Game of the Month: Ticket To Ride

Favorite family game - Ticket to Ride.

My son received the Ticket to Ride board game last year as a gift, and it quickly became a favorite family game and perfect for my game of the month series. We’ve played it again and again and you don’t even need to have a train obsessed child to enjoy it. (This post contains affiliate links.) Ticket… Keep Reading →

20 Nonfiction Books for Kids Who Love Facts!

Nonfiction books for kids. Books that are chock full of fun facts!

Kids love nonfiction books. Even reluctant readers will often sit down for hours with a good, fun fact-filled book for kids. My own two boys love all the fact books on this list. We have copies of our own, but my children almost never leave the library without a nonfiction book for kids of some… Keep Reading →

One Simple Tip To Stop Yelling

How to stop yelling at the kids. One simple tip.

Shhhh. I have a little secret (two, actually). Well, it’s not much of a secret to my upstairs and downstairs neighbors. Fortunately, they are also parents of small children, and quite understanding. It is kind of an embarrassing secret since I am such a big proponent of positive parenting. You’ve figured out by now that… Keep Reading →

Thankful Coloring Pages to Start a Conversation

Printable thankful cards to color for Thanksgiving.

Yesterday’s gratitude wall would be a great way to use these adorable, printable thankful coloring pages from Melanie Hope Greenberg.  Print this page out, along with Melanie’s Thanksgiving place cards and your kids will have 8 different designs to use for either thankful cards or place cards at the dinner table. Download and Print –> (By… Keep Reading →

Thankful Tradition: Gratitude Wall #PirateThanksgiving

Thankful tradition and snack time with the kids

This “Share Yarr Tradition” conversation is sponsored by Pirate’s Booty. It is a tradition in our home every November to discuss the things in our lives for which we are thankful. I try to also turn it into a creative exercise. It all started one year with our Thankful Tree, in which my then 3… Keep Reading →

Fine Motor Activity: LEGO Head Rescue

Fine motor activity using therapy putty and LEGO minifigures.

I must admit, this LEGO head fine motor activity that my son has been doing every day with therapy putty for the last few weeks has me laughing every time. There’s just something so funny about LEGO heads to me! Is that weird? I have written before about my youngest son’s struggle with his fine… Keep Reading →

Children’s Books Parents Actually Buy (and 3 They Should)

A list of popular children's book that parents buy for their kids. Good gift ideas.

I recommend a lot of books during the course of a year! Except for my month off in July, I published a new children’s book list every Monday. (See the index of all my children’s book lists here.) At the end of the year I am fascinated to see which recommended books parents actually decide… Keep Reading →

Top 10 STEM Gifts with Books to Match

S.T.E.M gift guide for kids

STEM learning is a big deal in our home. My boys are math and science oriented and I like to encourage their imagination in that respect so their focus doesn’t stay on “just the facts”. Every year I create a book and toy combination gift guide and this year I am focusing on STEM gifts…. Keep Reading →