I have been writing about the joys and challenges of parenting from my website and I’d like to introduce the added voices of Jenna and Paula. Between our 8 offspring—from babies to grown adults—we cover a great deal of parenting territory and experience. We hope these stories, hands-on projects and ideas guide and inspire you!
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We were in late afternoon traffic after a long day. Three year old Finn, trapped in his booster seat was restless and ornery and yelling about getting out and getting home. The straps pinched, he was hungry! Let me OUT! The car filled with his escalating yips and growls. I turned to him while his [...]
It is a beautiful day in Seattle and my children are demanding outdoor time, so here are some interesting articles I have read this past week: Parenting young children is tough and Mother’s Day is a great excuse to forgive yourself and laugh for a minute. Do you clean your child’s pacifier with your mouth? [...]
You think I’m joking about this, but I’m certain this list will save you in dire situations with your children. It’s a life saver! 1. A Starbuck’s card–for obvious reasons 2. An unfamiliar toy– Legos or Playmobil are small and can be used to expand play 3. Healthy snack–think protein! 4. A Board book– small and [...]
Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived life of the parent. —Carl Jung I was exhausted. My husband had been in Alaska for the herring season, leaving me on my own, while all four kids all seemed to be going through a rough patch. One [...]
Spring has sprung and with its arrival comes milder temperatures and longer days to enjoy being outdoors. With this in mind, I revisited a couple of my favorite “outdoor” books and wanted to share them with you to awaken the nature-lover in you and your child. Two books I’ve resourced many times over the years, [...]
There are a thousand ways to raise good children, but there is one common support under all of them: a strong relationship between parent and child. In building the relationship with your child it is important to remember humans are a species of hierarchy and we do best when we have robust guidance and leadership. [...]