Easy Handprint Art Project (For Kids Who Hate Art)

Easy art project for kids who say they don't like art.

I continue to try and find small, simple ways to encourage my 5 year old to try easy art projects, even though he has declared he “hates art.” As I promised, in my last post about our easy tape art activity, I’m sharing them here with you. At the end of this post I’ve listed… Keep Reading →

10 Alternatives to Forcing Your Kids to Learn to Read

Easy reader books for beginning readers.

There is so much advice out there about raising readers and for my first child I mostly ignored it. Not because it wasn’t good advice. It was! It’s just that Kiddo taught himself to read at the tender age of 3 and has since become a voracious reader. So, I didn’t have to do anything…. Keep Reading →

14 Children’s Books with Multiracial Families

Books for kids with multiracial and biracial families

I want books that reflect a diverse, multicultural world. Children’s books with multiracial and biracial families and characters are for everyone! My family lives in one of the most diverse cities in the nation and I am so fortunate my children will grow up knowing people from all walks of life. It will help them become the tolerant, compassionate individuals I… Keep Reading →

Teaching Compassion to Kids (Even on Halloween)

Tips for teaching kids compassion on Halloween.

As I’ve mentioned before, teaching my kids to have compassion for others is high on my list of priorities. As a parent, it is more important to me that they are good citizens than they know their multiplication tables. Of course there are lots of big ways to teach kids about compassion through volunteer work,… Keep Reading →

Game of the Month: Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island is a fun family cooperative game.

This month’s pick for game of the month is another cooperative game. Although we are a family that loves games, lately competitive games have been causing a bit of stress for my youngest son who has a really, really hard time losing! There are many ways to help everyone in the family enjoy game night (<—… Keep Reading →

12+ Classic Books for Tweens

Classic books tweens love.

Although the word “tween” is a new-fangled one, kids ages 9-12 can certainly appreciate a classic book.  My oldest son turns 10 in a few months and will be firmly in this group. While I don’t think there is a consensus on what makes a book “classic” I’ve decided, for purposes of this book list,… Keep Reading →

10 Indoor Active Art Projects for Kids

Boredom busters for rainy days. Fun active art projects that can be done indoors.

As I am currently navigating my youngest son’s disdain for all things art, I thought it would be a good time to resurrect some of the active art projects I did with his brother. The great thing about these art projects, unlike many active art activities is that they can all easily be done indoors, with… Keep Reading →

Halloween Coloring Page for Kids {Plus Giveaway}

Free, printable Halloween coloring page with puppets.

This new Halloween coloring page from children’s book illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg, marks our two year collaboration to bring you a fun coloring page each month. A boy in costume fishes for apples in the sink and the Halloween icons on the side can be turned into stick puppets for extended pretend play. I left a coloring… Keep Reading →