on the commercial market. But, I prefer to make my own felt shapes versus purchasing manufactured products.

This multi-part post will show you how to get started making economical  felt shapes for pre-school children and younger grade school children.

Making felt items for kids to experience texture and shapes is requires minimal artistic skills and few tools. READ MORE

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