Wild Child Activity: Sunflower Power!

By Paula Solis Krock Want a super easy project to teach your child about gardening, the environment, nutrition and math? Plant a sunflower! “Mammoth Sunflowers” boast a motivating 12 feet tall to get your child interested! That is as tall as an adult giraffe or almost as tall as a T-Rex! Gardening and the Environment […]

60 Second Science: Centrifugal Force

I remember the magic of this one from my own childhood using a half-filled pail of water! What you will need: paper cup for each child string water To make a string handle, poke a hole on opposite sides of the cup near the rim.   Measure approximately three feet of string and thread through both […]

Daily Lives: How to Grocery Shop with Four Small Kids

By Jenna Hall I have four children, aged 6 and under. I also have a husband who travels frequently for work, often upwards of two weeks at a time, sometimes on back-to-back trips. I am also sane. And deliciously happy. So are my children. At a recent birthday party, another mother asked me wide-eyed, ‘How […]

A Mudpie Tantrum and a Turnaround

By Bridgette Blakey There we were at the London Heathrow Airport, about to board the flight to Iceland. It had been a long day of traveling already with a 3 hour bus ride and a 2 hour flight from Switzerland to London. We were all tired and grumpy, but my one year old daughter had […]

The Art of a Listening Ear

By Paula Solis Krock Listening is a fine art. I like to think I am good at listening, but to be honest, I struggle. Especially when the voice is a little tiny one that comes from about waist high and sounds something like a Muppet. I have found however, when I stop and take time […]

Lick and Stick Stamps

Make a stamp out of any small drawing! What you will need: 1 packet plain gelatin 3 tablespoons boiling water 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup 2 tablespoons cold water flavored extract such as orange or mint or lemon small paint brush   Pour the cold water into a small bowl and sprinkle the package of gelatin […]

“What Does Your Mom Do?” and Other Mother’s Day Answers from Kids

by Paula Solis Krock One of my favorite things to do this time of year is pause with any 2 to 6 year old and do a Mother’s Day interview and poem with them. I love to ask them questions about their mom, and hear their interesting answers.       I then mount the […]

10 Easy and 1 Hard Thing to Remember About Raising Kids

Here are 10 easy things and one hard this mama learned about raising children into a meaningful life: 1. Remember the four A’s of relationships: Attention, Affection, Appreciation, and Acceptance 2. Kids look up to their parents, and, believe it or not, want to please them (at all ages, even during the teen years). Find […]

Kindergarten Ready: Learning Letters

by Paula Solis Krock “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Random House, 1978) For a preschooler, learning your letters is a big deal. It is the foundation to learning to […]

Finding My (Parenting) People

By Molly Blakey You are in a pinch. You need someone who understands your situation. Someone who lives close. Someone who “gets it.” You need help, not sympathy. You need to be blunt, unapologetic. You need an extra pair of hands. You need groceries, a last minute babysitter, a good cry – maybe all of […]

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